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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Display spindle load
« on: January 23, 2024, 12:19:16 PM »
I personally have never used a CS Labs board or software, but it looks like this web page describes the procedure. Not trivial, but at least CS Labs indicated that analog is supported.



Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Display spindle load
« on: January 23, 2024, 06:36:22 AM »
It seems to me that what is needed is documentation from CS Labs about how to read their analog inputs using their Mach4 plugin. Typically this sort of thing is done by having the value appear in a Mach4 register. Once this is available, Mach4 has all the tools needed to display and interact with the value provided.

You might try temporarily connecting the Z axis output from your MB3 to a different axis driver and motor to see if you can replicate the problem. If so issue is probably in Mach4, the ESS, or the MB3.  If not, try swapping driver only. Process of elimination......

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: MACH 4 home switch configurations...
« on: November 25, 2023, 09:10:04 PM »
That video is provided by Warp9TD and I did not contribute to it. They do a better job than I could with explaining how to use an Ethernet SmoothStepper.

When you are initially setting up communications with the SmoothStepper and running the configurator supplied by Warp9TD, you must have your computer connected to the SmoothStepper. Once that is done, I ~think~ you can do the rest off-line, but don't consider me the final authority about that.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: changing PC ID
« on: November 16, 2023, 01:08:46 PM »
Your Machsupport Forum account and your Machsupport License Management account are separate accounts.

I suspect that you do not have a Machsupport License Management account since you got your license through Automation Technologies.

Try to log in here>   https://www.machsupport.com/my-account/

If you cannot log in there, then you do not have a Machsupport License Management account and cannot update the license yourself because the license is in Automation Technologies name and only they can make changes to the license. This arrangement was how resellers were originally required to handle licenses. More recently it was possible for resellers to issue a "Coupon" which purchasers could use to pay for the "purchase" of their license on the Machsupport License Management account and be able to manage their license for themselves. It may be possible to have your license converted to the new method, but I am not sure of how this is done. You would need to work with Machsupport and Automation Technologies to arrange get it changed.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: changing PC ID
« on: November 08, 2023, 10:22:42 AM »
If you have a Machsupport.com login account associated with your license, you can generate a license for the new PCID. If your license was preinstalled on the computer and you never had a login account, you will have to work through Automation Technology.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: changing PC ID
« on: November 07, 2023, 09:06:55 AM »
The usual things that cause the PCID to change are hard disk replacement, or re-partition into different drive letters, or major a OS update. I suppose that it is possible that if the CMOS battery died, the BIOS configuration could change in some strange way to trigger it.

Try checking the PCID again after the machine has been off for a few hours. If it comes up with the same new PCID, I would recommend getting a new license to match and move on with your life, you may never know why it happened. The Mach4 license procedure will not penalize you for doing this.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4 demo "time out"
« on: November 06, 2023, 08:23:45 AM »
After using Config > Select Motion Device to select the Simulator and closing that window using "OK" does the selection stick, i.e. does it show correctly ticked next time you open the config window?

When you use Config > Select Motion Device to select the Simulator, do you see more than one device listed?

Mach4 can have multiple devices enabled at the same time, but only one of the devices currently ticked as selected can be the one that moves the axes. If you enable more than one device capable of moving the axes strange things can happen.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: ESS Software Velocity FIFO ran out of data
« on: October 26, 2023, 12:06:00 PM »
There was some trouble with motherboards using the Intel Gigibit Ethernet chips. Drivers were updated by Intel. Any chance that yours could be one of them?

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: mach3 motor not moving
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:39:38 PM »
The "thump" is normally expected when the DC power is applied to a G203V driver and associated motor.

Try turning the motor without power turned on and also after power turned on.

If they feel the same, it is likely that DC power is not getting to the G203V.

If the motor becomes much more difficult to turn by hand after power is turned on, then the driver is likely OK and your Step and Direction signals are not getting to the driver.