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General Mach Discussion / Re: how to hook up a e stop
« on: December 03, 2009, 10:23:05 PM »
Hi yes hood that is what I want to do thanks.I just wanted to go back a few steps and then home the machine to 0 X O y Oz . Then let the machine go back to where ever it was.  then start cutting from there. I like to keep things simple. Less to remember. I am not as Quick to remember thing now days as I use to a few years ago. Thanks again. The program is easy to use and easy to set up. But somtimes it is easier to just ask how to do somthing from someone who has done it or who knows. Thanks

General Mach Discussion / Re: how to hook up a e stop
« on: December 03, 2009, 09:53:39 AM »
yes when I hit the stop button on mach 3 the program does stop without loosing steps, But I had a bit come loose a couple of month ago and the bikt started to dig into the board I was cutting.  By the time I got to the mouse and stopped mach the bit was 1 1/4 inches into the board. I reset the bit and spent 2 hours reseting the program. It when 100 or so steps beyound where it was. the bit stoped moving but the machine thought it was still going. Talk about missed steps.... I only need somthing that is fast for example I could have a button in my hand so that when I push it the machine will stop dead.and also stop the mach 3 program then when I reset the mach program it woul continue. Hope you know what I mean.

General Mach Discussion / Re: how to hook up a e stop
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:10:05 AM »
hi this is larry again I didnt tell you what I was using it is a 4x8 gantry router for cutting wood. I have gecko drives and using steppers with a 8 to 1 gear reduction. I mostly am doing toys, signs, and photo typing for my own use. I use aspire 2 and bobcad.

General Mach Discussion / Re: how to hook up a e stop
« on: December 02, 2009, 11:57:07 PM »
Hi this is larry again thanks for the input. Yes I just whant it to pause the mach program when I push the estop button.  Also I know there will be some los of steps even a hundred steps is okay. What i will be able to do is reset the cutter at the home position and then tell the program to start from here or the next line and the machine should go to where that line is on the machine. Thenit will start the cut a few steps before it was stoped for what ever reason. I have had the machine lose 4 or 40 steps and ruin the work before I could run to the computer to stop it. It could have been save but I had no choice but to start over because I didnt know where the steps were. My board has a wire between to terminals and when it is unhooked or disconnected the board losses power. It is a  ( pc4cnc board ) What I realy need to know is if I have a pulse sent back into the computer will it tell the pause button to pause the machine . And howwould I do that  thanks for the help so far...

General Mach Discussion / how to hook up a e stop
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:05:04 PM »
Hi this is larry . I have hardly ever asked a Question before . The program is so easy to use as soon as you get it going . But I need to ask one question now. I have whent over some of your post but there is so many of them. I need to know how to hook up my estop so that when I push it it will tell  mach to stop the g code. I now have it hooked to my  cnc interface board. I think it is a 10 cnc for cnc board. Any way all it does is stop the board from runing. What I need to know is there a way to signal the computer. I have had to stop the machine a few times and then run over to the key board and tell it to stop. Then go set the machine and spend the next 2 hours reseting the mahine then the computer. That is if I am lucky. I would really apreciate your help thanks

FAQs / Re: Mach3 on XP pro
« on: May 30, 2008, 10:01:54 PM »
hi I am using xp pro to and when I was using it in the house without a machine conected it worked well when I conected the machine to it it did the same thing as you said after giving it a hit  with my foot and unplugin it for a few hours (it got so bad the key board would not work the mouse shut down it would not even shut down ) so I had to pull the plug. then when I whent out a few hours later it said it needed f1 pushed I did that then it called for f12 I dont know but I did that also then it just rebooted and everything started to work again it works good now have had no more problems maybe you have already done that also..

 ;D hi my name is larry charlton or larryc as I will be known on tis forum I just built a 4.5 foot by 8 foot cnc router macine it still is a long way from being finished but I have just installed mach 3 and got my licence. I am having some roblems getting everything going and getting registered on the forum but it is all coming together well.  I am from canada ontario from walford up here in the north.  Just interducing myself.......

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