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Newfangled Mill Wizard / Re: Mill Wizard won't license - Nothing working
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:06:48 PM »
Hi Mike,

Yes I did. Went to Help, About, open licenese file, Clicked file on desktop. Closed window, reopened window and nothing.

I licensed mach4 two days prior, Its more or less the same procedure is it not?

Newfangled Mill Wizard / Mill Wizard won't license - Nothing working
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:37:23 PM »

Hello, sitting here trying to catch up on jobs after upgrading to mach4 and a 7762 vital card. Manage to license mach4 ok but i just cant seem to license mill wizard. Done step by step as directed.

-pc id copied from mill wizard (screwed that up the first time by getting it from mach4 as you can see my license history)
-opened email unzippied files
-copied .txt file to desktop
-ran wizard as admin (tried without as well)
-open license file in "about" sub-menu
-close license box
-reopen license box
-still demo

tried reinstall no change . This should not be this difficult. lol.
Pulling my hair out...

Any help would be great.



dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:50:07 PM »
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dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:40:49 PM »
Well ok then.
Is there a particular website where I can start reading up on this stuff? I have think I have a half decent grip of the parts inside the box but I have no real understanding on their interactions. I have no idea how to determine what should be connected to what pin and how that translates to inside mach3 when you look at ports and pins. I didn't build this machine but I don't mind getting my hands dirty with it.
It seems to me like if it used to work fine it should not be too far off and unless there are differences in the 7762 ports and pins to the 7761 ports and pins, this should all be software related. While I really do appreciate the help from both Vital and MachMotion, confirming that the 7762 is talking to the computer does not solve my problem. I don't mind learning but I need material for that. If anyone else has some ideas and advice I would love to hear it. Marc I am also willing to pay you for support or anyone that can help me with this.

Here is a list of know facts;
-This machine was built by someone else. It worked ok for the last two years with the 7761, 7535 (not v3), 7721p. It uses and dell with XP, Mach3 with 2.********* revision and Ultimate Screen. It uses dc brushed servo motors and motion dynamic cards
-I took out the 7761s and directly replaced with a 7762s. Plugged in everything to where it was plugged in before.
-As soon as the install was done I ran the VSI device manager and upgraded both the firmware from 7.********* and the fpga file to current files. Based on the file I read I disabled the J11 & J12 Stepgen and Encoder Variables in VSI Manager. All the firmware pins have -1 value in VSI Manager as well
-I also upgraded the mach3 driver
-When the mach3 was loaded up the machine would only arm momentarily. The z and x axis moved when it armed for that split second. the only error message was "command killed due to buffer error" When I had the e stop in it would not try to arm at all which I thought was a good thing. on the pins window in Mach3 the emergency led light was flashing red and all the limit switches were yellow
-Marc remotely accessed the machine and verified that the 7762 is in communication with the computer. Nothing changed after a new XML file was loaded by Marc.
-MachMotion went remotely on line and changed the value of the input pins on the e-stop and limit switches from low active to high active and at that point the machine was able to arm but again z axis and x axis were in motion. and after about 3 seconds I had an error message that said" buffer overrun". When you click ok Mach3 just shuts down.
- I went back in just to see what would happen if I only changed the low active value for the e-stop and not the limit switches. The machine armed but disarmed right away saying limit switches are triggered which is obviously not true.

Where do i go from here?

dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: January 13, 2017, 08:31:02 PM »
Hi Marc,

I have spoken to the guys at machmotion, I don't know if I mentioned this to you or not, but its just their screen (Ultimatescreen) I was using not their controller. In any case, we did not fix the issue but we did make a small improvement. He changed the active low values to off in the input signals window of ports and pins for the limit switches and the e-stop button. After that change the system would arm but the z-axis and y-axis would start moving very slowly as soon as the system armed then a few seconds later I got message about buffer being overrun and then the mach3 crashed. After that he told me that this is a VS issue and he has gone beyond what they support. Any thoughts?

dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:37:17 PM »
Hi Marc, So we have changed out the card. Updated the firmware and fpga. All went seemingly smooth but when we try to hit the reset button it kicks out right away and sometimes throws a code "command killed due to buffer error". Also as soon as I start mach3 there is an error led on the 7762 and seems there is red led as well as green led on the 7535p. Please let me know what I can do. Thanks

dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: September 06, 2016, 04:10:28 PM »
Hi Marc,

Thanks for getting back to me so I am using two 7721 cards and 7535.
This scares me to death because as before mentioned I cannot afford to lose my machine for long.
Anyway I look forward to hearing back from you.

dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Switching from 7761s2 to 7762s
« on: September 04, 2016, 05:14:49 PM »
Hello Everyone,

Thanks in advance for hopefully helping me with this question. In advance I should mention that I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to setting this stuff up. I own a custom motorcycle shop and I use my mill for making custom one off parts. I bought the machine about two years ago and it has been working fine but there are just a couple of issues I was having. One of them was that I could not use peck drilling and the other was a tiny pause on simultaneous 3 axis movements. I was advised that it may have had to do with the outdated 7761 controller I am using. As luck would have it my friend was selling his 7762 so I figured I might as well pick it up. Therefore now I am at the part that scares me very much because i do have a working machine I would just like to make it better but I cannot afford to lose my CNC capabilities for too long.

How would I go about doing this?
Do I just unplug the old unit and plug in the new one?
I assume I need to install new drivers and plugins on Mach 3?
Will I lose all that has already been setup (plugs, ports, spindle)?

Sorry for the questions I know its all probably pretty basic stuff to you guys but I was reading the setup instructions and the bit I understand seems pretty intimidating.
Please let me know what info may help with this.

Off the top of my head here are some things to know.
I am running an old knee mill that was retrofitted a couple of years ago.
Running it on an old Dell Windows XP comp.
Running MACH 3.

Thanks again.

Flash Screens / Ultimate Screen Issue
« on: October 26, 2014, 12:22:55 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Before anything I should say that I am new to cnc and new to Mach3. I have recently acquired an older retrofitted knee mill which I plan to use to make some motorcycle parts as I build bikes for a living. I have been messing around for a few days now reading books and doing tutorials etc. I plan on using solidworks and solidcam  to do most of the heavy work in the future. That is more or less the background I can give.

Here is my problem. I am running Mach3 2.0 and in addition I am using the Ultimate Screen V3.06. I have decided to do some simple test runs with the mill using the conversational programming portion of the screen. I am have tried several very simple wizards to create some g-code (which I am still learning). After all the parameters have been defined I run the verify option and all seems ok. After I hit post code and exit back to control screen, the screen gets stuck on "Processing... Please Wait". You have to hit the visual reset button to get back to the control screen at which point if I try to press start cycle or stop i just get an error message saying script not found. I can reload the code but it make no difference and there are no error messages at the bottom of the control screen. Am I doing doing something wrong here?

I hope this is the correct section to post this in by the way.

I would really appreciate some help with this. Thanks.

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