I just got a candcnc dragon cut system set up and I was wondering if anyone here could help me with the serial port communications.
- windows 7 (with the vista workaround installed)
- parallel port/ serial port combo pci card
- I have updated the driver for the card
- I have unistalled and reinstalled the card
- I think I have the plug-in activated correctly
- I have changed the port numbers for the serial card a number of time in the device manager and the matched them with the plug in.
Nothing seems to do anything. My next step is to get a new sparate serial pci card. Any help would be appreciated.
I'd bring this to the candcnc yahoo site but I haven't been allowed in it yet by the moderator.
Unless you are the person that keeps trying to join using the comment "Hello" when the Instructions on joining are :I'd bring this to the candcnc yahoo site but I haven't been allowed in it yet by the moderator.
"NOTE: WHEN YOU JOIN please enter a comment to let me know you are real person and not some spammer. Requests for membership with no comment or a generic greeting (like "hi!") will be refused."
then your membership is active. I am the owner and moderator of the list and do the approvals. I check it daily.
Your post is identical to an e-mail you sent me direct and to which I responded and told you we do not yet support Windows7 and that you problem was a PC hardware issue and Windows 7 .
You sent a response:
I'm looking at using your system to sell to comsumers how am I supposed to tell they need a get a bootleg copy of xp?"
to which I responded back:
"1. You can still get XP. http://pcdeal4u.com/xp-pro.html The customer needs to understand they are buying a controller that looks like a PC. It's not to be used for running CAD or CAM or browsing the Internet.
2. You can buy a rebuilt Pentium 4 computer with a Parallel and Serial port WITH XP PRO loaded. [http://stores.ebay.com/Silicon-Xchange-Inc?_rdc=1]. You do not need a new wiz-bang PC to run as a controller. It's a DELL or HP and they work great. (we have 6 in the shop here). They sell for $88 to $149, depending on speed and memory, with a new keyboard and mouse. (see this EBAY ID listing: 170532955611 ) Since the computer that runs the table SHOULD be a dedicated machine it's easier to treat it as a "Black Box" ) dedicated controller. You can't run in 64 bit mode. While Windows 7 can be made to work with MACH and from reports our drivers and hardware, the ports and expansion cards compatibility with Windows 7 will be a PC issue we can't control. I spent 16 years in the computer and networking business. There are always headaches when a new OS comes out.
3. The plug-in looks for a standard COM (serial) port. It does not need any serial options turned on in MACH. It just uses two lines (Send & rec) and sets the baud rate through the plug-in.
Try joining the support forum again and put in a comment that I know you are not trying to join to post spam. We welcome all serious CNC users. You do not have to own CandCNC products to join or post.
To my knowledge there is no place in MACH to put a HEX address for the SERIAL ports (only the parallel). So when you said you tried several addresses and checked them in the device manager I suspect you may be confusing the SERIAL (COM) port used in our system strictly for the low speed screen updates and Cut Profile uploads between the DTHC and MACH, with the parallel port that handles ALL of the high speed I/O (step & dir and all the inputs).