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Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:47:07 AM »
Hi guys,

After many years I decided to convert my Router to USB Controller as my XP PC has to be thrown out.
Now these are the images of what i am using just for a trial run, before i actually touch my CNC electronic.
But for some reason the stepper is not moving.

I have set up Mach3 as per videos that show how to do it.
What am i doing wrong. The USB controller did not come with any CD. So am i supposed to load some software apart from Mach3 to use this USB Controller. I have not seen any such thing on youtube, and am unable to find any CD or software for this USB controller. Am i missing something.

The Stepper Driver has 4 inputs, 5V, CLK, DIR, ENA. I can't figure out where to hook up ENA as there is no ENA marked on the USB Board. But from many videos i can see that even if ENA is not connected anywhere, the stepper motor should run.

When i connect this grey coloured box called pf-frequency-v1 0 to the stepper driver, it works perfect and stepper motors runs good.

When i first connected the USB controller to the Laptop, i got a notification of installing driver, and then it said ready for use.

I went to Device Manager and it did not show any Yellow Triangle, and from a video i saw, what is written against Human Interface Devices,  the same was on my Lap Top. so i assume the Lap Top to the USB input of USB Controller is also ok.

There is a Red light on the USB controller that comes on when i connect to LapTop. and it blinks, about 1 per second, What ever i do in the Mach3, this Red light remains Red and blinks at same 1 per second. I loaded GCodes for the Roadrunner and ran it. but the stepper motor did not make any noise or turn, is just appears to stay still.

If someone can look at the images and find some flaw somewhere i would be grateful.
i will post the images in sequence one by one to show what I have done and what i am using for the time being to get the usb controller working.

These are the screen shot of when i connected usb controller to laptop etc etc.

Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018, 10:48:58 AM »
These are the balance images of config of Mach3.
Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 10:52:52 AM »
and this is the hardware i am using for the time being before i touch anything on the Router as such.
The usb controller
the device to run the Stepper Motor Driver to know if my stepper driver is working or not, and with this it works perfect.
so i disconnected it and used the usb controller with laptop,,
but it won't work.
and the last image is of the stepper driver,
Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 10:57:17 AM »
I am hoping someone can spot something wrong somewhere,
or have i busted the USB driver.
when it did not work i though maybe i have not connected the power to usb controller at the pins marked 24v and ACM. So from the power i was using for the Driver Motors, i connected the power to these terminals, but nothing happened.
from the usb controller board i have connect the driver to pins marked XP, XD, 5V, to the correspond pins on Stepper Driver. And left ENA unconnected .
 still nothing worked.
so i connected ENA to Ground still nothing happened.
then i connected it to 5v and still nothing happened,
the usb controller red light still blinks at about 1 sec interval.
Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 11:00:03 AM »
Have i Config Mach3 correctly, or am i supposed load smoother software for usb controller board.

I did notice in one video on youtube, then when i click on Plugin Control,
i only get one option of Video Window.
but the youtube winder there was a second option, which that guy selected, and that second option i am not getting,
could this be the problem, and does it also mean that my usb controller is not working.

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Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
You need to install a plugin for your USB board, ot Mach3 won't recognize it.

Looks like you can get it here?

https://www.robotics.org.za/BSMCEO4U
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Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 01:09:41 PM »
Actually, there is no plugin there.

Try downloading this file, and copy it to the Mach3\plugins folder, and restart Mach3.

https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/RnRMotion.dll
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Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 03:13:58 PM »
Hi,
or you could ask this guy....he has exactly the same board:

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,38089.0.html

Craig
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Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2018, 10:34:41 PM »
Actually, there is no plugin there.

Try downloading this file, and copy it to the Mach3\plugins folder, and restart Mach3.

https://www.buildyourcnc.com/Documents/RnRMotion.dll

ger21,

many many thanks, will download and do as you have instructed. and will give an update in a while.
Re: Mach3 with Win7 Laptop USB Controller.
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2018, 10:36:32 PM »
Hi,
or you could ask this guy....he has exactly the same board:

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,38089.0.html

Craig

joeaverage,

thanks a lot. just clicked on that link, and apparently it has that same RnRMotion.dll file that ger21 gave a link to download.
gonna do that now, and lets see. everything should work out. will update.