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Flexi 10.5, Windows 7 and a Roland PNC-1000

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by graywoulf, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. graywoulf

    graywoulf Member

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    I am trying to set up my laptop (Windows 7) to run an old Roland PNC-1000 cutter using Flexi PRO 10.5 via an USB to Parallel cable. No luck yet getting the two to communicate. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    What, if any, errors are you receiving?
     
  3. graywoulf

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    No error messages. In the Production Manager setup, I have tried every option available (Com 1-8, LPT 1,2,3 and USB settings) as far as the connection setup goes but my PNC-1000 just does not seem to want to communicate with Flexi. Ther were two settings that made the printer start up but it was just printing jibberish such as... A119.765:pR:pD.0.175.882.0.0.258.167 Etc. By the way, do you have any idea where I could download a copy of the PNC-1000 manual?

    Thanks for your help Bobby!
     
  4. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    On a service call and will try to help in a bit
     
  5. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    What port was it on when the cutter responded?

    As for the gibberish, I believe there is a MODE 1 / MODE 2 option in the command menu on the cutter.
     
  6. genericname

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    Do you have a USB or old parallel dongle for Flexi? The Hasp drivers fall short of letting you use the parallel dongle in Win7.
     
  7. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    If you upgrade to 10 from whatever version you have, you would receive a new USB dongle for version 10.
     
  8. genericname

    genericname Active Member

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    Ah! Figured as much, though I thought it possible that there'd be some carry-over. Dropped Flexi for Onyx ages ago, so I wasn't aware of the current setup.
     
  9. graywoulf

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    WOW! Thanks guys for the much needed help. The only ports that respond are the Roland USB001 port and the USB_PRINTER_0 port. I had not tried "Mode 2" and I am using the USB "SafeNet Sentinel dongle that came with my LXI software I bought back in 2009. I am using FLexiSIGN PRO 10.5 which I acquired via being a beta tester so I was not issued a new dongle. I thought that the HASP drivers were already updated but I have no way to tell. Bobby I tried to call you on your service line but it was busy but I will try again. Thanks again for all of the help.
     
  10. graywoulf

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    WOOHOO!!! Success!!

    Thanks Bobby!!! You are the man. :U Rock: Switched to "MODE 2" using the "ROLAND USB001" connection setting and it now works. Like I always say..."Endeavor To Persevere". Thanks for everybody's help again!!!!!
     
  11. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Good to hear all is good.
     
  12. frankstrong

    frankstrong New Member

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    Hello Bobby, I recently purchased a Roland PNC900. I am presently running it from windows XP using a parallel cable but was wondering if I could set it up for USB.
    I'm using FlexiSIGN-Pro 8.1v1
     
  13. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

  14. Jim Doggett

    Jim Doggett Very Active Member

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    When using a USB port emulator, the trick is in getting the port state settings properly matched to the cutter's default, since the USB is not really USB, but merely a emulating a Centronics Parallel port. Calling Roland should get you to someone who can tell you the correct settings.
     
  15. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Good point Jim while CS Sign Supply would also supply these settings and support, if the adapter is purchased from us.
     
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