Hi All, had a very frustrating day yesterday trying to understand what’s happened to my X Carve. Here’s what happened. I was doing some test carves and everything was working fine. I was using Universal GCode Sender and then it seemed to loose connection to the controller. In the end I switched off the PC and controller and tried to bring everything back online to connect.
The controller is powered on and I can see it listed under devices as X Controller. I can see in device manager that it is on COM3. In Universal GCode Sender it connects I can hear the steppers click, but thats about it, then it seems to click every 5 seconds or so. if I try to run a job or view firmware I get a message "GRBL has not finished booting. Equally If I try to use Easel It doesn’t think the machine is connected.
Things I have tried.
dismantling and ensuring all connections are good
Connecting directly to the board with a mini usb
Tried to update firmware with Arduino IDE (this failed to connect and upload)
Completely disconnected the X Controller to attach to another Windows 10 PC that had the Easel Drivers installed. and had the exact same result.
Would be grateful if anyone had any ideas that could help me trouble shoot the problem. Got a feeling this problem is really gonna improve my understanding of how everything works, up until now the XController has been a mysterious box of magic.