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Help getting my machine running...
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:36:22 AM »
Hello everyone. Great forum you guys have here. I have been reading for a while up to today when I finished putting my machine together and got ready to get it running.

I downloaded Mach3 demo, added the XML file and ran the driver test. Then I followed some instructions and set up Mach3.

So far, no movement at all. First, I am running Mach3 on a laptop. Its an older IBM with a built in printer port. 1.7Ghz, 1GB ram with Windows XP.
My Controller is a TB-6560. Looks like some toshiba parts but made in China.

My printer port is 03BM so I changed that in Mach3. Now when I try jogging I hear a little "clunk" coming from the motor but no movement at all.
Also, the driver test completed all the way but said during the test that the pulse was too fast?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 05:05:01 AM »
try swapping the clock and direction signals

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2011, 07:53:07 AM »
What pins have you set for each axis Step and Direction within Mach ??

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011, 09:02:57 PM »
Tweakie, not sure how to check the direction in Mach3...
Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 02:16:45 AM »
Spent a few more hours but still no luck. There must be power to the motors as they seem to be locked and wont turn freely by hand.

I attached my printer port settings if any one care to take a look. Not sure if that's the problem...
Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011, 02:17:25 AM »
oops, forgot the files... ::)

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2011, 02:24:07 AM »
Tweakie, not sure how to check the direction in Mach3...


What settings do you have for Config / Ports & Pins / Motor Outputs ??

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2011, 02:29:45 AM »
This is what loaded from my XML file.

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2011, 02:55:12 AM »
Hi Peter,

Your motor output pins setup and the other settings all look Ok at this stage.

The problem may be with your laptop.
The opto isolators on the 6560 controller board generally require the full 5 Volts TTL and there is a chance that your laptop printer port outputs 3.3 Volt TTL signals which is just not enough.
Is there any chance you could use (borrow) and old desktop PC just to try to see if there is any difference ??

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Re: Help getting my machine running...
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2011, 10:55:25 AM »
Unfortunately I don't have access to a PC. Only Macs around the house. Is there a way to test the voltage?