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Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:13:45 PM »
I recently purchased a CNC plasma table that uses Mach3.  I wanted to "upgrade" the computer.  I bought a HP desktop with an available slot for a PCI Express card.  The computer is running Windows8.  Added the parallel port PCI card, loaded Mach3.  Is there a driver script I need to run?  Will it work at all?

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 09:13:51 PM »
I don't think you can use the parallel port in Windows 8.
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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 10:15:39 AM »
Bummer.  If windows8 lets me set ut up, will it work with Mach3?

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 11:35:34 AM »
I don't think the driver will run. Try installing it and run the Driver test.
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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 12:04:59 PM »
Run the Mach3 driver test?  I already have it installed....may of just wasted my money. 
Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013, 01:28:09 PM »
My IT man at work has been on to Dell today, I want a new laptop for when I get started with Mach3, windows 8 is about all they'll do, apart from a stupid price for a win7 one

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 02:16:01 PM »
All you have to do is pick up a Smoothstepper controller and you are good to go. I would go with the ethernet version.

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 12:39:14 AM »
Im currently running mach3 in windows 8 64 bit, using a uc100 usb adapter, into a gecko 540. No problems with this set up.

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 05:36:35 PM »
Does W8 allow you to have a dual boot ie; can install XP on a partition and run XP?

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Re: Will Mach3 work on a Windows8 machine?
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 08:02:34 PM »
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/how-to-install-win-xp-over-win-8-for-dual-boot/37e5d224-c908-4672-964c-1f60b602800c?msgId=d2279624-dd9c-4841-ab0d-842ebf5f1381

I tried it, but the computer was made for win 8 64 bit and the network card driver was not available for any other Operating systems.
Biggest issue is drivers for hardware on the mother board