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Thread: Usb controller

  1. #1
    Hello , I have recently purchased a cnc 3040 4 axis router .

    The question is a daft one !!!

    If I have a controller box with a USB port ( which connects to windows 7 pc ) do I also have to install a parallel port driver ?? Or is that only to be used if the controller box doesn't have a usb port and a old style printer port instead

    Yours sincerely

    Peter Emmott


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    Depends....

    You shouldn't need a Parallel Port driver, but you might need a USB Parallel Port driver if that control box just has a USB to parallel port adapter inside it.

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    I would guess the control box you have in based on GRBL which runs on an Ardiuno, which has a USB port built-in.
    You will need software on the PC that sends the G code to the controller, something like Universal Gcode sender, which is a free download.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by DaveL View Post
    I would guess the control box you have in based on GRBL which runs on an Ardiuno, which has a USB port built-in.
    You will need software on the PC that sends the G code to the controller, something like Universal Gcode sender, which is a free download.
    Why would you assume such a thing.? . . . .Knowing these things I'd think would be much more chance that it uses Mach3.?

    So the question should be what control software are you using.?

    Pemmot.
    If your using Mach3 or 4 then you will need a Plug-in which is written exclusively for the USB controller you have.

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