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New Install Problems
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:31:33 PM »
Hi All,

I recently got a dell 780 to use as a machine controller. Downloaded mach3 and got it running without a machine to do a dry run and prove i could get g-code to run. Things ran great. So afterwards i reformatted windows for a fresh machine, bought a license, and re-installed mach3. Now I can't run a code or even Jog. When i try to run the same G-code i was successful running on the dry run it stops at the G19 command, and also sometimes I'll get the 'radius to end of arc differs from radius to start' error on that line. I've tried to delete this line, then the code will just stop on the following G17 command. I'll post the beginning of that code if that helps anyone... I'm running the default mill .xml and i've tried downloading the G540 fresh .xml from the gecko sight as well. I've tried everything i could find on forums, such as:

1. Changing the IJ mode to absolute.
2. Changing the arc radius setting in fusion360 post processor.
3. Reformatting windows again, and again.
4. Trying different versions of the mach3 software.
5. Verifying the driver test runs successfully.
6. Running Mach3 when it is literally the only software on the machine.
7. Read the manuals.

As for even getting it to jog, I've tried:

1. Making sure the Jog LED is illuminated.
2. Making sure the MPG is set to continuous.

Here is the code I'm using to test:

(1001)
(T1  D=0.1875 CR=0. - ZMIN=-0.25 - FLAT END MILL)
G90 G94 G91.1 G40 G49 G17
G20
G28 G91 Z0.
G90

(BORE1)
M5
M9
T1 M6
S10000 M3
G54
M8
G0 X4.6829 Y-4.2106
G43 Z0.55 H1
Z0.08
G1 Z0.0187 F45.
G19 G2 Y-4.2293 Z0. J-0.0187 K0.  <---------- Here is where it stops.
G1 Y-4.2387
G17 G3 X4.6986 Y-4.2543 I0.0156 J0.
Y-4.1918 Z-0.0197 I0. J0.0312
Y-4.2543 Z-0.0394 I0. J-0.0312

I just can't get it to work. To make matters more frustrating my mill arrives today in the mail. Is there anything i could possibly try from here? I literally had it working just the other day.

Thanks in advance.
Re: New Install Problems
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 04:52:01 PM »
Hi,

Quote
Changing the arc radius setting in fusion360 post processor.
This suggests that you are using fusion 360 which is a 64 bit program and to my knowledge wont run on 32bit
PCs. If that is the case then your PC will also be 64bit. In which case Machs parallel port wont run.

Can you confirm what OS your PC is running? If its 64 bit what external motion controller are you using?

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!
Re: New Install Problems
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 04:55:29 PM »
 Sorry I forgot to specify I'm using a separate computer with Windows 7 32 Bit running.

I should also mention that just I noticed if I let the program run for awhile it verrrrry slowly moves through the code, but stops on virtually every line.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 04:57:47 PM by mikeh007 »
Re: New Install Problems
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 07:23:20 PM »
Hi,
when you say very slowly do you mean the axes moving slowly or the PC not keeping pace?

Do the DROs move at the same pace as the axes? What does the feedrate DRO show?

If you MDI some G0 moves, do the axes move at the maximum rate you programmed on the motor tuning pages?
If you MDI some G1 moves do the axes move at the current feedrate or some small fraction of it?

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!
Re: New Install Problems
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 08:23:04 PM »
I got it! My mill came, and when i plugged in the g540 and loaded a new .xml file, i ran the code on a simulation and Mach3 woke up! I'm not sure what the difference was in that I'm not sure how mach knows the machine was plugged in but at the end of the day i think it was just my configuration settings. Gotta check those configurations boys.

Anyway, i do appreciate the time.