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Mach4 has many threads running and when you shut it down, it takes a while for them all to be properly ended. With more recent versions of Mach4 there are more things to shut down and it takes longer. If any of them have not yet ended, Mach4 will fail to start because of conflicts between the old and the new processes. If the PMDX-424 is not connected the full set of processes is not running and shutdown is faster.

Try waiting maybe 15 seconds longer before you try to relaunch Mach4.

Also make sure that hyperthreading is enabled in your BIOS configuration if it is configurable.


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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 setting up software I/O.
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:40:48 PM »
Yes, but there are other issues that may exist.

The Wantai DB25-1206 breakout board is also confusing. It is set up to require TWO power supplies. If you are using a single power supply, you need to install two jumpers at JN1 and JN2 next to the terminal strips for power input. If you attempt to use a single power supply without these jumpers installed, part of the board does not have power and will not work.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 setting up software I/O.
« on: May 21, 2020, 01:26:53 PM »
To say that the WANTAI DQ542MA user manual is confusing and poorly written is an understatement.

I am almost certain that if you do not need a DISABLE function, you do not need any connections to the ENBL+ or the ENBL- terminals. Certainly powering up the system without these connections will not harm anything, so just try it.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 setting up software I/O.
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:52:23 PM »
Motor drivers with step and direction inputs typically use the unfortunate industry convention of calling an input ENABLE when in reality applying an active signal to this input will DISABLE the driver. Don't like it, but there is nothing we can do about it. If you don't need to disable the driver, you can leave this input not connected.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Startup Logic when sharing switches
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:48:03 PM »
If you start up a machine with a limit switch activated and are configured to share the input for that switch with another limit switch, you will need to use the "Axis Limits Override" button on the jogging panel on screen in order to allow you to jog away from the switch that is activated. After that the normal homing should work.

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See the Mach4 configuration chart at:  Config > Control - Spindle Tab

The values in the column labeled Accel Time are used to pause motion until the spindle comes up to speed.

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See if he will let you load the Mach4 demo on it and play around.

Video graphics being slow is the most likely consequence of an underpowered PC.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 open source content
« on: May 05, 2020, 10:13:56 AM »
I don't know of many screen sets floating about, but there are lots of scripting examples and information installed by Mach4 in the folder:

/Mach4Hobby/LuaExamples

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Vcarve
« on: April 30, 2020, 11:46:50 PM »
Agreed. This is highly unlikely to have any to do with Vcarve.

Most likely it is due to electrical noise disruption of USB communications between the PC and the PMDX-411.

The two most common causes are ground loops or electrical noise related to the spindle motor or its driver.


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Mach4 Plugins / Re: PMDX-416 plugin Mach4 will not load
« on: April 27, 2020, 09:48:21 PM »
The PMDX plugin comes with its own installer, and then you must have a profile that utilizes the newly installed plugin. Usually you would use Mach4Loader to make a copy of PMDX-Sample profile and start editing the new profile from there. What do you mean by "will not load PMDX 416 plugin"?

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