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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #110 on: April 08, 2011, 12:57:32 PM »
Sorry, making accusations wasn't my intent.

You just made it sound like the parallel port is nearly impossible to get to work. I don't think it's any different than with any external motion device.

I think the bottom line is that a huge number of people that are new to CNC, don't have the expertise that is sometimes needed to get Mach3 to work.
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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #111 on: May 18, 2011, 12:26:06 PM »
I have a licensed copy of Mach 3 Ver 2.63. My XP machine is being phased out and replaced with a Win. 7 machine. I use my router mill for 3D carving. I planned on using the 64 bit architecture so I can access all 4 gigs of ram on my machine.  Will I be able to update my version of Mach 3 with old license? Will I have to reset all my ports or will the new version accept them and save to the new version?

Ray

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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #112 on: May 18, 2011, 12:35:13 PM »
All you do is download the current lock down and run the installer, All that info is stored in the XML you use(I recommend you backup the XML before updating, Just in case).

However, if you are running a PP setup then it WILL NOT WORK on a 64bit OS. If you really want that extra gig of RAM and the 64bit OS then you will need to use an external motion controller(such as Smooth Stepper).

If you don't not want to use an external motion controller then you will HAVE to use a 32bit OS of Win7.
Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #113 on: May 18, 2011, 03:20:24 PM »
Thanks Andrew, The machine is coming from my IS team as part of a company wide standardization.  They said they could load the 32 bit if needed, but preferred to use the 64.  It would be nice to have the extra gig, if I add a 3D design program to the machine like Solid Works.  After speaking with my manager, it is a consensus to stay with the 32 bit platform.

Ray

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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #114 on: May 18, 2011, 04:39:00 PM »
You should be ok without the extra Gig, My workstation is a Core 2 Duo @2.93 with 2gig DDR3 and a PCIE 512mb 9500GT. Not high end at all but it runs Mach3 and all my programs like a breeze(I do play WoW on it with ultra settings ;) ). If you hit a snag with the 2gig RAM(doubtful) just compensate with a better video card, though, I doubt even that would be necessary.
Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #115 on: May 18, 2011, 05:13:29 PM »
The more I use and find out about Mach3, the more amazed I am that it sells for such a reasonable price.  Hope that Microsoft never buys it.  The price would go to un-affordable for the hobbiest if that were to happen. 

Be happy and deal with it's few limitations.
Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #116 on: September 07, 2011, 07:14:43 PM »
I am just starting out looking for software and hardware to make and run a CNC 2 - 3 axis machine. This is really stupid question but has anyone tried to run MACH3  in windows 7 64bit but under the"run program under previous version" which will try to run the program like it would run in the 32bit version. Just a question that I have not seen. I know some one has tried but what was the outcome? Thanks.

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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #117 on: September 08, 2011, 06:51:15 AM »
'Mach 3' itself runs just fine on Windows 7 64 bit. The parallel port driver does NOT run on 64 bit systems. The parallel port driver is 32-bit only, there is nothing you can do to make it work on a 64bit operating system.

If you want to use a 64bit OS for running a machine than you have to use an external motion control card.
Happy machining , Jeff Birt
 
Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #118 on: September 18, 2011, 07:11:24 AM »
I just bought a used CNC router, cw really old PC with parallel port.  It died on day 2 of my playing with it.  I went and bought an older HP off Kijiji for 100 bucks, running XP pro.  I loaded all the software non it and it was up and running with no problems.   I have not yet switched to Mach3, because then I would need to upgrade the controller to run it.  $300 ready to go.   I am still a newbie trying to figure things out.  I am finding even the demo version of Mach 3 is a large help to me.   For those who want all the bells and whistles, do like an acquaintance of mine and spend $25000.  Hardly a hobbyists set up.

    Given that I make an awful mess in a very short time using it,  I fail to understand how anyone would be using the same pc machine to do other work in their shop. but thats just me. 

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Re: Will MACH3 ever support 64-bit systems? Officially? FYI, it's 2010
« Reply #119 on: September 18, 2011, 07:54:11 AM »
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I fail to understand how anyone would be using the same pc machine to do other work in their shop.

I have a dedicated PC for CNC work. But i also run all the associated programs for achieving the cnc pathing from CAD, CAM, etc.
Have no problems at all, but will say, that when machining only Mach is being used.
RICH