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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2010, 09:43:10 PM »
the computer only locks up with mach 3 open.  otherwise it can sit there all day just on.  this computer is a 3gHz celeron processor with 2 gb of ram.  i thought i built it well enough to avoid these issues.  driver test looks good at 45 kHz as thats where i'm running, its a nice steady stream with a blip every now and again.  the cpu percentage i can check in the morning but i don't think its much at all.

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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2010, 02:13:08 AM »
How much of a blip is it? Is it onboard graphics?

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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 08:48:25 AM »
yes it is on board graphics.  when i had a seperate graphics card, it would freeze sooner.  the blip is 10.2 microseconds

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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2010, 09:28:04 AM »
Does the frequency on Diags page sit fairly steady and about the 45KHz you have set?


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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 02:25:58 PM »
yes the frequency is one really smooth line.  there is a small spike every now and then but its smooth and the spike is intermittent.

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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2010, 02:46:18 PM »
I was meaning the frequency on the diagnostics page in Mach.
Just dont know what to suggest as it seems you have done most, apart from maybe to heck in the BIOS for any power saving features just in case something there is causing issues.
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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2010, 08:29:13 AM »
The frequency on the diagnostics page starys fixed at 43860 and doesn't move.  i am half tempted to try out the smooth stepper, but i know thats got its own share of issues.  i am today going to reload windows one more time with the F5 setup.  once that is done i will compare it to what i'm currently running.  if its no better i'm throwing out the darn computer and starting over with a brand new one. 
Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2010, 10:13:23 AM »
Alright, well i did a full reinstall of windows xp with using the F5 classic compute install and now it won't even boot up.  i did try and install a seperate video card on this install so i'm willing to try it one more time without it.  this is getting ridiculous.  why do i need to buy a new $500 computer to run a basic software program without crashing?

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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2010, 10:51:12 AM »
Well really Mach is a bit more than a basic programme, especially if using the driver, having said that most computers dont have an issue but unfortunately there are the exceptions and it looks like yours may be.

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Re: mach 3.042 install on fresh win XP install and driver test won't work
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2010, 11:56:21 AM »
I was running v..020 for some time and now it does what you are describing. I start the computer and it runs ok, I start mach3 and it runs ok, I try to load gcode and it locks up. For me, I believe, it's a processor / motherboard problem. My computer is old. On the new one, for me to run the driver test, I had to right click on the tester and run as administrator once, after that it ran fine. Now the the issue for me is mach is not seeing the parallel port.