I got an x-carve for Christmas and completed installation/first project today. I noticed during the first project set-up the z-probe connection was shotty at best but was able to use it after testing numerous times (and holding the connection a certain way" before committing to “start probe” which is suicide if it doesn’t work because the only way I found to stop it is the big red button. For the first project it worked (I did have to hold the connection) and the rest of the project went off without a hitch. So I went to start the second project. I clamped down the material and went to do the Z-probe. I tested the connection by first plugging in the connector and spinning it numerous times before the program realized it was there then put the disc on the clip and removed until I felt like I had a good enough connection that it was fairly consistent and I could trust the “start probe” button. I pushed it but this time when it met the disc instead of retracting to a happy position like it did during my first project, it decided it wanted to drive the disc halfway to china with as much force as it could muster (it would be nice if easel would offer a “stop probe” button in case this decides to happen). Once I finally got the thing to stop I decided that I was done with the crappy z-probe and its connection issues until I could talk to inventables about it and I would just use the manual option for setting the z-axis. I backed up in my project on easel and chose the manual option but when I tried to move any axis, x,y, or z none would move. I have restarted CPU, x-controller, and searched the forum but have come up with nothing.
I do hear the motors receive power when I power up the x-controller and notice that when the machine gets power the motors will barely move (like they have power to them that is preventing rotation) if I try to move them with my hand (as opposed to when the machine is off they move fairly easily by hand)
The emergency stop button is fully pulled out (and twisted) so that is not the problem
The fan runs and lights come on when I turn on the x-controller
The wiring is correct as I successfully completed a project minutes before this happened with no issues.
I have tried to redo the setup from easel but it hangs up on the “writing configuration” screen
Easel is connecting to the x-carve (I know because the carve button in easel goes from grey to green when I power up the machine) but when I get to the “work zero” tab of the project set-up none of the “machine controls” will work in any axis or an any step interval.
I have shut everything down and rebooted. I have let everything run for a while but the “machine controls” will not work.
Has anyone else had this problem or anything similar? I am thinking the board must have died or something. I will call inventables Monday to hopefully resolve the issue but I just was going to check to see if there was some way to reset or other way I could fix the problem myself.