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I have made a wizard screen with "screen4" (a lot of work) under c:\mach3 installation folder.
In order to move it to another folder, i select "defaults" -> "mach location" and i show the new location.

The problem now is when i open the .set file to edit it,
there are hundreds of messages appearing with an exclamation mark and an OK button,
and there is no written message on them.

After pressing to all OK, the set file opens as well, but
when i press over an image button to edit it, says "Text function file is missing".
I have searched other posts, but i cant find any solution.

My will is to just move the set file under other folder than c:\mach3
Any ideas would help...


How can i read a value from a txt file (on a VB script button)
and then put the value to a DRO?

The txt file contains only the number value.
I have tried to use "file input/output" from the VB-Script-Commands.pdf in Mach Wiki,
with no success.

Any ideas would help.
Kind regards,

PoKeys / Pokeys analog input & Feed Rate DRO
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:15:44 AM »
I use an external potensiometer with pokeys, to control the Feed Rate DRO (0-200%).

I have made a brain that reads the 10bit value and multiplies by 0.1954 (to give 0-1024 = 0-200%).
The pot works very good. (No delay - as i have read to other topics.)

My problem is when i run Mach for first time and i hit reset button,
allthough the pot can be at any position, the DRO goes to 100%.

The value is not beeing refreshed, unless i move the pot.
So the Feed Rate DRO has a wrong value.

How can i move it to the true value?
Seems like the brain does not work when the value is the same...(???) (i dont know)

How can this be solved?
Have you faced it before?

Any ideas would help...

KInd regards,

General Mach Discussion / THC unwanted movements...
« on: March 05, 2011, 02:36:26 AM »
In order to move the Z axis while the program is running,
i have activated the THC UP and THC DOWN inputs,
emulated with PageUp and PageDown keyboard buttons.

Also, THC is enabled on the "MIll Options" menu.
The Z axis moves very nice with the specified speed (0-100%).

My problem is when i press "pause" and after that "start" again,
the Z axis makes a movement Up or Down, which i dont want at all,
because my torch touches the plate!

The movement is:
Up if before "pause" i have pressed "THC UP" or Down if
i have pressed "THC Down".

I have tried many combinations of THC on or off, G28.1,
external buttons at the parallel port, but still the same.

Have you ever seen that? I can't find a specific post.
Any i deas will help.
Thank you!

General Mach Discussion / Spindle OFF and DoOemButton(110) problem
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:50:51 AM »
I face a problem with spindle speed as following:

I have made a macro "M900" in the middle of a program, which includes:
If GetOemLed(164) then
End If

which means, if the CW rotation LED is active, switch off spindle.

The spindle is switched OFF, but the Oem 164 LED is still ON.

It goes OFF only at the end of the program when "Turn OFF spindle" under "General config" is selected.

My problem is that i want to start and stop it during the program flow,
by reading the 164 Oem LED.

Exaclty the same happens if i read the OemLed(11) instead of (164).

Do you have any ideas?


VB and the development of wizards / Which is the focused DRO?
« on: December 23, 2010, 12:26:53 PM »
Is there any way to know which is the focused DRO?


VB and the development of wizards / Wait until external application ends...
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:51:54 AM »
I'm using a button to call an external application:
Shell ("c:\myapplication.exe")

Inside the same button i want to load a file after "myapplication" file is closed.

So, i need something like "~wait for myapplication to close" between these commands:
Shell ("c:\myapplication.exe")
"Wait for myapplication to close"

How can i do that?

General Mach Discussion / Status error messages list.
« on: October 12, 2010, 03:32:02 AM »
Does anyone know where i can find a full list of the status error messages?


General Mach Discussion / Reverse Run stop when G0 ...
« on: October 08, 2010, 05:25:16 AM »
Hello everyone!

When i lose the cutting, i press pause and reverse run, in order to go back to the path. This works fine.
The revense run will go back the whole program until reaching to the line No 0 (zero).

Is there any way to do the following: (?)
When pressing reverse run the program will go back until finding the G0 command and then pause or stop.

How can i do that?
Any ideas?


General Mach Discussion / Jog Z axis when in program... (?)
« on: September 08, 2010, 11:57:52 AM »
Possible while the machine is running a program, to move the Z axis with a button?
I use the mach for cutting with waterjet.
Sometimes i need to move Z axis up or down manualy, while running.
Any ideas?
Thank you.

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