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HELP!!! Cutter seems to have a mind of its own.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Plotters' started by raw191, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. raw191

    raw191 Member

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    I'll brace myself for the barrage of emails saying that my cutter is crap. I have a Master XY-540P cutter and am running flexi 7.6. Lately, it seems to have a glitch now and then. It will be cutting fine, then head off to the origin, come back to where it was and continue cutting just fine. The cutter has given me no problems for the last year I've had it. I ran it with my desktop, through a serial port, and it workes fine. However, when I switched over to my laptop, it's developed this problem. Is it a cutter driver problem? Baud rate? etc.? I'm just starting out and this cutter is the best I could pay cash for. Any ideas?


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  2. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    I have a Master XY-540P cutter ..........sorry but thats youre biggest problem...............from my years of hearin complaints on these knockoff cutters....its the COMPUTER BOARDS INSIDE THEM....try to get a replacement.....or you either want to stay in the biz....get a real plotter.
     
  3. Pro Image

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    It doing a Chinees Fire Drill.................lol
     
  4. raw191

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    Why with the laptop and not the desktop though? Even though these cutters get a really bad rap, they're not that bad. It has made me a ton of money. And paid for itself over and over. It only does this really annoying thing with the laptop and usb serial cable but not with the desktop and direct serial port.
     
  5. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    Its more that likely the usb to serial software problem.........If don't have one you need to buy a Belkin model.........those cheep ones off of ebay aren't worth it and don't work very well................Ask me how I know.........lol
     
  6. raw191

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    I'm using a keyspan. What's the difference?
     
  7. hjlanda22

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    I used to have one of these plotter when I firts started I fixed the problem I remember it being in your settings that are on your computer its not the actual plotter.


    2 things

    1.) go to your device manager (if windows xp right clicck my computer from the start menu control it will be the hardware tab) Click device manager. Find Ports (com & lpt) find where your device is hooked up to (I will use the example Com1) right click it and go to properties, click the tab that says port settings settings should read as follows:

    Bits Per Second 9600
    Data Bits 8
    parity none
    FLOW CONTROL HARDWARE (if it does not say hardware change it so that it does)

    Then Click Advanced - Uncheck the box that says USE FIFO BUFFERS

    Now we are done here press ok to close everything out

    Now the second step is if you use flexi sign if not thats as far as I can help And I hope it works for you. Let me know if it does.

    2. In production Manager go to Defult Job Properties for the plotter you are using click on the little knife tab (picture of knife blade) make sure your knife offset is 0.012 AND SWITCH YOUR CURVE QUILITY TO LOW this will not affect your jobs it will allow the computer to communicate with the plotter faster.


    If I remember correctly this is what did it for me hope it helps best way to test it after you have done it is to do a whole bunch of small little letters and if it does not go crazy on you then IT WORKED!

     
  8. raw191

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    Thanks man. I'll try that in the morning.
     
  9. ghetto_cowboy

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    ....its the COMPUTER BOARDS INSIDE THEM....

    that made me lol irl
     
  10. stip

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    I had the same problem with my laptop. It turned out to be the firewall on my laptop. Try turning off your firewall, it's worth a shot.
     
  11. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    Even though these cutters get a really bad rap, they're not that bad. It has made me a ton of money. And paid for itself over and over.
    if the above statement is true....THEN YOU SHOULD JUST GET A REAL PLOTTER...so you can make more money without these problems...................duh............
     
  12. raw191

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    I have a real plotter. It works fine. It's a communication issue. If you look at the forums, there are just as many issues with any of the other plotters. That's why they have their own forum headings. . . duh.
     
  13. iSign

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    To upgrade a a plotter that's paid for itself over and over... but is performing below standards today is not a personal jab, it is experienced advice.

    The professional machines have their own forums because this is a professional community & these are the manufacturers this forum anticipated a greater need for discussion on, based on the percentage of professionals that use, & need to discuss professional equipment...
    ...not simply because they have "just as many issues" as you say.

    USB to Serial adapters have produced problems for plotters for years. I've never needed to run through an adapter myself, but I've read about this issue & recall that there are "high speed communication" ones... and there are regular ones used by PDA's.

    The resolution of problems I had read about were to get the high speed communication ones by Belkin
     
  14. player

    player Major Contributor

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    Also check to see you have the latest drive for your Belkin converter. I had some trouble hooking up my Wacom with one and I found a newer drive and it now works.

    P
     
  15. raw191

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    is the belkin adapter you all are talking about the one for the PDA's? Anybody using one of these with Vista?
     
  16. iSign

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    different animals.
    One works, one doesn't!
     
  17. Sandrailgraphics.com

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    Your problem is static build up. I just posted a thread on how to fix that. Go check it out.
     
  18. Techman

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    Yes, thats true. If they are sensitive to static these days then something is severely lacking..

    And that is why so many of us bash these machines. It seems like help posts for cutters always include these type of cutters..
     
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