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First, I desperately need help getting my Bridgeport mill to work through Darek Ashburn's Hillbilly BOB.

Then, I have posted a fairly complete set of manuals for the Bridgeport Boss6.

For the life of me cannot get Darek Ashburn's Hillbilly BOB to work with my Bridgeport.  I am completely stumped.

I have a Bridgeport Series II CNC, which works just fine.  Everything on it is good and it runs
without a hitch.  That is, until I hook up the Mach 3.  Then it becomes a paperweight.  No jog, no nothing.

I think the problem has to do with the inputs.  None of the input lights come on.  Ever.  I
have no idea if this is normal or what.
Also, when trying to run a program I get to the message "“Spindle Start Requested” in m3.m1s,
and nothing happens afterward.  The next line is   SystemWaitFor(Input2)  and it simply hangs
there.  Waiting for an Input2 which it never receives?

I also don't know what to look for to see if the NOT E-STOPPED signal has been sent.
Then, does pressing the Emergency Stop on the mill do something?  How do I reset the software?

I have gone through everything including rechecking the wiring, and it all checks out.  I have followed the
instructions in the document "USING MACH3 WITH BRIDGEPORT STEPPER DRIVES" including creating the
new macros, but still nothing.
I have checked the Bios to ensure the parallel port is properly configured.  Apparently it is, with the port set to ECP+EPP, and the IO range is also correct.
I checked the parallel port cable and it is good on all lines.
I cannot for the life of me figure out why I am not getting any input from the mill at all.

I have a series of pictures here which should help.  (The Bridgeport was fully running when these pics were taken.)

Info on the BOB can be had here.  http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?topic=646.0

Hopefully someone will have a suggestion.
I need HELP!!

Here are the Bridgeport manuals I have posted.  In my experience, most of not all of these manuals were virtually impossible to obtain until now.
These manuals are in zip format.
Bridgeport Series I CNC Program Entries Descriptions
Series II CNC Programming Manual
Series I Programming Manual
Series II CNC Operating Manual
Series II CNC Maintenance Manual with full schematics
Available at:  http://www.lowryindustries.com/Bridgeport Manuals.htm

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Perhaps a daft suggestion but could you not PM Darek http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=257 and seek his advice.


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
Not daft at all.  Done that, but I have not yet received a response.

Not a problem, though.  It has only been a couple of days.  But it is still better to ask around in case Darek is out for a few weeks.