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    Default Re: Whats the latest on control software?

    So with Mach3 effectively dead,
    However, there are probably >10,000 users of Mach3 who don't know about this yet. They just keep working.

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    Don't forget about linuxcnc.. It is what Pathpilot was based on. Constantly being updated and improved. Free and also works with mesa hardware.

    Talk a look at nativecam also. It looks pretty powerful.

    https://forum.linuxcnc.org/40-subrou...atures-renamed - watch the videos.

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    Sagreen -

    I am the one who started that Wikia page and yes it's still pretty current I believe.

    I use PP on my Pulsar and absolutely love it! It's easier to use by far than my industrial controller on my lathe (siemens 808d)

    If you have a PCIe slot u need the mesa 6i25, if you have regular PCI slot order the 5i25.

    The ESS card you can just leave in the system.

    I would disconnect the old hard drive, and leave it in there, and install PP on a new drive so its easy to go back if u have to.

    If you have ?? I and others are here to help.

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    Sagreen -

    I am the one who started that Wikia page and yes it's still pretty current I believe.

    I use PP on my Pulsar and absolutely love it! It's easier to use by far than my industrial controller on my lathe (siemens 808d)

    If you have a PCIe slot u need the mesa 6i25, if you have regular PCI slot order the 5i25.

    The ESS card you can just leave in the system.

    I would disconnect the old hard drive, and leave it in there, and install PP on a new drive so its easy to go back if u have to.

    If you have ?? I and others are here to help.

    B
    Thanks a ton. In the process of ordering the PathPilot DVD. Just requested a quote, we will see how that goes.

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    Default Re: Whats the latest on control software?

    Take a look at the description in this youtube video.





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    Has anyone considered adding a mesa 7I75 7I75 Picture to the 5i25 or the 6i25 to gain more I/O than we currently have with the novakon BoB?

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    Default Re: Whats the latest on control software?

    Scott - the 5i25/6i25 has 2 ports. So you can use the novakon BOB and add an extra if you need more i/o.
    It's all in the programming.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianbonedoc View Post
    Sagreen -

    I am the one who started that Wikia page and yes it's still pretty current I believe.

    I use PP on my Pulsar and absolutely love it! It's easier to use by far than my industrial controller on my lathe (siemens 808d)

    If you have a PCIe slot u need the mesa 6i25, if you have regular PCI slot order the 5i25.

    The ESS card you can just leave in the system.

    I would disconnect the old hard drive, and leave it in there, and install PP on a new drive so its easy to go back if u have to.

    If you have ?? I and others are here to help.

    B
    Brian,

    I got PathPilot to install on a new SSD. Seems that part went ok.

    I am waiting on my Mesa 6i25. Supposed to be at my house next week. In your wiki doc you mentioned you had to get a custom firmware built for your Mesa card to support the novakon BOB. What were the pinout differences from BOBs that you could select, and what was the process to get the firmware built?

    Thanks...

    Last edited by sagreen; 07-23-2017 at 08:33 PM.
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    Default Re: Whats the latest on control software?

    Scott - I dont recall the exact differences but I recall not finding one in the list that was close enough. At first this was a giant experiment, and I didn't want to mess with the stock hardware configuration so I could easily switch back to Mach3 if I failed. So I really wanted the bitfile to match my hardware, and did not want to have to start rewiring stuff.

    I think the bitfile is posted in the wiki. If not let me know. But if you need custom stuff, just message PCW_Mesa - he's the "mesa" guy aka Peter Wallace. He can adjust the bitfile however you like. I did try to program it myself w/ xilinx software but was horribly overwhelmed.



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