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As an added annoyance the macros associated with the buttons on the Mach3 2010 screenset for homing and probing no longer work on the Mach3 GUI.  They can only be operated by the pendant.  Love to hear of a fix for that too...

I still haven't found a fix that works for me.  The MPG Increase Mode macro does nothing at all in my case.  I really want a working velocity mode on this pendant, the quality of the hardware and wireless operation are great but I just can't use this thing like my old pendant, the functionality is just not good.  It's really annoying.

I've got the same problem, and thought I came across the fix in this thread: https://www.cnczone.com/forums/mach-software-artsoft-software-/210234-xhc-wireless-pendant.html
Someone from the XHC company seems to have posted the solution in theory, to load up a custom macro to one of the buttons that enables 'MPG Increase mode'.  What I think we are looking for is for the MPG to operate in velocity mode - the faster the wheel is turned, the faster the axis moves.  I'm not actually interested in absolute movement amounts.  I can't get velocity mode to work at all no matter what I try.  I can either move fixed increments (STEP mode) or a small distance at a fixed speed, in CONTINUOUS mode.  If anyone has any suggestion I would love to hear it!

SmoothStepper USB / Re: Config problems - FTDI USB Driver Error
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:14:36 AM »
Hi Jeff,
I have just fixed the issue.
When starting Mach up and selecting the use the SS plugin rather than the PPort driver, I would then be confronted with a message saying that some of the SS settings were not set (pulse frequencies etc that you configure in the Plugin Control menu).  There was an option to select to load some defaults (YES button) or load nothing and manually configure it in the aforementioned config dialog (NO button).  I was clicking NO and manually configuring it.  In the end I clicked yes and at that point the firmware was obviously flashed to the SS and the lights started flashing.  Everything was ok then.  The only problem is all of my settings have been wiped (ports and pins, motor tuning).  Small price to pay though.

SmoothStepper USB / Re: Config problems - FTDI USB Driver Error
« on: November 28, 2011, 10:30:18 AM »
Having trouble downloading Mach 3.042.040.
In the mean time I tried Mach ver. 3.043.053 (current dev version) with version 2.08.14 of the SS USB driver (current version) on a completely different PC running Win 7 64bit.  I get exactly the same message and apparent failure to upload the firmware to the SS.  Surely lots of people must have seen this?

SmoothStepper USB / Re: Config problems - FTDI USB Driver Error
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:39:52 AM »
Ok I have tried some more permutations, I can't get this to work.

Mach ver. 3.043.022 (lockdown version) with both 2.08.02 and 2.08.14 versions of the SS USB driver.
Mach ver. 3.043.053 (current dev version) with both 2.08.02 and 2.08.14 versions of the SS USB driver.

I'm using SS Plugin v17efb in all cases.

I get the same behaviour with all.  I have also tried 2 USB cables.  My computer is running Win XP if it makes any difference.

I notice you have Mach 3.042.040 and SS USB driver 2.08.02 on your site Jeff.  I'm going to try this as I guess this is a known 'good' combo.

SmoothStepper USB / Re: Config problems - FTDI USB Driver Error
« on: November 27, 2011, 04:44:57 AM »
I haven't had a chance to work on the system since I found the error.  If I fix it I will post too.  Good luck and I look forward to hearing of your success.

SmoothStepper USB / Config problems - FTDI USB Driver Error
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:44:10 AM »
Tried configuring my SS with the lockdown version of Mach (3.043.022) and the latest dev version (3.043.053) with the same result each time.
When I try to OK the SS configs in Mach (setting controller freq and axis step freqs etc) I get an error:

Error returned from USB function FT_Write.
Error: FTDI USB Driver Error


Bytes requested: 64
Bytes written: 26

This looks to me like the driver isn't correctly installed.  Also, I'm never getting anything other than a solid power light and solid INIT light on the SS.  Nothing to confirm the firmware has been successfully uploaded to it.

I'd appreciate any ideas anyone might have.  Thanks.

Thanks for that Hood.
When I get a chance to get to the PC I will do that.  It isn't connected to the internet and is not in an 'easy' location to get USB sticks in etc.

General Mach Discussion / Second parallel port enable makes 1st one slow
« on: October 21, 2011, 12:10:37 PM »
This is a strange one.
I just put a StarTech PCI parallel card on my system as a second parallel port.  I haven't yet confirmed that it is working.  However if I enable the second parallel port in the Mach ports and pins screen, the motion of my machine through the 1st port becomes jerky, slow and useless.  As if all the pulse timing has been screwed up by enabling a second port.  Anyone seen this before?

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