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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 03:00:58 AM »
I remember reading about a similar problem which was traced to a document resident in the print que. If you are not going to use a printer with this computer then uninstalling the printer and it's driver may be helpful.

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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2014, 08:42:41 PM »
I know it's an old thread but it summarizes my existing problem nicely. Windows XP on an older machine off network, no printers, nothing installed but MACH3, f-engrave, and lazycam. I get random freeze-ups. I cut 3 reindeer cutouts with the same code and it froze on the 4th mid cut. I was doing an engraving into the back of plexiglass, 2 done, froze on the 3rd, 4th and 5th fine. It makes no sense.

Any ideas?

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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 03:31:49 AM »
Is it just Mach that freezes or the whole computer?
If you attach your xml I will look through your config to see if there are possible issues with it.
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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2014, 11:11:49 PM »
Whole computer. Is this the file you are referring to?

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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2014, 04:52:13 AM »
What does the Time in Int and Frequency read on Diagnostics page?
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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2014, 11:29:20 AM »
Time in Int oscillates around +5.0, between +4.8 and +5.2. WHen operating (axis moving) it is between +11.5 and +12. Hard to see it moves quickly.
Frequency is 46056.

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Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2014, 10:50:56 AM »
just curious. what was/is your kernel speed?
Re: PC Lockup with Mach3
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2014, 01:04:58 PM »
I tried various kernel speeds and it seems to happen on any, including the slowest.

I think it is PC/Windows related and not Mach 3 related. AFter the last CNC session I left the PC running for 2 days unattended. It was frozen when I returned. I have been avoiding the Windows update process because I wanted an offline uncluttered Windows install with no updates or add-ins. I assumed the most stable version was the one right out of the box. I guess I can try updated to see if it stabilizes the system.

Otherwise I'm pretty well screwed. This is the last of my old PCs. All I have left for options is a Windows 7 machine with no parallel port. I'm a hobby CNC guy that spent a grand total of about $350 to get the machine up and running.

I have gotten much better at re-zeroing the machine and starting the G-code mid run. But what a pain.

I thank everyone for their help. As of now I still have the same issue though.