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Cannot connect CNC to mach3 or ncstudio

Discussion in 'CNC Routers & Engravers' started by 0igo, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. 0igo

    0igo Active Member

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    I just got a new CNC machine and it came with a PCI slot card which I connected. It also came with a program called Ncstudio but the program seems corrupted because it just gives me a warning as soon as I open it up. Does anyone how I can connect the CNC to my PC and install the correct driver so that I can find it in mach3?
     
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  2. timgo

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    What is the brand and model of your CNC machine. What is version of your Windows?
     
  3. 0igo

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    I got it from China. Model number is 1224. And I have windows xp.
     
  4. papabud

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    what is the warning you get with the program?
     
  5. 0igo

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    I get this message with lots of symbols, letters and numbers. I think I have a bad version of ncstudio. Or am I suppose to install ncstudio first and then install the PCI connection?
     

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  6. papabud

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    looks like its a language issue. i am guessing your free copy is not in english. or language is selected wrong.
     
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  7. Martin Denton

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    You often get that with chinese programs supplied with a machine, we had it with a laser cutter and it wasnt until a couple of years later we got a manual for it from the seller but like anything free it is very limited in functionality... With CNC there are so many variables that can spoil a job and the materials it really is worth investing in the right program. We use artcam which has been recently bought by autocad. They have a free version you can trial. I know that Scanvec also make a program (enroute) and im sure there are plenty more out there which we allow you to trial
     
  8. 0igo

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    The thing is the machine connects to my PC via a 15 pin parellel port that they supplied. And So I connect it to the motherboard but I can see in my device manager that the port I connected it to isn't fully installed. I need a driver for it. And so I'm stuck because even if I buy a program it won't find that port.

    Hopefully that^^ made sense. How'd you get your laser cutter to connect to your PC?
     
  9. 0igo

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    It doesn't give me an option to change the language when I install it. It only gives me option to continue with install, nothing else.
     
  10. papabud

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    look online for a port driver. make sure windows has that port installed. then install your port driver for your cnc machine.
     
  11. Martin Denton

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    Didn't have any issues in that respect as it was via a usb cable. Our CNC router however connects via a serial port into the router. But the connecting box will only work with windows XP - unless we pay over £600 for a new connecting box. (Our router is an AXYZ 4008.) but It may be worth trying it on a different windows system in case that is the problem, or contact the seller?
     
  12. 0igo

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    I wish I would have gotten a serial port instead of the port I got. I believe mine is called a gameport. Did you have to open up your PC to install the serial port to you motherboard or was the port already installed on your computer?
     
  13. papabud

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    i wouldnt think it was a game port, should be an lpt printer port.
     
  14. 0igo

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    I would have thought it would have been an lpt port as well. My port looks very similar but it only has 15 pins. 8 on top and 7 on bottom.
     
  15. papabud

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    well if it is a 15 port connector. i am wondering if its a 10 base t ethernet port. you would need a port on your pc. then a connector and coaxial ethernet cables to connect both of them
     
  16. papabud

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    sorry i typed that wrong. it would be 10 base 5 ethernet. or thick ethernet.
     
  17. Martin Denton

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    our connector is a USB from the computer - to a serial port on the router. I would seriously look at contacting the seller though as you shouldn't be having these sort of issues on a purchase of that magnitude... We took a chance on our laser as it was about 20% of the cost of a UK supported one and for or purposes does the job fine (cutting small acrylic letters too small to cnc route) but definitely a learning curve due to no proper support. Our CNC router we got 2 days training at AXYZ offices and a day of setup and training once installed at our workshops
     
  18. Sandman

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    The problem with some Chinese machines is that they supply hacked software with their machines, especially Mach 3.
     
  19. Martin Denton

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    That’s true. No such thing as a free lunch... is worth your while trying a USB to serial or parallel converter these are quite inexpensive a few quid and auto install. We used on for our graphtec plotter when someone wrecked the USB port on the plotter. Worked fine
     
  20. billsines

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    Give me a pic of your controller box on the machine where your cable plugs in, the plug end, and where you’re trying to connect it on your pc.

    Meantime here’s what I know about mach3:

    There is a Mach support forum. Go there and ask questions.

    Only 32 but windows systems work. I use xp and win7.

    You can use usb but you need some external controller for that. I use the old parallel port.

    There is a bios setting that sometimes needs changed prior to the parallel port working.

    I don’t know what Nc studio is but mach3 is the program that controls motion. Get Mach running then Figure out what nc studio is for.
     
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