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Windows 7 and Mach 3
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:53:48 PM »
Started my Chinese 6040 cnc on Windows xp, parallel port and all was good, Mach 3 flawless. Ran for almost 2 years.  P.C. died and a new P.C. loaded a 32bit windows 7 with parallel port. Mach 3 loads seemingly ok but jogging the XYZ axis has no reaction at the machine. The DRO's on the program run screen indicate movement of the relevant axis but at the machine nothing happens. Tried differend leads. Parallel port is loaded correctly. Config is correct. Tried on a friends P.C. with windows XP and functions perfectly. Unfortunately can't load XP on the new P.C. 
Anyone have any knowledge of a cure?
Steve.

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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 02:15:19 AM »
Just a couple of things to try...

Check that the Mach3 port#1 address matches that shown in Windows Device Manager for the LPT port. Also check that it is enabled in Mach3.
Run DriverTest.exe (Mach3 folder) just to make sure that the drivers are loaded ok.

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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 03:26:54 AM »
thanks Tweakie.CNC
I'll let you know how it went.
Probably try on the weekend.
Steve   
Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2016, 01:51:11 AM »
Is this correct for windows port settings
Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2016, 01:56:46 AM »
Sorry! There is already an attachment with the same filename as the one you tried to upload. Please rename the file and try again.
Why do I get these messages and failing to post.
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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2016, 01:58:50 AM »
I've got three pix I'm trying to load to help explain and I'm getting no where. Can some one help.
I've read many pages of stuff and more confused than ever.

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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2016, 02:40:01 AM »
Hi Steve,

All attachments posted to the forum have to have a unique name. When you get the message (Sorry! There is already an attachment with the same filename as the one you tried to upload. Please rename the file and try again) you need to rename your attachment to something unique (perhaps add a letter or number following the name) then make the post again.

Hope this helps.

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2016, 09:55:19 PM »
lets try again.
2 years running on XP with cambam and auto cad into a Chinese  CNC router. All good. Electrical storm blew out the hard drive. Decided on a new tower and bought one and had parallel port installed. Loaded window 7 32 bit. All good so far.
Loaded other programs all good including cambam and autocad. This PC is a stand alone and is in the shed where the machinery is. No internet connection.
Loaded Mach 3 and loaded as normal with no apparent issues. Set native units, set port values at motor inputs as per the specifics previously and worked through the configuration. All set. Restart etc. Applied the license.
Try to jog the CNC machine and nothing moves. DRO's on the program run page indicate the XY and Z axis are moving but nothing at the machine.
2 days at the computor repair shop of no value.
Suggestions to date via friends and this forum are     first

Run program in compatibility mode of XP. no value.     next

Check LPT port address of mach 3 and window are the same. I'm assuming the Mach 3 port address is on the screen of ports and pins under config? Hopefully a pix is attached.   
I've also attached a pix of what I think the window port setting are. Or may be not? Am I right? These settings seem lacking in detail. Am I right? Am I in the right spot?   next

Run driver test in the Mach 3 folder.   Another pix hopefully? Is this the driver two thirds down the first column where it says driver test? I click on it nothing happens or rather nothing appear to happen. Again am I in the right spot?

Another thing my Asian computer people discovered is in the devices manager and clicking on Mach pulsing engine a line appears below Mach 3 driver with a question mark? Hopefully a pix is here 

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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2016, 02:13:25 AM »
Hi Steve,

From your pic's...

The Mach3 driver has not loaded correctly. You could try running Driver Test as Admin. and see if that works.

Your parallel port address is the first hex address of the I/O Range shown under the Resources tab, in this case 0378  (see attachment).

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Re: Windows 7 and Mach 3
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2016, 10:27:07 PM »
Thanks for your reply - looks like I'm getting somewhere.
My main issue has been where I've received advice ie check the port addresses are the same. I have no idea what or where to find them. Your pix helped me find the properties of my port settings in window 7 and they are not the same as what's in Mach three. See pix.
My question is now how do I change the windows 7 port settings? Is it as simple as writing in the same numbers as your pix shows? Or is it done by other means.