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Mach3 randomly pausing
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:15:46 PM »
Ever since I got started with my cnc table I have been having an issue with mach3 randomly pausing during tool movements. Everything slams to a stop for just a second (including the dro) and then starts again suddenly. I have turned off the screen saver and set the computer to not sleep. I have turned off the firewall. The computer is not connected to a network. Mach3 is a new copy I bought about a month ago. I cant figure out why it pauses and I have just been dealing with it. Now tonight I am trying to mill an aluminum plate and the pauses are really screwing me up. Before tonight after the pause everything has always resumed normally. Now I am having an issue where after the pause the dro will sometimes reset to x0 y0 at whatever position the pause happened at. The pauses have only been a minor issue until now but with the dro resetting to x0 y0 its ruining my work. The pauses happen in the middle of a move, not at a new line of code. My task manager says I'm using around 5-15% of the cpu capacity during machining operations. The computer is a 2.8ghz Pentium 4 with 1gb of ram. What could be causing this?

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Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2013, 03:03:59 AM »
run the driver test and see what it looks like.
Hood
Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2013, 12:33:14 PM »
i have the same problem. have never solved it.   i cut panels 170 x72  with cutouts  holes and slots on the plasma. never has stopped on the inside holes. only when cutting the outer rectangle sections. the cut speed is 200 ipm . the torch will ramp to a stop randomly.
Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 05:19:26 AM »
Has anyone come up with a resolution to the issue of Mach3 randomly pausing during a cut?

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Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 07:10:31 AM »
Have you run the driver test to see if there are large spikes?

Hood
Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2014, 08:56:02 AM »
 I have experienced a similar issue.  It only occurs when laser engraving a large file (+30MB ?), and only when the file is finished on the final X0/Y0 moves.  I use Windows 7 64 bit/4GB and a UC100 USB adapter.  My suspicion is perhaps Mach3 is resetting the buffer to the beginning of the file by reading from the hard drive.  This is only a guess as it does not happen often enough to confirm, and never happens during engraving.  Driver test is good and solid.

Any commonalities?
John Champlain

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Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014, 09:04:39 AM »
John, driver test has no bearing on yours as you are using an external controller and thus the driver is not used.

Hood
Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2014, 09:07:19 AM »
 ;D  ;D  ;D
Thanks Hood.  I must still be asleep.
John

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Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2014, 09:33:53 AM »
Hood, the others just dont want to run the driver test?
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not like the passengers in the car! :-)

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Re: Mach3 randomly pausing
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2014, 09:37:06 AM »
Hood, the others just dont want to run the driver test?


Not following what you are meaning.

Hood