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Re: Mach3 - No parallel port, what controller to use?

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  • gcl_112003
    Perfect. Thanks Roger.
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 5, 2012
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      Perfect. Thanks Roger.

      --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, tecfacet <tecfacet@...> wrote:
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      > There are a few choices when deciding on non parallel port connections to mach3 or mach2.
      >  
      > One is called smooth stepper and the other one is called pokey.
      >  
      > I am sure there are others but I am familiar with these two.
      >  
      > Roger
      >  
      >
      >
      > --- On Mon, 3/5/12, gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > From: gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@...>
      > Subject: [CAMM-3] Re: Mach3 - No parallel port, what controller to use?
      > To: CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:54 PM
      >
      >
      >
      >  
      >
      >
      >
      > Just found this, but looks like he doesn't sell them. I'd have to make it, and that is a scary thought. What kind of Hertz do we need to properly drive our steppers? This is capable of a max of 100Hz.
      >
      > http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~heha/bastelecke/Rund%20um%20den%20PC/USB2LPT/index.html.en
      >
      > --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, "gcl_112003" <gcl_112003@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I'd really rather not go that route. I have limited space and already have a perfectly good little machine sitting nearby.
      > >
      > > Isn't there some kind of "real" USB to parallel port for sale somewhere? From what I gather, most are only equipped to work with printers and that is what causes the problem.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, pejohnson@ wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Would it be worth running an older PC or Laptop just for the Parallel port?
      > > >
      > > > These machines were running on stuff from the 80's an old parallel equiped P4 laptop can be had on ebay from £5
      > > >  
      > > > Pete
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > ________________________________
      > > > From: gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@>
      > > > To: CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com
      > > > Sent: Sunday, 4 March 2012, 21:06
      > > > Subject: [CAMM-3] Mach3 - No parallel port, what controller to use?
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >  
      > > >
      > > > Hi Guys-
      > > >
      > > > Just dusting off my CAMM-3, as well as the Mach3 interface chip by Mr Loen. I'm a bit of a newb to this stuff, but as far as I can tell, if I don't have a parallel port on my PC, I cannot use a USB adapter, but instead need to buy a controller board. Is this correct? If so, what controller are you guys using? There are lots of options on the Mach3 website, and I'm not sure what is the best choice. My PC mainly has USB connectors and not much else.
      > > >
      > > > Thanks for the help!
      > > >
      > > > George
      > > >
      > >
      >
    • bxtf000001
      I use a 2 port pci express parallel port as I have a laser cutter as well as the camm-3, cost me £40.
      Message 2 of 8 , May 5, 2012
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        I use a 2 port pci express parallel port as I have a laser cutter as well as the camm-3, cost me £40.

        http://intrl.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/Parallel/2-Port-EPPECP-PCI-Express-Parallel-Card~PEX2PECP


        --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, "gcl_112003" <gcl_112003@...> wrote:
        >
        > Perfect. Thanks Roger.
        >
        > --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, tecfacet <tecfacet@> wrote:
        > >
        > > There are a few choices when deciding on non parallel port connections to mach3 or mach2.
        > >  
        > > One is called smooth stepper and the other one is called pokey.
        > >  
        > > I am sure there are others but I am familiar with these two.
        > >  
        > > Roger
        > >  
        > >
        > >
        > > --- On Mon, 3/5/12, gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > > From: gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@>
        > > Subject: [CAMM-3] Re: Mach3 - No parallel port, what controller to use?
        > > To: CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com
        > > Date: Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:54 PM
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >  
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > Just found this, but looks like he doesn't sell them. I'd have to make it, and that is a scary thought. What kind of Hertz do we need to properly drive our steppers? This is capable of a max of 100Hz.
        > >
        > > http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~heha/bastelecke/Rund%20um%20den%20PC/USB2LPT/index.html.en
        > >
        > > --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, "gcl_112003" <gcl_112003@> wrote:
        > > >
        > > > I'd really rather not go that route. I have limited space and already have a perfectly good little machine sitting nearby.
        > > >
        > > > Isn't there some kind of "real" USB to parallel port for sale somewhere? From what I gather, most are only equipped to work with printers and that is what causes the problem.
        > > >
        > > >
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > --- In CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com, pejohnson@ wrote:
        > > > >
        > > > > Would it be worth running an older PC or Laptop just for the Parallel port?
        > > > >
        > > > > These machines were running on stuff from the 80's an old parallel equiped P4 laptop can be had on ebay from £5
        > > > >  
        > > > > Pete
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > > ________________________________
        > > > > From: gcl_112003 <gcl_112003@>
        > > > > To: CAMM-3@yahoogroups.com
        > > > > Sent: Sunday, 4 March 2012, 21:06
        > > > > Subject: [CAMM-3] Mach3 - No parallel port, what controller to use?
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >  
        > > > >
        > > > > Hi Guys-
        > > > >
        > > > > Just dusting off my CAMM-3, as well as the Mach3 interface chip by Mr Loen. I'm a bit of a newb to this stuff, but as far as I can tell, if I don't have a parallel port on my PC, I cannot use a USB adapter, but instead need to buy a controller board. Is this correct? If so, what controller are you guys using? There are lots of options on the Mach3 website, and I'm not sure what is the best choice. My PC mainly has USB connectors and not much else.
        > > > >
        > > > > Thanks for the help!
        > > > >
        > > > > George
        > > > >
        > > >
        > >
        >
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