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Use the Game Devices dialog in Control Panel/Devices and Printers. I will show the button numbers when pressed.

Yeah but that's how Windows sees them, not how your plugin sees them. IOW, you have a button named B1, in Windows, that's my Button 9. Wouldn't it make so much more sense if your plugin would just highlight the button that's pressed, then we can map it as we want to. Instead of having to go through and determine which of the joypads buttons correlate to the plugins buttons, etc.
Just press a button on the controller, the plugin tells what that button is, then we map it to what we want it to do. Would make a good plugin great!

On another note, it appears that I have to push an axis, then press the safe button to get that axis to move. Then to move another axis, I have to push in that direction, then the safe button. Is that the desired operation?? I saw earlier in this thread someone else showed this same behavior but there was no resolution posted.
Just to be clear, if I hold down the safe button, then push in a direction, nothing happens. If I push in a direction, then press the safe button, that axis will move, if I then push in another direction with the safe button still depressed, nothing will happen. I then have to release the safe button, press a direction, then the safe button to get a movement.

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I really wanna get this plugin working but I'm having some problems understanding the mapping. I'm using a Logitech Wingman rumblepad, It doesn't have the standard NESW buttons but instead, has six buttons and only two "index finger" buttons. How do I know which actual buttons correlate to the plugin buttons?
Shouldn't there be a "Device Mapping" section that recognizes which button I press and tells what that button correlates to??
 

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Mach3 under Vista / Re: Windows 7 -Mach 3 freeze
« on: July 28, 2015, 08:31:54 AM »
Next time is locks, open control panel/device manager and see if the parallel port is still shown. I had a lock up problem and it turned out to be the parallel port would just disappear from windows. Found a better driver and it hasn't happened since.

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Has anyone been able to get a touch probe to work through the ESS?? I can see the "Digitize" input go green in mach diagnostics, and I can see pin 10 activate in ESS diagnostics but the Z isn't stopping as it should. Using the same script I used before the ESS.

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As an update for anyone else having problems with the ESS and SuperPID combo, I got on/off to work by powering both units from the same source. I used the USB port on the pc first, worked fine. Now I have them both powered from a 5v 2a power supply and they are still working fine. Came down to the SuperPID manual saying that the Pid MUST be connected to the pc, well, now the ESS sends all teh signals so it needs to be connect to the ESS.

Still didn't have PWM working. So I kept trying things. I got it working but I didn't know why so I tried to undo what I did and redo it to see if it will work again. I don't want some system that works sometimes but no one knows why! So I could not get it going again. Then I changed the Mach3 motor control to Step/Dir. Works every time now. I did notice the data monitoring would not show the spindle checked (in jogging section) even though the actual spindle was working. This was when PWM didn't work. Every time the spindle jogging WAS checked, PWM worked.

This is a very weird device and for the monety he's getting for it, there should be a lot more concrete documentation about it. Goes to show that even the developer can't get the thing to 'just work'.

Oh and the motor tuning part... it's BS. Doesn't make a bit of difference.

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>>I emailed the support address. No reply.
A manufacturer can get 100+ support emails a day. Your email may also have been caught in a spam filter, the replay to you may have been caught in a spam filter and there may have been email server problems. I have had all of these happen to me when trying to communicate with my customers in the last 5 years.

Or maybe he just isn't replying. Any of the above is possible.

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>>As for the forum post you linked to , I'm not a member of that forum and I doubt I will be joining
So you won't join the support form for the manufacturer of the equipment you are trying to install. But you will come on here and complain about not getting any support form them? That makes NO sense to be honest with you. If you would bother to read the post I linked to and perhaps even use the forums 'Search' tool you might learn something. It makes no different to the SuperPID where the PWM signal is coming from. Since you are not using a BOB how are you connecting the ESS with the SuperPID?

So you're saying emailing for support is not acceptable??Why would I have to join a forum I don't want to join? That makes no sense to me.
As I said, the ESS is connected directly to the SuperPID on the pins being used. So pin 16 from the ESS goes to the RUN input, Pin 17 from ESS goes to the PWM input.
Reading a post from a someone who uses a Gecko will do me no good.

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>>Guess he doesn't provide support any better than his documentation.
There have been 30+ posts on the warp 9 forum in recent weeks. When did you try to get help?

I emailed the support address. No reply.

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>>I'm being told the ESS can only use pin 14 for PWM,
No true, it can output a PWM signal on any output pin.

I thought as much, seemed odd to lock it to one pin.

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>The ESS has all max Step Freq set to 1M as suggested.
As suggest by whom?

The ESS Manual. The Warp9 website. I guess you can say the developer of the ESS.

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1mHz is too high for most systems. Take a look at: http://www.soigeneris.com/Document/Warp9/Installing_and_Configuring_the_Ethernet_SmoothStepper.pdf for the formula for calculating the max step frequency for your machine. This has no impact on your spindle issue most likely.

As I recall a lot of folks use a USB cable from the PC to get 5V for the SuperPID. The ESS is isolated from the PC (Ethernet connections are isolated on both ends), and if you are using a separate 5V power supply for the ESS as Warp9 (and I) recommend then you wind up with no common 'ground' (DC Common) between the SuperPID and the ESS.

I also seem to recall there was someone on the Warp9 forum last year who had issues with a SuperPID...

http://warp9td.com/index.php/kunena/7-general-discussion/5182-mach3-ess-g540-superpid?start=18#7327

I think your PWM base frequency might not be right. From the post above and other related posts it looks like the SuperPID requires a 1000Hz (1kHz) base frequency.

So are you saying it needs a common ground or it doesn't?? I have all components grounded together, can't understand why anyone would suggest otherwise.
As for the base freq, that comes right from the SuperPID manual. 50hz. But I tried 1k as it was the default for the ESS anyway, still no good.
As for the forum post you linked to , I'm not a member of that forum and I doubt I will be joining but the title says Gecko so I don't think it would apply to me anyway as I don't use a Gecko and that changes a lot. My spindle control is coming directly from Mach3, so with the ESS, it would be directly from the ESS to the SuperPID, not going through any other BOB's.

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Just about to return the ESS I just bought. Can't get it to operate the spindle at all. Been reading everything I can to try and figure it out, unfortunately most "fixes" are using a Gecko and I am not.
So I can control everything just fine using the parallel port. Problem is I'm having other problems with the parallel port so I figured I'd try the ESS. I have everything working through the ESS except the spindle.
I should Say I tried warp9 support without any reply. Guess he doesn't provide support any better than his documentation.
My setup is mach3 to a Hobbycnc board and a SuperPid for spindle control. I use pin 16 for on/off and 17 for PWM. I'm being told the ESS can only use pin 14 for PWM, so I'm gonna try that but that seems unlikely.
With the settings I have now, I can still control everything through the parallel port. So if I insert the ESS into the mix, I do still get the 5v on the "Run" pin of the SuperPid, and it goes to 0v when mach3 turns on the spindle, but the SuperPid does not turn on the spindle.
In Mach3 spindle setup, I have both M3 and M4 set to output 1. In outputs, output 1 is enabled port 1 pin 16 active low.
Mach3 motor control, "Use Spindle Motor Output" is checked, "PWM Control" is checked with a 50hz base freq.
No other changes to spindle setup tab.
In Motor Outputs, Spindle is enabled, Step port 1 pin 17, Dir port 1 pin 16 Active low.
Motor tuning, spindle set to 1000, 60 and 1 as suggested.

The ESS has all max Step Freq set to 1M as suggested. PWM is checked with a base freq 0f 50Hz.

Anything I'm missing here??

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