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Thanks Hood.
That's a big help. Just didn't know where to find the button.

Different subject:  ???
Is it possible to reference just one axis to it's home switch?
It's easy to reference "all home" but I have a rotating A-axis that needs to be referenced when stock is changed. I don't always want to re-reference X, Y and Z as well.

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I know this is gonna be simple but I can't figure it out. Where, exactly (which screen, which tab etc.) can I enable the soft limits?
I would love to benefit from the video tutorials which I'm sure cover this but I'm deaf and without sound the tutorials don't make any sense!

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 19, 2008, 11:11:33 AM »
Thanks poppabear, this looks helpful. I'll only get a chance to run the Mach3 computer again later on, so  I can't try anything just now.
The point about checking "use inputs 1-9"...  I don't have that checked but I only need 2 more inputs, so I was planning to use 10 and 11. Do I still need to check the "use inputs 1-9"...?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 19, 2008, 04:35:27 AM »
UPDATE:
I've fitted a new PCI parallel port card and reinstalled the driver. Also a new cable. Still no joy. Mach 3 does not see the input (the address is correctly setup for port 2 pin 10).
Would it be possible to use an ncPod to provide the extra 2 inputs that I need? It seems that it's a lot of trouble to setup an extra LPT port  :(

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 14, 2008, 01:54:31 PM »
I've swapped the cable with the one on the 1st port. It's OK. The pci card was tested with a printer quite a long time ago and I don't still have a parallel port printer. So I cannot say for sure if the card is working right.
Thanks, Hood, for confirming the address. It just looked a bit strange.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 14, 2008, 05:11:05 AM »
Thanks Hood. I'm also wondering about the pci card, so I've ordered a new one, but it'll take a few days to arrive.
When I set the (mach3) port 2 to ec00 mach3 changes this to 0xec00. Is this correct?
I'm using winXP oem, no service packs.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 13, 2008, 01:40:11 PM »
Asign an input to the pin you are wanting and see if the Input LED lights when you ground it.
Hood
Just tried this. No joy. Input LED does not light up.

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General Mach Discussion / 2nd LPT port. Inputs setup.
« on: June 13, 2008, 08:55:21 AM »
Hope someone can help...  I've read other relevant threads but problem not solved.
Here's what I'm trying to do: Connect 7 inputs from the Mill to Mach3. 5 of them are on LPT1 and the other 2 will have to go on LPT2. I've fitted the second LPT port and tested it with a printer. When I switch the port addresses around in Mach3 the motors seem to work but not homing properly. So at least Mach3 can see the 2nd port. Put ports back to their original order and all homing works fine.
Testing port2 pin10: Enabled OK. Set to active high or active low, watch diagnostics screen and... nothing happens if I short the pin to Ground or to 5V.
What am I doing wrong??

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General Mach Discussion / Re: saving work offsets
« on: May 15, 2008, 06:44:17 AM »
Uncheck the `Copy G54 from G59.253 on startup` Box.
This worked for me tho I`m not sure what the G59.253 is for.

Wow. Thanks. That saves me a lot of time!

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General Mach Discussion / Re: saving work offsets
« on: May 15, 2008, 02:29:26 AM »
Have a look at Config/General Config - botton left hand corner -

Is persistant offsets ticked - if not, tick the box and try again.

Thanks, but it's already checked!

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