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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #640 on: December 19, 2014, 07:52:29 AM »
lol, that was Dans way of saying RTFM.. :)

  OK, lets walk it back a little to where your at.. :)

 Many of us do the same as your trying, get a motor to turn so you know things work. :)

The problem with outputs like motor outputs is its hard to troubleshoot, they are there
or they arent. Where to look when they arent?

  So its best, as a first step, to check an input. In Darwins config, signal numbers arent pin numbers.
In other words, signal #7 is just the seventh signal.. not pin 7. TO set the pin you have to select
Signal#7, give it a name, then set its pin and port. ( and level). SO this is the easiest test.

 Inputs must be on certain pins.. by default pins 2-9 for example are always outputs. Pin 10 though,
is an input. So.. its the best test. Setup an input signal.. say Input #3, set it to Enabled. Now its on.,
Set it to pin 10. Now, take your pin 10, and ground it. (Attach it to pin 25). Look at the status box
on the same page your you set the signals pin, its red, green or yellow. What color is it?
Remove the short between pin 10 and 25. ( Just let pin 10 hang in space connected to nothing..)
What color is that state LED now. It should have changed. If it didnt, your porinter port isnt working right
or you havent configured it right....

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #641 on: December 19, 2014, 11:43:35 AM »
Thanks daniellyall - that video is how I got as far as I did! <g>

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #642 on: December 19, 2014, 02:48:54 PM »
Hello Art
I am running Mach Build 2114 an Darwin 1.21 version 1.19
On your post #98 you said that if we were running both Mach 3 and 4 on the same computer we would need to have Veredist_86 installed.
If you did not have this on your computer would Mach 4 run Jerky or not at all.
Thank you
Eric

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #643 on: December 19, 2014, 08:31:27 PM »
Hi Eric:

   It may not run at all, generally, youll get an error "Side by Side config is wrong" if the redist isnt installed..

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #644 on: December 19, 2014, 08:45:24 PM »
I hate being a nube. 
"RTFM" was on the mark.... but I was assuming it meant "Read the forum man!"
When I looked up the real meaning a bulb went off - as all I had been doing was the forum & youtube.

The Frikin Manual is at http://www.machsupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Mach4%20Installation%20Manual.pdf

And on page 10 it tells you to FIRST select a motion device....

I am hoping my poor example will help some other poor bastard.

I hate being a nube.....

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #645 on: December 19, 2014, 09:41:04 PM »
you got it in the end. that's all right I could not get my laser controller going last week I did not hock up the common from bob to arduino that's a trucken nob thing to do but it help everyone else in the end
Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #646 on: December 19, 2014, 10:43:05 PM »
Oh I'm not there yet Daniellyall, you just pointed out that _I_ could move the log in my path (thank you). 
Now I'm now toggling back & forth between the manual & web pages that explain the concepts/ terms/ instructions in different words.
The higher I climb on this path, the better the vista of just how distant the journey will be.

I'm only trying DOING to do a 3 axis router!

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #647 on: December 20, 2014, 12:04:26 AM »
yer I have done it all ready so been down the same road I set it by arts vids and the manuals the only problem I had was with the spindle it was a 3 axis as well.

now I am doing arts laser controller 

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #648 on: December 20, 2014, 12:20:27 AM »
>>now I am doing arts laser controller 

  Thats my aim, to see how much other peoples time I can waste in one lifetime..... Im going fer a record. :-)

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Re: Mach4 Printer Port Discussions
« Reply #649 on: December 20, 2014, 12:22:49 AM »
you funny art so far I seem to have only wasted your time and my own