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SmoothStepper USB / Re: ESTOP not assigned to SmoothStepper Input?
« on: February 14, 2009, 03:38:28 PM »
Thanks Hood, so simple a fix, no more warning on start up. I think because of the way I have reset the equipment that I will add an E stop button near the machine once I can find a proper switch to work it with.

again thanks


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SmoothStepper USB / ESTOP not assigned to SmoothStepper Input?
« on: February 13, 2009, 11:04:18 AM »
I posted the following on the fourm at Warp9 web page, but no reply. I am guessing they don't check their webpage that much. Maybe someone here can explain to me why this message appears and what I have not done.
thanks



ESTOP not assigned to SmoothStepper Input?
I have just gotten smoothstepper installed, I had no problem following the instructions, which is a plus for me. When I load up Mach3 I get the above message, I can hit Reset in Mach3, get the above message a second time, close that and everything then works fine. I assume I have not done something right.

One more thing, which might relate to the above. When using Mach3 before and I hit the space bar on the keyboard the sherline mill would stop, I notice now that when I do this it keeps going for a short time before stopping. Is it possible to add an Estop button onto the Smoothstepper?

Thanks for any help.
Jim
         

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Rotating Drawing
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:48:10 PM »
Thanks Chip

Under properties I have no advanced settings tab, mainly because I use a Microsoft cordless mouse, and that might be the problem. The wheel works with other programs, just not with LC.

Its not that I have to have that function, just couldn't figure out why it won't work.

Jim

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LazyCam (Beta) / Rotating Drawing
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:27:06 AM »
I have LC 3.00.2 Lic version, I can't get the drawing to rotate so I can see the cut lines. I have a 3 button mouse, just wondering if there is a special setting the 3rd button, or wheel in my case should be set at. Right now if I press the wheel down it gives a enter command.

I have held it down and moved it all over the drawing, still does not rotate it.

Any ideas why?

Jim

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LOL, you are right Hood, I didn't save it. Always meant to make a copy, just never got around to it! I save all g-code and cad drawings to a different disk just in case, so not like I couldn't....ah well live and learn.

At least the mill is up and runing, just need to fine tune and back making chips again. thanks everyone for all the help.

Jim

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Thanks Felix, I changed two things in the bios, one to make plug and play work and changed the parallel port to Bi-Directional which seemed to be the best choice to ECP+EPP which it didn't list.

Now it is talking to the Xylotex board, just have to remember all the mach3 settings I had to make it all work smoothly.

Jim

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Thanks Hood, I will check that tonight, at work right now. The motherboard does have a parallel port, just that with it needed to buy an additional cable to use it. I have also checked the Bios, it shows the parallel port as active and the address of 378 which is set in Mach3 also.

Will check the voltage tonight.

Jim

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I am having problems with my system since I installed a new motherboard. I can't seem to get mach to run my stepper motors. Now before I go into to long of a question, is there any simple way to test the parallel cable to see if it is working? I don't have a printer or anything else to check it with, but may by I can read voltage on a pin? I changed to an Asus M2N32-SLI motherboard and installed the cable for a parallel cable as the instruction said, using same cable that I used before for my Xylotex system and Mach 3 which all worked fine with last motherboard, so thinking it might have something to do with the port.

Just want to start with checking the port to see if it is working.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Jim

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Direction of cut
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:28:55 PM »
ok downloaded it, where do you get these "the arrow direction on the chain", I have one chain all the way around and no where can I get arrows up showing which direction the cut is going to be.

thanks
jim

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LazyCam (Beta) / Direction of cut
« on: August 22, 2007, 07:27:59 PM »
Ok, I downloaded the newer version of Mach3 and now can't seem to make anything work correct. Is there anyway in Lazy Cam to see which way it is going to cut. I have a simple almost square box to cut, I have tried the outside offset with clockwise check marked, with it not checkmarked. Both times it cuts counter clockwise.

Also tried to use the lead in for climb mill and then it would start the cut but climb up tell it was not cutting at all on the part.

If I don't use the offset, it then decides to cut in the clockwise direction. So please someone tell me what I can do to have lazy cam cut in the direction I want!!

Jim
Abbotsford, BC

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