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Thanks for the replies.
Good of you to take the time.

I've downloaded the updates and I'll install them when I'm clear of the current business.

In the meantime, this is a little chunk of the code Sheetcam is writing (from one cut to the next)
N0100 Z0.0000 M03
N0110 G02 X98.2146 Y1181.7854 I1.7854 J-1.7854 F5000.0
N0120 M05
N0130 G00 X1301.7854 Z20.0000
N0140 Z0.0000 M03

At line 130, SheetCam simulates this as the Z move completing before the X move starts.
Is this what you would expect Mach4 to do from the way this is written?


Far from the expert, I'd say NO, X and Z will move simultaneously. Try it in air, then add line 125 G0 Z20.0000 and see what you get.

Hi propstuff,

That almost sounds more a post processor issue than a Mach4 issue. If you can fix the issue by adding a line of gcode. the posts should be able to do that!!

That said, support is going to want you on a WAY newer version (4612 at least) and if you truly have an ESS and not a USB Smoothstepper, USS, you'll be nudged to a new plugin, too. ESS Mach4 plugins don't even use that numbering convention now.

You might rename your Mach4Hobby folder, install Mach4 new, and copy you plugins, profiles, screensets, macros, whatever, into the new version so you can fall back by simply renaming directories, too.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Moving from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: May 29, 2021, 11:44:26 AM »
I think NO. No profile copying or anything. Maybe screenshot your Mach3 pins and other stuff and put them in Mach4. Andy at Warp9 has LOTS of good info about setting up Mach4/ESS so start there. You're going to be eventually very happy, but don't get in the rut that Mach4 is Mach3 just updated, it's NOT.

Good luck,

Bargain Basement / Re: Gecko G320X/G320
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:36:04 PM »
Ah, man, I looked, there were 7, and I forgot to come back here and tell you. So I'll accept $300 for the 7 G320x drives.

We should probably take this off of here. Text nine two zero two five seven seven seven zero six (hopefully you have a cell phone!!) and we'll work it out. PayPal preferred, and I'll pay shipping long as you're not in Timbuktu!!

I don't have an answer to your troubleshooting question. Maybe try the breakout board manufacturer unless it's one of those totally generic simple break-out-the-pins boards. If it's a PMDX or CNC4PC you should be able to get some help.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How do I make "Go to Work 0" work?
« on: May 21, 2021, 02:57:33 PM »
I'm far from an expert, but I don't think you can edit screenscript.lua, you need to edit the function in the screen load script in the screen editor.

Bargain Basement / Re: Gecko G320X/G320
« on: May 11, 2021, 06:17:58 AM »
They are, actually!! I'd have to go look again in the shop, but I don't remember getting rid of any!!

What do you need?

Opinions? My opinion is YOU can do it. Might start in the screen editor and see what's in the button that turns on keyboard jogging and duplicate it somehow in the Screen Start Script.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: 4612 Build
« on: March 01, 2021, 10:16:33 AM »
I boldly upgraded to Mach4 4612 from 4336, ESS plugin 272 from 250. Everything seems to work, including single block.

I think the PC ID is hashed from hardware, but don't know which hardware, or how it works. Windows does this with activation, too, but I KNOW Windows doesn't burp up with an HD change, you can clone away and be good, but probably a processor or NIC swap would trigger it!! The good news here is Artsoft has been very liberal with hobby licensing and you have to push it a ways to irk anyone!!


Todd, I'm afraid the keyboard jogging issue you describe is "normal" behavior. If you change focus and use one of the Mach4 keyboard jog keys in the now focused program, the machine will move. Some here will tell you no NOT change focus, and don't have your machine connected to the internet, two "rules" I don't follow!!

I think I've read where someone wrote a script or something to fix this.

I use a VistaCNC pendant so don't use keyboard jog too much, and if I do, I remember to turn it off right after using it if I'm swapping back and forth between CAM and Mach4.

OH, and if copying your license file over leaves your PC ID wrong, then, yes, I guess the HD changes the PC ID!! You can easily get another license and deactivate the old one if necessary, on the web site.


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