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General Mach Discussion / Re: An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 22, 2011, 11:50:17 PM »
I took ger21's advice and stopped at Fry's on the way home from work and picked up a .1uf capacitor and added it to the wires leading to the Z probe plate. The probe light on the "Diagnostics" page stopped flashing and the Auto Z Zero works like it should. Thanks to all for your replies. Now I can get back to installing Mach3 2010 screenset.  :-* :-* :-* ::) :o

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General Mach Discussion / Re: An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 22, 2011, 08:34:37 AM »
Also, if noise triggers your probe input, it will move to Z1, thinking it's finished. If it stops at Z=1, then it's possibly noise.

I did notice that the Z moves up about an inch and stops. So I'm sure this is probable the problem.
The last time I used the CNC, about a month ago, it would not Auto Z Zero but I didn't have time to check for a reason. I had been using Auto Z Zero for months with out any troubles.
The problem came up again when I was trying to install "Mach3 2010 Screenset"  I could not get Auto Z Zero to work with the 2010 screenset. Even though I chased the cause for hours. I was sure I must have some setting set wrong. Finely changed back to Mach3 screenset looking for help. But I could not get "Auto Z Zero" working. ( Must be a setting in the program, right?) I finely game to the forum for help, I new someone here would be able to help....... ::) ::)

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Gene,

Nice job on the clocks and video. It was very enjoyable watching.
Part of the fun is to catch a glimpse of some ones shop and machines.
I missed the CNC, was it in there?

Yes the CNC was there, just off camera to the left. Maybe once I get my CNC back on line. (I'm having trouble with my Auto Z zero.) I'll post a Video of the CNC & my shop.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 21, 2011, 10:51:20 PM »
Try adding a pull-up resistor (300 ohms or so) to +5V to the probe input.

Regards,
Ray L.

Thanks Ray I'll try the resistor.............. I knew someone would be able to help me here on the forum..................

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Nice going Gene.
When do you move it to the living room?
RICH

There really are two clocks............One of the clocks went to my daughter's home in Dallas, the other to my daughter's home in Clear Lake, TX. last June................

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Here is a project I made on my Home Made CNC. Hope you like it.

Gene
Santa Fe, Texas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oCtOXiDj_w

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General Mach Discussion / Re: An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 21, 2011, 09:19:50 PM »
Also, if noise triggers your probe input, it will move to Z1, thinking it's finished. If it stops at Z=1, then it's possibly noise.

I have noticed on the "Diagnostics" page that the probe LED does flash, for no apparent reason. Do you know any reasons for the noise.  I have been through the wires more than once. I may try to run temporary wires to the probe plate. But it will have to wait..............I have been at this sense 5:30am.

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General Mach Discussion / An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:07:19 PM »
When I press Auto Tool Zero my Z moves up, not down like it should.
This is the VB Code I have used for some time, but it has stopped working.

Message( "Auto Zeroing..." )
If IsSuchSignal (22) Then
code "G31 Z-3 F20"
While IsMoving()
Wend
Call SetDRO( 2, .060 )
code "G1 Z1"
End If

I have checked all the wiring, probe plate and settings so many time, that now I am getting confused about what I've checked and not checked.


 ???

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Driver test question.............
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:33:18 PM »
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That is why I need to run the "Driver Test.exe" to try and eliminate the drivers, if they are my problem.

Driver Test is to check the Mach3 parallel port driver, not your motor drivers.

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I have the latest release of Mach3 but I do wish that Artsoft would come out with an update to run Mach3 in Windows 7

It does run fine in Windows 7. You yourself just said it did.

If you're motors are not running smoothly, it could be a lot of different things. Could be bios settings. Could be interference from other software. Could be resonance.

What kind of drives are you using?

Sorry about that I thought 'Driver Test' was to check the motor drivers. My motor drivers are....Microstep Driver CW230.  And YES Mach3 is running fine in Windows 7 32 bit.
I did have a strange thing happen yesterday morning I was making a tool change and raised the motor. When I did I hit the limit switch on the 'Z' going to the + side. I reset the switch, and nothing would work. No motors would move. I finally saw that the "offline" was lit. So I reset it. But now when I press "Go to Zero" the Z goes to the + and will not zero. I rebooted the computer, and tried all the normal things. I can move the three axis by jogging them and they move as they should. Is there a switch in Mach3 that needs to be reset?   

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