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    Default PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Hey Guys;
    I'm still struggling with the pp install on my pro (servo). First question is does the computer need to be connected to the bob in the machine for installation. I have been trying the install on a bench computer with the idea of just unplugging the mach controller and plugging in the new computer. So, does the new pp computer need to be connected tot he pro for installation of the software???? The error I'm getting is "machine control software experienced an error. Install a software update" which it will not do!

    Also my machine is a servo. I don't know if the ini, hal and bit I'm using off the other thread are for a servo machine.

    Wow, Acorn is looking better all the time.
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    Bill

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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Quote Originally Posted by bill south View Post
    Wow, Acorn is looking better all the time.
    Only because you have not yet experienced Centroids idea of "support": "Do it the way WE think you should, or you're on your own"...

    Regards,
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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    I am not sure why, but you have to have all the ducks in a row to help eliminate those errors.
    You can't just run Path pilot without the Mesa card and I am pretty sure it needs to see the hardware.

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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Lee - is right. Just shove that mesa card in the Novakon PC and start. I believe Kvom has a servo machine that he set up and I think he posted his files here.

    If you are doing PP 2.0 it's a bit different in the set up and hal files. I posted mine here somewhere for examples. Mine is a pulsar stepper machine.

    I am happy to help you in any way I can.



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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    That error message is what you'll get as long as there are errors in the HAL and .ini files. Possibly nothing to do with the hardware. The install succeeded. Because the startup wants to flash the Mesa card, you'll need to have it installed.

    My machine is not a servo.



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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Quote Originally Posted by kvom View Post
    That error message is what you'll get as long as there are errors in the HAL and .ini files. Possibly nothing to do with the hardware. The install succeeded. Because the startup wants to flash the Mesa card, you'll need to have it installed.

    My machine is not a servo.
    My bad maybe it was sagreen who has the servo machine?



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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    A step/dir controlled servo would not be any different config file wise than a stepper motor system
    (other than perhaps step timing and machine velocities/accelerations)

    A system with axis encoder feedback to Pathpilot would need hal/ini file changes



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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Thanks Guys;
    Still getting the error even installed in the machine. I feel the need to learn more about Linux and how to get out of the automatic boot to PP mode so I can try to use the error trap routine. I'm familiar with windows but Linux has me baffled. Is there a key combination that would have Linux start without launching PP.
    FYI (just in case), I have the PP2.0 upgrade but I'm attempting to install 1.9.3 so I can follow the Tormach routine for installing the new version. I know I'll eventually get everything figured out just starting slow out of the gate.
    Again, thanks for all the help.
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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    You have to be able to bypass the boot into Path Pilot in order to install the files in Linux. Once you are in Linux, the file structure and GUI are kinda similar to Windows, so not that strange of a place.
    I haven't done it in so long, I do not remember how it is done on the older PP or the new USB.

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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    I think in PP 1.9x if you hold down the LEFT "ALT" "SHIFT" Keys should get you to the desktop.

    If you wish to stop PP from booting every time you re-boot just uncheck "Tormach PathPilot" in the "Startup Applications" under "System" menu.

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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Bill - theres a bit of work involved going from PP 1.9.x to PP2.0 therefore I would start out w/ PP 2.0 as 1.9 is basically obsolete.

    In PP 2.0 the left shift + Alt trick is supposed to work, but on mine it didn't.
    I had to hit ctrl-x or ctrl-shift-x to get to the terminal prompt. Then type in mate-panel and it will get you a desktop.
    Then in startup applications, uncheck PathPilot so it doesn't start automatically as this helps w/ testing.



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    Default Re: PathPilot on a Novakon Questioin

    Quote Originally Posted by brianbonedoc View Post
    Bill - theres a bit of work involved going from PP 1.9.x to PP2.0 therefore I would start out w/ PP 2.0 as 1.9 is basically obsolete.
    That is a good point. I have been resisting the 2.0 on the lathe. It is mission critical and is not broken.
    At this point the Pulsar is not yet mission critical again. Still setting up for a different product. It would be a good test bed to upgrade to 2.0. Doing so would probably be a wise choice for support reasons.

    Lee


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