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mach 3 driver test program
« on: April 08, 2010, 04:21:56 PM »
Hello everyone

I have recently downloaded mach 3 to my tower PC running windows xp (had problems with my laptop running vista)

When running the driver test program, I get to the stage where "system under mach3 control" is dispayed.

The "Pulses per second" dro on top of the display however shows "0", and no horizontal line appears in the "timer variations" window.

The PC is running at 2.6 GHz. Is this too fast for Mach, or should I be looking at a hardware problem with the parallel port.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Regards

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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 05:08:27 PM »
Do you have Mach open when you are trying the driver test?
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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010, 02:29:46 AM »
Thanks for the quick reply

No it wasn't running.

I've however now selected mach3 mill. The mach3 controller has appeared on the screen.
I then minimized the screen and selected the driver test program.
What I get is a pop up screen saying "could not locate missing vectors"

If I run the above procedure using Mach 3 turn, I get the timer variations graph with 0 indications ( as per my first message)

My LPT1 is running at address 0378

Hope this helps a little

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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010, 02:41:36 PM »
Try re-downloading Mach and installing again and before you do that un-install the driver from device manager.
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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 05:46:36 PM »
Ok, great. I was able to get the driver running and the profile is excellent.

Thanks a lot for your help.

At present I'm not able to get the Emergency to "Reset" unless I click on the "offline" button.

What have I done wrong this time???

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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010, 05:54:07 PM »
If you do not have an E-Stop button connected then you will need to go to Ports and Pins, Inputs and change the active state of the E-Stop input.
Hood
Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2010, 06:25:11 PM »
You make it look so easy.

Thanks

Hope to be as proficient as you some day

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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2010, 06:26:51 PM »
ha ha, just been using Mach for a few years so know my way around it, still lots I dont know though and every day I learn something new :)
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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2010, 10:13:41 AM »
Several years !!. That sounds like a long while.

What type of machines are you running/have converted ? Are you producing some specific product?

At present I'm converting an old Orac lathe (lovely machine) to new electronics.

Two hurdles remain before I finish the conversion.

Namely:
 1) Properly configuring Mach's charge pump / Emergency stop system (using the CNC4PC break out board).
 2) Properly configuring the/a VFD (inverter) and coolant pump for operation via Mach.

Although I've read a bit on the above two subjects, I'm still a little confused because of the many variations.

If you can offer some assistance, I can get into more detail.

Best regards

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Re: mach 3 driver test program
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2010, 11:06:58 AM »
I have a Bridgeport Boss6.1 , a Beaver NC5 Mill (Bit bigger than a Bridgeport ) a Churchill Computurn 290 Lathe and I made a wee coil winder for a customer, although its me that uses it :)
 I dont produce any specific products, I repair fishing boats mainly and use my machines for that.

One thing to remember about the charge pump is that in reality it is meant to be used to stop steppers jumping around when Windows boots and should not be relied on as an emergency stop type feature.

Afraid I have never used CNC4PC stuff so cant really help with specifics.

Again VFDs I have no experience with, my spindles are servo motors (stepper on coil winder)

Hood