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General Mach Discussion / Local Help Group
« on: January 02, 2006, 10:12:33 AM »
Here's an idea. What if some of our members in various regions formed a help system where a member in that region could get live, one to one assistance with his machine issues, giving the time to spare issues also. Take me for example, I am no good at all at electric stuff and sorely need help. In this I admit I'm just dumble stumbling. It causes great frustration and angst. I'm in Southern New Hampshire, only a mile from the Mass. boarder and about three miles from Rockingham Race Park. Now if someone from this region who has successfully put together his machine could meet with me somewhere neutral it would be of great help. Although I enjoy Email and forums the live face to face thing is sometimes worth a month of groping around in the dark. If you know what I mean. What say you any feedback?

General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: January 02, 2006, 09:59:48 AM »
Well I wired and tested and rewired and it still doesn't work. The breakout board idea for me was a bust. I could have gotten a wiggy board or I I've blown it out. I don't know enough to know either way. So it's back to basics, no limits, no E-stop, just the software dimensions to guide my gantry. Maybe sometime in the future I will know enough to put all this stuff back on line in working order. Thanks Terry for all your advise and help. It was greatly appreciated.

General Mach Discussion / Breakout Board Operations Questions and Help
« on: January 01, 2006, 05:57:31 PM »
Well I got a breakout board and a power supply from cnc4pc. I followed the directions, ran the wires to the right pins, added the enable switch according to plan. Plugged in the parallel port wire and proceded to make a test of the axis motor set up. Well I plug the power cords to a power strip, turned on the power and----------------------------------- all I got was buzzing. What in the Sam Hill did I do wrong? While doing the wiring I noticed I could have soldered the limit switches directly to the parallel port output. All the Gecko's were wired to it,2,3,4,5,6,7, direction and step. I think I could have just as soon wired the limit wire to pin 1 and been in the same position, but with better results. Anybody venture a solution or help here???? I've tested and rewired and tested again still nothing. I guess I'll just go back to basics and let the software guide my machine, still-------------.

General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: January 01, 2006, 11:14:24 AM »
Terry, I have a cnc4pc breakout board as I've said well it has a simple straight forward diagram for the E-stop button wiring, just wire to screw terminals. I will follow that, but I have purchased a 22mm button and here's my problem, is it supposed to come apart every time I push it? Between the contact block and the screw in cylinder in which the buttom is held there is a keying lever that locks in the button cylinder. In the locked position it works fine, but if it's in the other position it comes apart when turned to the right. Does this sound like a real switch type thing to you?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Confusing Wireing Diagram Questions
« on: January 01, 2006, 11:03:36 AM »
Thank you Terry, I was rather confused by that entry, I guess I'll disregard and cary on. Thanks again.

General Mach Discussion / Confusing Wireing Diagram Questions
« on: December 31, 2005, 06:24:51 PM »
In the Mach 2 manual it shows limit switches wired together with a resistor right, but if you have a breakout board do you still need the resistor? I have a board and I,m unsure. And this board has a diagram that shows a E-stop button just wired up to two terminals, is that all that's necessary for an E stop and breakout board? My board comes from cnc4pc.com. Good board simple schematics, but when you're electrically challenged fear sets in. Any advise and help for a wired up nooby???

General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: December 29, 2005, 04:52:41 PM »
Terry, I purchased a K2cnc machine. It came in modular form, all I had to do was put the X axis frame on. It also came complete with control box prewired with Gecko 201's, a power supply and wired motors and cables. I currently have the printer port connection and usb. A breakout board did not come as part of the original purchase. From schematics I've seen on CNCzone I have all the right stuff to wire and configure my limits and homes. I believe I've let fear take hold. There's  stuff I don't know a whole lot about, and I'm hesitant to go in and do it, if you know what I mean. Unfortunate for us nooby's a manual is not provided by K2cnc even as of yet, so I'm pretty much on my own here(thank God for cnczone and this forum or we noobs would be hard pressed to get any information at all). Now I need to know how to wire up an E-stop button, or would a charge pump be better?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 26, 2005, 10:22:38 AM »
Yes I was, but now I have all the stuff I need to stay current with other members. Thanks for leading me to the good stuff. Sometimes the light is on but I'm not home, ya no what I mean.

General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: December 26, 2005, 09:31:46 AM »
Terry, this is where my problems begin. The electronics part. Everywhere I see members, and users having their limit switches hooked up through powered breakout boards, so I must follow suit, right? So just how is the breakout board wired up. I need to see photo and real simple schematics. I'm severely electronically challenged. Can you help me with this?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 24, 2005, 07:54:15 AM »
I have V R1.83.001. In screen design I've managed to make buttons and a jog graphic but how do I get them into the Mach3 screen set?

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