Its been a long time since I have been back here......lets just say the good old lord was calling me and I didn't want to pick up. I am slowly getting back into this, and I pulled out my old cnc project. I soon realized I still need a driver. I was thinking about the gecko G540. Then it hit....is the parrellel port the way to go? Or is there an USB version out there that is better and the wave of the future. The other reason is that it seems harder to find a personal confuser (yes I did say the right, at times they can be to me) that has parrellel port. Or is there an adapter that can be used to go from the parrellel to the computer usb? I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, figuring it all out again, but can anyone guided me to what is best. I am going to use my cnc for pool cues (have a 4th axis that I made for this) and possibly shifter knobs on cars, as well as inlaying, etching etc. Any help with cheap or free software such as cad/cam, convertingdwg to dxf and to convert it to something that can be used on the cnc. Sorry to ask, and I will be looking myself...but any help would be great.