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General Mach Discussion / Can this computer run mach3
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:01:25 PM »
My pentium3 used to run mach3 using windows 2000. After battery problems due to a long period of no use it was repaired and was loaded with windows XP. This runs slowly compared with W2000 and I have not been able to drive my mill so far. It runs at 735Mhz. When my controller is switched on the spindle rotates at a reasonable speed but cannot be controlled. If I run driver test I get an error report 'Cannot find vectors' 'Pulsing too fast'. Pin settings do not seem to have any effect on the mill but do alter LEDs on the Diagnostics display.
Is this computer/XP not able to drive the mill or is it a setup problem?. Is a special parallel port requied.


FAQs / Re: LazyCam Help
« on: October 28, 2015, 03:36:23 PM »
Thanks Rich.
With your help I have now got things back to the way they were.
Not that easy with windows going vertical/horizontal/full screen etc

Malcolm Smith

FAQs / LazyCam Help
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:16:56 PM »
Two questions, first I have managed to lose the LazyCam window which enables the layers to be set. Cant get it back by reloading. How do I get it back please?

Secondly my Email address in Profiles is out of date; can I just amend it in my profile or will this upset anything.
Sorry if this turns up in the wrong place but it is a long time since I used the forum.

T M Smith

General Mach Discussion / Re: No Mach3 Found Running
« on: January 05, 2013, 05:29:32 PM »
I too am having this problem having re-installed the latest lockdown Mach3 version on my new W7 computer. I have messed about with the problem without any success.
 Has a solution to the problem been found that does not involve an old version of Mach3?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Laser Power
« on: February 15, 2011, 03:07:59 PM »
Tweakie, thanks for your reply.
I think you have given the info. I was fishing for.
 That I could not just strap a cheap laser onto the head of my CNC mill and cut metal.

Ah well, I'll just invest in some more cutters.

Malcolm Smith

General Mach Discussion / Laser Power
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:17:02 PM »
The other day I saw a laser (controlled I think by Mach3) cutting shapes from 1/16" steel sheet, very interesting.
A couple of questions come to mind which I am sure someone can answer.
What power/type laser would be required to cut up to 1/8" steel?
Can a laser repeat the cut to cut thicker metal?

I have spent some time looking through the Forum but not found the answers

Thanks M Smith

Feature Requests / Re: Download Options
« on: October 10, 2008, 05:28:31 PM »
Thanks Sam.
Yes , your method is an improvement on what I have been doing.


Feature Requests / Download Options
« on: October 08, 2008, 05:22:22 PM »
Got to get a post in to prevent relegation.
I find it tedious to get rid of the green markers (ie read/view  mails that are of no interest).
The best example would be the foriegn language sections.
Would it be a worthwhile idea to for members to be able to subscribe to the subjects they want to read rather than getting everything
all the time

T M Smith

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Display problem maybe?
« on: June 21, 2008, 02:15:35 PM »
Thanks Chip and Graham.
That has answered my problem.
Now to the mill.



G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Display problem maybe?
« on: June 21, 2008, 09:57:52 AM »
Thanks Graham,
I get the same display as you.
The problem is that when I simulate the cut with 'cycle start' the indicated cut for the rectangular frame follows the frame outline; but the indicated cut on the lettering does not. The top line of text for instance is shown as being cut at the bottom of the frame i.e. all text is displace downwards!.  This is just being done on the study PC, I have not tried it on the mill but I am assuming it will cut in error as well.

Any ideas


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