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    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.

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    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...

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by brianbonedoc View Post
    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.
    Brian,

    I got the firmware from PCW_MESA. It loaded fine but gives me errors after reboot. I pinged him on it, he thought you might have some ideas... See below...

    Using brianonedocs instructions I :
    1) copied the .bit file to /operator/tmc/mesa
    2) Edited the config file /operator/tmc/configs/tormach_mill/tormach_1100_3.ini
    3) changed the file name in HOSTMOT2 to the name of the bit file you sent me (note: this was for a 5i25 not a 6i25)
    4) saved
    5) rebooted
    6) PathPilot reflashed the Mesa controller. All indications were that the flash was successful.
    7) Upon next boot PathPilot says "machine controller software experienced and error. Please install an update."
    8) I selected the only PathPilot update that was on the screen at the time. It acted like it updated but it was quick.
    9) Rebooted and I continue to get the error above in #7

    Couple of things.
    1) I mentioned in an earlier PM that I have a 6i25 not a 5i25. The bit file you gave me indicates its for a 5i25.

    Yes, 5I25 bitfiles are used for both 5I25s and 6I25s

    2) I had to find the .ini file. Brianonedocs wiki did not fully qualify the path. I assume the path in step 2 above is the correct one.

    Don't know, I have no direct experience with PathPilot

    3) I currently do not have the 6i25 connected to my BOB.

    Any ideas why this is happening? do I have the right bit file? Should I have done something else to get this working?

    I suspect you need to see the actual hal error to figure this out, not sure how this is done in PathPilot, you may need BrianBoneDocs help here

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    Scott - no problem. What you need to do is boot to the desktop (hold left shift + Alt during boot up).

    Then run "operator_login" (located in the tmc folder) and run in terminal. This will allow you to see what specific error you get and which .hal line is throwing the error.
    Don't worry once you clear this hurdle, it's smoooooth sailing.

    Please post the error here, and I will monitor, or PM me and I will give you my cell ph number.



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