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Cannot get my X-Carve started!

this is all i’m getting…

Check the version number of Easel Local.

the node version?

Not sure if that’s it, but what is the node version?

If you have version 0.2.3 uninstall it and install this one:

i have 0.2.2 and getting the same loading sign

You can only use one program at a time to talk to grbl. Do you still have the serial monitor open?

If so, close it and try again.

Sorry, you need to make sure the Arduino IDE is closed as well.

ok,that did it. BUT once i got to the arrows to test the directions, they clicked fine, then i got a ton of pop ups saying that the USB is not recognized, and the Arduino goes in and out in the printers menu

When you first powered up the machine did you have the blue LED and three green LEDs lit up on the gShield?


and now all of a sudden there’s only 2 green lights

Maybe there is an Easel issue. Do you have Universal G-code sender?

haven’t gotten that far

Are you using a laptop? Sometimes power management gets in the way.

The three green LEDs are hooked up to one of the motor windings for each stepper driver chip. During normal operation they will turn on and off.

hold on, got to the test carve page, a personal best…

ok, so now the machine is sorta responsive. seems to try to do what i’m teling it to do when trying to put it in home position. but the motors seem to be struggling.

too tight on the lets?

You can either use the serial monitor (close down Easel) or the Machine Inspector, but get me the $$ output again now that you have run setup and post it here.

Then read through this:

Grbl 0.9j [’$’ for help]
$0=10 (step pulse, usec)
$1=255 (step idle delay, msec)
$2=0 (step port invert mask:00000000)
$3=3 (dir port invert mask:00000011)
$4=0 (step enable invert, bool)
$5=0 (limit pins invert, bool)
$6=0 (probe pin invert, bool)
$10=3 (status report mask:00000011)
$11=0.020 (junction deviation, mm)
$12=0.002 (arc tolerance, mm)
$13=0 (report inches, bool)
$20=0 (soft limits, bool)
$21=0 (hard limits, bool)
$22=0 (homing cycle, bool)
$23=3 (homing dir invert mask:00000011)
$24=25.000 (homing feed, mm/min)
$25=750.000 (homing seek, mm/min)
$26=250 (homing debounce, msec)
$27=1.000 (homing pull-off, mm)
$100=40.000 (x, step/mm)
$101=40.000 (y, step/mm)
$102=320.000 (z, step/mm)
$110=8000.000 (x max rate, mm/min)
$111=8000.000 (y max rate, mm/min)
$112=500.000 (z max rate, mm/min)
$120=500.000 (x accel, mm/sec^2)
$121=500.000 (y accel, mm/sec^2)
$122=50.000 (z accel, mm/sec^2)
$130=290.000 (x max travel, mm)
$131=290.000 (y max travel, mm)
$132=100.000 (z max travel, mm)

so how do i close the machine down for now without having to do all this all over again tomorrow?

You should be ok now. Turn off the 24 volt power supply first and the unplug the USB cable (or shutdown the computer).

When you start back up boot up the computer first (and if you unplugged the USB cable plug it back in) and then turn on the 24 volt power supply.

Just a couple of quick questions before you go:

Do you have the homing switches installed? Is your machine a 500mm or 1000mm?

no homing switches and i have the 500mm kit