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Old 02-01-2016, 11:55 AM
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Default Parallel port alternative

Hello all!
Does anyone know if there is a new version and/or a hardware alternative to using a parallel port on the Stinger 1?
Anyone tried a USB to DB25 adapter/converter?

The PC is running super slow these days and I already have two laptops (without parallel) in the shop; one for the Laser CNC and the other for an automated musical Christmas light show. I'd like to dual purpose one of these laptops and toss the PC if possible.

Advice??
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:11 PM
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Pc uses a daughter board. Doubt.you will use.a.laptop
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:35 PM
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nato...
Can I assume that you do not have WinCNC control and are using Mach? There are a number here that can help convert you from Mach to WinCNC, and a few that can assist you if you're running Mach. The best source for Mach information should be the Mach Forum.

Also... please acquire Owners status and place machine info in signature.

http://www.camheads.org/showthread.php?t=4265
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:07 PM
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Hello, and thanks for the replies!
I'm actually not even sure what Mach is... I do use WinCNC.
I'm working on the Owner status for forums now.
My setup is a Stinger I, using WinCNC, with projects from vCarve Pro, from the PC and DB25 cable that were included with my CamMaster purchase.

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Old 02-01-2016, 01:09 PM
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I do know you are an owner, email me your ser number on machine with photo and I will take care of that.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:31 PM
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Nathaniel...
WinCNC operation requires use of a PCI card and daughterboard inside the PC. There are NO usb options as that would seriously slow down the data transfer rate and cause communication to be less reliable. There are NO laptop options.

In most cases WinCNC control will not cause computer slowdowns. Other software or crap installed during web browsing will. And.... it is still best to have a dedicated control computer. Yours could probably benefit from a "clean install" of Windows and maybe add a couple gigs of RAM. It will be as good, if not better than new.

You can send it in to CAMaster and they will have their computer builder do this, or maybe have it done at a local computer shop. Send an email to tech support to be sure of your options.
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:05 PM
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Yours could probably benefit from a "clean install" of Windows and maybe add a couple gigs of RAM. It will be as good, if not better than new.

You can send it in to CAMaster and they will have their computer builder do this, or maybe have it done at a local computer shop. Send an email to tech support to be sure of your options.
Yes, USB definitely not an option. Far to unstable, to my liking.

I need to reload my wincnc PC as well, as it also has become slow, but not due to other programs, as I only run wincnc on it.
Is there anything I should keep in mind while reloading? ie, what folders and drivers should I backup? I come from an IT background, so the Windows part is no problem, and the whole operation is straight forward.

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Old 02-01-2016, 11:20 PM
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Tristan...
Make sure that you make a backup copy of the WinCNC folder to copy into the C: drive after your install. There should be a copy of the manual in that folder that will explain how to run the "driver installer".
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:48 AM
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Thank you, Gary, I will definitely have a look in the manual. I have a habit of making a weekly backup of the wincnc folder anyway, and the folder where I keep my g-codes.

Thank you kindly
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Default Why is USB unstable has compared to a serial port for printing?

Gary -
Why is USB unstable has compared to a serial port for printing? Which I always thought was a slow port. I'm not picking a fight it is just that I am trying to understand.
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