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Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« on: January 10, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »
Hi. I think that my new computer running new Windows 10 is not sending the mach 3 signals to the breakout board. I have tried to test the printer ports outlet port for voltage as I saw on a tube video,but I am getting know voltage readings.I also tried getting a voltage reading from the breakout to driver motor outlet pins still know readings.I have ran the computer test in windows and it says that the port is ok.
I am at a total loss what to do next.
Anyone else had this problem,and did you find a answer.

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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 01:27:52 AM »
Sorry to say but you cannot use the LPT printer port with windows 10.

Requirements if using the parallel port for machine control:

Desktop PC (Laptops are not supported) with at least one parallel port
32-bit version of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (64-bit versions will not work)
1Ghz CPU
512MB RAM
Non-integrated Video Card with 32MB RAM(Large G-code files, especially 3D files will require a video card with 512MB RAM or higher)


If you need to use Win10 then you will have to use an external motion controller (Smooth Stepper, etc.)

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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 05:59:40 AM »
hi, I had a feeling this would be the problem. so are you sure that an smooth stepper running from the Ethernet cable will work using windows 10 64bit. terry

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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 06:43:15 AM »
Yes indeed the ESS will work just fine with Win10 64 bit and Mach3 (it will also work with Mach4 if you want to update at a later stage).

I think you should also check out other motion controllers (I have only mentioned the ESS because that is what I use).


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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 07:04:25 AM »
thanks. don't think I will go mach4 yet. but ordered a smooth stepper from armdale ltd today as they support the card. thanks I was pulling my hair out.

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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 07:16:53 AM »
May I suggest that (if you have not done so already) you also join the Warp 9 forum http://www.warp9td.com/index.php/kunena/index

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Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 08:38:29 AM »
Thanks for the link