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Have I been had?
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:46:04 AM »
I bought, what was claimed to be a "100% Original ✔ Official ✔ License ✔ Trusted Seller" version of mach3 from fleabay but now fear that it isn`t as claimed - the `licenced to` box on the about page has some random squiggles in it.

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Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 10:49:00 AM »
Sorry to say but Yes you have been had.

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Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 10:56:58 AM »
If it's less than $150, it's fake.
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Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 11:07:08 AM »
Bummer.... living on a shoestring forces me to cut my cloth accordingly, fortunately I paid with a credit card so can get my money back. I only noticed as I looked for the reg details as it wouldn`t save setting changes to the .xml file
Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 11:27:59 AM »
It looks like you were on the money over the price. as the difference between 3 and 4 is only about $25, would I be better off going for the newer version do you think?
Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 11:31:45 AM »
the official line is you should go for Mach4. I would support this purely on the grounds of future-proofing as Mach4 is altogether a more sophisticated and capable product (As far as I've seen). It's almost a complete rewrite with very little of Mach3 carried over. So yeah. mach4  ;)
Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 11:38:32 AM »
Thanks, that`s what I thought, however as I`m running a 64bit machine(which doesn`t run mach3, apparently) and a parallel port g540 - does this mean I would need and external controller? If this is right, I may need to consider other options(financially) which is a shame as I was just getting to grips with mach3

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Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 11:41:23 AM »
Mach4 will not run on the parallel port.
There is a parallel port plugin, but it's limited in functionality, and costs an extra $20.

So yes, you'd need a motion controller.
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Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 12:16:00 PM »
Mach4 will not run on the parallel port.
There is a parallel port plugin, but it's limited in functionality, and costs an extra $20.

So yes, you'd need a motion controller.
Thanks v much for your help, much appreciated.  but as much as I like mach3, mach4s extra costs are a non-no for me. I don`t suppose this is the right place to ask about alternatives  :D
Re: Have I been had?
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2018, 12:37:25 PM »
Hi.
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