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Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2017, 06:16:33 PM »
The price of the legacy parallel port driver plug-in is actually only $25.

Do keep in mind that it requires the use of a 32 bit version of XP, Vista,
or Windows 7.

As a legacy device it does not support Plasma THC or lathe threading, and
there are no plans to add these features.

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Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2017, 06:58:53 PM »
So what is meant by "legacy Parallel port".  I hooked a win 7 machine and looked at the pp settings in the bios and it does support EPP mode.  Does legacy mean any machine with a built in parallep port, or the absense of EPP mode?  Will I still need the parallel port driver?  I watched ARTs video on the driver and got a bit overwhelmed.  This arm of technology is still pretty distant from my knowledge base.
Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2017, 06:59:44 PM »
BTW, I ordered the g540.  Let the adventure begin.

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Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 07:10:39 PM »
 "legacy Parallel port" just means it's old teck The G540 should do you well
Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 07:31:52 PM »
I kinda assumed the old tech, but does that mean that I will need the Darwin driver regardless of the windows 7 EPP mode availability?  I don't mind paying the $25 unless I am paying it unnecessarily.

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Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2017, 08:50:23 PM »
Yep you will need Darwin with Mach4
Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2017, 06:56:30 AM »
Thank you. 
Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2017, 07:51:50 AM »
So, here's the plan....
I have the g540 coming today.  I will ...

convert all the motor connections to 9 pin connectors.
figure out which limiting resistors to use
purchase a mach4 hobbyist license
install the Darwin driver
hook up the parallel cable between my computer and the g540
plug in the motors
learn how to setup and use the software.

Is there anything else I need to get started?  I plan to get a pendent, better spindle and spindle controller at some point, but right now I just need to get this project working.
Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2017, 02:12:01 PM »
Hi,
PATIENCE pills and/or large quantities of beer, LOL

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!

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Re: Switching to Mach4 hobby from chilipeppr
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2017, 02:26:39 PM »
And choccy biccies ;-)
Theres always time for a choccy biccy