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New Parallel Port not working
« on: September 25, 2010, 01:23:15 PM »
I installed a parallel port card and I can not get Mach to communicate with my machine. I took some pics of my driver setting in Windows, anybody see anything wrong?

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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2010, 05:03:15 PM »
You have attached three xmls one for turn, one for plasma and another for  screen4
Have you set the correct port address?
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2010, 10:09:16 PM »
Sorry Hood, how about this one?
Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2010, 12:46:09 AM »
I don’t know if this will help you but when I was trying to get Mach3 to communicate with a Gecko G540 based controller system it would not work because the parallel port was not in EPP mode. You have to boot into the computer’s bios to change this.

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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2010, 07:02:37 AM »
Are you sure you have the correct port address set?
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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2010, 11:03:45 AM »
Hood, I'm not sure I have the correct port address assigned. Do you see something that verifies this?

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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2010, 11:14:31 AM »
Not really but its the only thing I can think of, your xml looks fine apart from Pin 16 being both spindle Step and Dir and also OutPut 1. I am sure I mentioned that to you before and you said that was the way it was meant to be with your spindle hardware, so its not a problem. Even if it was wrong it should not stop you getting movement on the axis.

If you go to device manager then Ports   and look at your PCI cards resources tab is the address cc00?

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2010, 11:56:09 AM »
Yes, here is the screenshot

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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2010, 12:32:41 PM »
That seems to be a shortcut to the pic on your computer so afraid I cant look at it.
If the port address is correct then what I would do is take the cable off the back of the computer and put a volt meter between the Dir pin of the X axis and Gnd on the port itself then Jog the X one way then the other. If you see the voltage change between 0v and 5v you will know Mach is outputting and your problem is possibly cable or even further out.
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Re: New Parallel Port not working
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2010, 01:01:23 PM »
I'm pretty sure that my problem is the parallel port card. If I install my old computer the machine works. I think there is something up with the address or the fact that it is an ECP port?