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pci parallel trouble
« on: November 09, 2010, 09:51:10 AM »
I have installed a startech pci parallel card because there is none on the board.  When testing the port with mach3 i can jog any of my axis and see the volage drop from 5v to 0v, the problem is it stays at 0 until i reboot the computer.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 10:45:15 AM »
That may be normal, which pin are you checking? Test on a Dir pin and jog one way then the other and see if it toggles between 0 and 5 volts as you change directions.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 11:26:59 AM »
same on all pins...as soon as i toggle just one buttonthe voltage drops and stays there.

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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 12:02:14 PM »
Presume you have the correct address set?
Do the DROs in Mach move when you jog?
Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 12:59:26 PM »
the address for pci 2 says d050 so that is what i put in mach3 on parallel port 2 and yes the dro's do move when toggled.  I also have the parallel port monitor installed so i can see the outputs being activated

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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 01:55:45 PM »
Well assuming the port monitor isnt interfering and it is seeing the port toggling then it would see your port is bad.
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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 01:57:12 PM »
Just read again, you say the port monitor sees it activated, does that mean it sees it toggling or just the initial activation? Have you tried without the port monitor?
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 06:18:42 AM »
Yes port monitor sees it activating.  I have tried it without port monitor and hooked to the bob, but the same thing happens and the voltage drops from 5v to 0v and stays there until i reboot even though you can see it toggling in port monitor.

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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 06:21:59 AM »
I would say it has to be your port that is the problem then as it seems that PortMon shows Mach is acting correctly.
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Re: pci parallel trouble
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 06:23:02 AM »
Just another thought, o you have anything connected to the port when testing the voltages? If you do then remove it and try again.

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