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Offline N4NV

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New computer
« on: June 11, 2011, 04:17:16 PM »
I am replacing the computer on one of my Mach controlled machines.  I have installed windows XP.  What is the best procedure to making the swap?  i.e. load Mach and then just copy the XML file?  What files do I need to copy? 

Thanks
Vince

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Re: New computer
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 04:20:54 PM »
XML holds your config, if you have tooltables or Offsets set up then you need them, they are in the macro folder for the profile you use, easiest just to copy over the whole macro folder. Brains and Plugins if you have any, screensets and associated bitmaps if using non standard and of course your licence file.
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Re: New computer
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 12:17:48 PM »
Thanks, I will give it a try.

Vince

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Re: New computer
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 04:35:40 PM »
NEW TOO CNC AND KNOW NOTHING. BEEN READING MY BUTT OFF   TRYING TO LEARN       
WANT TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO SET DIPPER SWITCHES ON MY MOTOR DRIVERS  X AND Y AXIS ARE CHAIN DRIVE AND THE DIPPERS ARE SET BECAUSE I COPIED THE GUY ON BUILD YOUR OWN CNC  VIDEO
  Z DRIVE HAS A LEAD  OR ACME  SCREW I WANT TO SET MY Z AXIS DRIVER 1/4 AT 3 AMPS 
I WANT BE CONFIDENT IN WHAT I AM DOING
PLEASE ADVISE 
THE BEGINNING OF MANY STUPID QUESTIONS .   
THANK YOU   

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Re: New computer
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011, 06:06:04 AM »
Mikee,

What driver board are you using ?

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.

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Re: New computer
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2011, 04:07:14 PM »
 Break out board 5 axis breakout board v5 made in china i dont have company name or model on the board or any of the instructions that i have    drivers are  cw230 CE   i think  i got it figured out   z axis driver setting lead or acme screw 1/4 3amps   motors have  8  wires  and they are Bipolor parallel wired.   im sure i said that wrong
i have #8 down #7 #6 #5 up #4 down #3 up #2 down #1 up   i have no idea what  switches # 4 and  # 8  are even for  
 #4 and #8  switches  that is what confused me.
please advise
thank you
mikee  

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Re: New computer
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 02:08:38 AM »
Mikee,

As far as I can tell switches #4 and #8 are unused and should be ignored.

You have set #1,#2.#3 for 1/4 step which is OK but 1/8 or 1/16 would be better and give a much smoother motor response.

You would be wise to initially set #5,#6,#7 (currently 3 Amps) to a lower current such as 1.5Amps for testing and setting up as this will dissipate less heat in the motors etc.

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.

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Re: New computer
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 03:39:11 AM »
i can set my z axis to 1/16 and i can do 1.5 amps  should i be making changes to X and Y axis   
i just finish my running all my wires
in the morning im going to plug  my pc to CNC board and drivers cnc  i have not config pc or mach3 break out board etc.
i really dont know what i am doing was  going to follow the mach3 manual directions that i have i think there is a video on setting the  parameters  if i can get this info in mach3  i will be happy
thank you for your advise
  i need to hit the books first thing i want to make  is a hollowed out box 6in x 12 od 5x 11 id  1/2 in thick  anyway im 1 in thick on one side and i have no side on the other 
 

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Re: New computer
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 03:53:00 AM »
Mikee,

Change all axis driver setups to the same config.

The Mach setup videos are here http://www.machsupport.com/videos/

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.

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Re: New computer
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2011, 02:13:30 PM »
 hey tweakie 
  have printed a mach3 mach 3 addon cam bam  manuals  and a cnc glossary off of cnc zone
I believe i have  down loaded everything .     
X and Y axis are chain drive. Motor drivers  set at 1/16   3 amps   8 down 7.6.5. up 4. 3. down. 2. 1. up. i will set all my drivers  to 1/16  1.5  to 2 amps   dont know how important this is  but i am running 36 DCV to drivers  and motors i have learned how to set my drivers   
thank you  again 
mikee