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Help setting up mimaki

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by Alex modern, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    Hi

    So a few weeks back we got an old Mimaki JV3-130sp and to say its been hard work is an understatement.

    First, it only had firewire or IEEE parallel and none of my comps have this. so ordered up parallel to USB cable.

    installed drivers and installed rasterlink6. raster link has no option for my type of printer and the computer can't see the printer just comes up unknown.

    after 8 hours of trying i come to sign 101 for some help.

    tried on both Windows 7 computer and Windows 10 with no luck
     
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  2. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    Update

    So we installed a new FireWire PCI card onto our 64bit windows 7 machine

    Downloaded all up to date drivers for this
    Installed rasterlink 5 rather than 6

    We can now see the printer no problem.

    Only error we now have stopping us printing us

    You can't print using printer driver from Windows client 32bit os to this rasterlink.

    Now this is strange because when I go to check drivers all are up to date and to one I downloaded was for Windows 7 64 bit.


    Any help appreciated. Will update if I find fix
     
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  4. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

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    You should be fine, we get that message everytime we open rasterlink. Try to print something
     
  5. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    Hi

    Thanks. I have tried to print but won't rip or print just comes up error so I'm assuming this is why. Any idea ?
     
  6. Nuagedesigns

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    I Remember back in the day when I had issues with a computer and had to replace that Mimaki doesn't play well with all Firewire cards. I do know that it runs well off of Texas Instruments based cards. Also I'm not positive but I know that the some of the older software was not 64bitcompatible but I would check your firewire card may be the issue.
     
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  7. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    Latest update .

    We can now print.

    We found an number of issues that we had to find work arounds for.

    Our FireWire port on the printer has some sort of issue and sometimes will give an error on the machine.

    So we got a parallel to USB cable ( even though an engineer said this would never work)

    Next issue was rasterlink will only let me add FireWire and won't view the new cable .
    Flexi sign can view this and it can also rip and print no problem.

    I was told I would need a new FireWire card for the printer costing around £300. Yet a £15 cable from Amazon fixed my problem.
     
  8. jfiscus

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    Here's what to do:
    Uninstall everything you've installed so far.
    Get a GOOD firewire cable, and get a Texas Instruments Firewire card for your PC. (both should only be around $30-40)
    UNPLUG the machine and install all the drivers, then plug the wire back in.
    Purchase a Flexi subscription to run the printer; you will hate Rasterlink.
     
  9. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    seems to be the parallel to usb works so no need to even bother with the firewire now
     
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