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Mach3 Settup & support4/5/20
Hello, i purchased a Zenbot 48 x 96 CNC router. It came with a GeckoDrive G540 control box that connects with parrallel port. I downloaded Mach3 software and im running it on a Windows 7 64bit PC.
on his page for Zen bot
Have you checked to see that the new PCI parallel port card is properly activated. That would be in:
CONTROL PANEL, ALL CONTROL PANEL ITEMS, DEVICE MANAGER
I've had trouble with parallel port cards in the past so that is my first thought.
Another option would be to pick up a USB to Parallel port cable adapter. Given the potential difficulty with the PCI cards this would have been my first choice. These have always worked pretty much Plug and Play for me.
This is what I used to get my parallel port going from usb http://cncdrive.com/UC100.html
i sugest you reaplace to mach 4 and change the card to pokeys,cost is very cheap ,and you get modern system with win 10 with ethranet conection and can upgrade youes machine in many aspect
I am running MAch 4 not, purchased a plug and play unit from Avid CNC with a soothstepper. I'm still kind of on the fence with Mach 4 though, some erratic behaviors. I have heard good and bad , 50 /50
lan can give list of bad points?
I used Mach3 on my first CNC build. It was problematic and buggy. I have since built three or four different machines and running LinuxCNC on all of those with ZERO issues. I also recommend using Mesanet cards for control. They are Professional quality and have great support both on the phone as well as in the LinuxCNC IRC and forums. All of these subsequent machines are commercial in nature and heavy duty. IMHO Mach3 is more for the hobbyist.
As far as your actual problem I would try reseating the parallel port emulator card and make sure you are getting inputs and outputs working. The Gecko G540 is not terrible but it is for smaller stepper motors. Do your motors lock down? Fortunately for you there are TONS of Mach3 related setup videos on youtube. This should be relatively simple setup. It sounds like your port is not communicating to me. Good luck.