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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2007, 08:00:03 AM »
Oh and 5.95v is quite high, thats almost 20% higher than it should be which I would think is way out of spec.
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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2007, 08:43:33 AM »
You mean it should be 5V when I reboot it and toggeling?
So you suggest I buy a new PCI card like this ones: http://www.nextag.com/pci-parallel-port-card/search-html
because mine is probably broken (also because 5.95 ist too much)?
I might ask a friend of mine if he has a card from an older PC.

Another alternative I would like is something like this: http://www.delock.de/produkte/gruppen/Express-Card/Express_Card_to_1x_parallel_66203.html
A express card for my laptop which gives me an parallel port on the laptop. (I've read on the forums that it could be a problem, because these only put out 3V, but my XP comput (on which mach does move the machine) also puts out about 3V, so I don't think the steppercard will have trouble with the 3V)
Do you know if this will work? (laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9400).

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Mathias


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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2007, 02:00:10 PM »
I have not tested it but I would think it be 5V mostly when booting but it should toggle 0v sometimes. As I said your meter may be too slow to show this as digital meters take a while to update, if this is the case then I suspect you may see the reading changing about a bit but staying near the 5v.

Yes the PCI card should be good although I have never tried that exact one.

Not sure on the PCMIA card as I dont have a laptop so have never tried one. However I have seen a few posts in this forum regarding them so it might be worth your while doing a search for PCMIA

If you are in no real rush it might be worth your while waiting until the Beta testing of the SmoothStepper board is done, this will do away with you needing a parallel port as it is a USB device.

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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2007, 01:11:44 PM »
went to my friend today.
He gave me two cards like these: http://images.google.be/imgres?imgurl=http://www.picco.nl/images/A89136.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.picco.nl/index.php%3Fmanufacturers_id%3D13%26sort%3D2a%26page%3D3%26osCsid%3Dc78a096f36deff4c991886ab90a29d11&h=430&w=600&sz=85&hl=nl&start=6&um=1&tbnid=qfRQvceO-9rEHM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPCI%2BParallel%2Bport%2Bcard%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dnl%26rlz%3D1B2GGGL_nlBE205BE205%26sa%3DN
I've fitted one into the pc but it detects iet automaticaly as a COM port.
When Install it manually, choose it as an LPT, uninstall the LPT1 on the motherbord and give the fitted port the LPT 1 and the correct adress, the port still does not respond to changes in mach.
Do you know the procedure to install it correctly (original PLT1 port is permanently fitted onto motherbord)

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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2007, 01:15:04 PM »
You wont be able to uninstall LPT1 unless there is a means in the BIOS to disable it, you could disable within Windows but best not to confuse things.
 It doesnt matter whether the new port is seen as LPT3, LPT4 or whatever as all you are concerned with is looking at the address for it and putting that into Mach as Port 1 address.
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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2007, 02:54:26 PM »
I've also installed it as LPT2 with adress 03BC. I've putted that adress in mach, but that did not work either. I cant give iet the standard 0378 adress as this is occupied by LPT1. So it would help if I unistalled the LPT1 in the bios and install the new port as LPT1 with the 0378 adress.
Will this be allright? Because when the pc chooses a standard adress for the port it is 03BC.
I will try the thiing with the bios tomorrow

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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2007, 03:55:26 PM »
Not sure I asked before but have you run the DriveTest? Do you have the Mach3 Pulse engine in Device manager?
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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2007, 06:24:41 AM »
I've disabled the fixed LPT port in the BIOS. Then I've installed the new port as LPT1 and gave it the 0378 adress. Mach still does not respond on the pins.
I've included a screenshot of the driver test an screenshot showing the mach 3 engine.

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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2007, 06:27:01 AM »
Well this one has got me beat, maybe someone else can chime in with some ideas?

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Re: mach 3 worked on XP, but won't work on 2000 (older, other pc)
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2007, 08:17:02 AM »
I hope so.

Thanks a lot Hood for trying to help me all this time. It's a pitty it still doesn't work.
Anyhow, thank you!

It's a good thing that it is not urgent (still have to design my new cnc, and at this time I rarely use the old one), so I have some time left.
If anyone has suggestions, please tell me.

Mathias