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Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:25:40 PM »
Hi everyone,

  I have Mach3 running on an xFX PC with Windows 7 but that PC can't be used to drive the Mill I am making. I bought and built a new PC with a ASUS P8B75-M main board which has an on-board parallel port. When I load the Mach3 parallel port driver the PC will not restart due to an unhandled exception. Not installing the Mach3 parallel port driver allows the PC to restart with no issues however Mach3 will not operate. The issue is that under windows 8, Mach3 does not seem to get interrupt service so the Diagnostics screen shows +0.0 for the "Time in Int."

Any ideas?  ???

 I would really like to get this thing together and attempt to Mill a block of butter (er Drlrin) this weekend ;D

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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 02:51:32 PM »
W7, W8?
I presume you are meaning its W7?
Is it 32 or 64 bit? If 64 then you cant use the driver for Mach, only way to get it to run on a 64bit OS is via an external controller.
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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 04:47:39 PM »
Hood,

  Nope, it is Windows 8 and it is 32-bit OS. The DRO shows movement. I will be able to connect the Gecko driver to the PC in a few hours. If the Gecko drives the steppers than no issue.

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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 05:14:47 PM »
If there is no driver loaded then it will not work I am afraid.
Have you tried loading it in compatibility mode?
Why are you using W8, I didnt think it had been released yet.
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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 06:21:22 PM »
I am using W8 (Release Preview) because I do not have a third OS license. W8 is not release as a complete package however anyone can download it and install it at this point for free. It makes sense for me due to the touch screen I have on this PC. I guess I will have to install some other OS or wait for Artsoft to support W8. There is one guy on this forum that has W8 and Mech3 running but he has a different MOBO so that will not work for me.

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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 06:26:55 PM »
Unless its a very easy fix it will likely not get fixed for  W8 in Mach3.
Mach4 will do things differently, the parallel port will be supported via a plugin like external controllers are now, so as long as Mach  itself runs then it wont matter what OS (32/64 bit whatever)
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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 07:46:14 PM »
I thought that Art had posted that the driver will not work in Windows 8?
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Re: Mach3 under Windows 8 on ASUS P8B75-M
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2012, 12:32:26 PM »
Ger21, Hood, any others,

  I had to purchase a copy of W7 so Mach3 would get interrupt service from the hardware. After a very long day yesterday (loading two separate PCs with W7), I am now up and running and looking to place the limit switches and wiring the rest up.

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