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Parallel port missing
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:54:58 AM »
I had to migrate to a new PC recently, and I have been stumped by the parallel card. I have a windows 7, 32 bit computer with a parallel port attached to the PCI-E bus. And for the life if me I cant get the Mach3 to interact with the parallel port.

A poster on the buildyourCNC forum suggested that MACH3 cannot see the parallel port on a PCI-E bus. Is that true ?

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 12:39:32 PM »
I have never used a PCI-E card but know others that have with good results.  Are you loading and running everything as Administrator?

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 05:22:19 AM »
Make sure that it is a true P-port and not a usb implementation of one.

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 03:36:37 PM »
My old PC is getting past it, I am thinking of running my CNC with a lap top any ideas of what spec I should go for and is there any problems that I might have to watch out for
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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 08:21:58 PM »
I just started this.  I struggled to get the thing (Mach3) to even boot up.
Just can't get it to make the mill budge.  Nothing.  Nada.  Not even a twitch, trmmer or shimmy.  Nothing.
Am at a loss.
I know there has to be a reason for it but right now I have no flippin clue.
3 days now and not a single thing is moving.
Going to have to dig up some documentation and see if there is something I have to do like sacrifice a chicken at midnight while dancing under the full moon.
It's going to be a VERy rough week.
Hey if this turns into a flop Ill have a PC, Mill and software for sale! 
So disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW I am running a win 7 64 bit, start with run as admin. All requirements met or exceeded, no alerts or request for action to trouble shoot.

The parallel is a pci card.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2014, 08:28:06 PM by DingusMcgee »

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 09:50:22 PM »
You can't use a parallel port on a 64 bit OS. Mach3's parallel port driver won't run.

A 32bit OS is one of the requirements to use the parallel port.
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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 10:07:15 PM »
So what do I need to do?  I went with this assumption that I could.  This is off their website.  What do I need to do to run my mill with Mach3 off this computer? 

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 08:04:03 AM »
For 64 bit PC's, you need to use an external motion controller. The most popular is the Smoothstepper, from www.warp9td.com
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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 10:16:29 AM »
Why did I not see that coming.
Ok, thanks for the info and the link.
I should have known that the deal on the cnc mill was going to end up being expensive....... >:(

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Re: Parallel port missing
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 10:46:11 AM »
There are other options. Look at the UC-100, it's a little cheaper. http://www.cnc4pc.com/Store/osc/product_info.php?cPath=93&products_id=481
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