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16 Jul 2020 14:43 #174854 by RotarySMP
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The as shipped 7I96 has the 7i96d.bit bitfile loaded
This has 5 stepgens and no PWM.

To load 7i96d_1pwm.bit you would need to fetch the 7i96.zip archive from Mesa,
extract the 7i96d_1pwm.bit bitfile and run these commands:

mesaflash --device 7i96 --addr [the cards current ip address] --write 7i96d_1pwm.bit
mesaflash --device 7i96 --addr [the cards current ip address] --reload


Do I first use PNCConf to set up the connection, IP address etc between the PC and 7i96, and then flash it with the PWM bitfile, or do I have to manually configure the connection and then flash it, before using PNCConf?

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16 Jul 2020 15:09 - 16 Jul 2020 15:48 #174859 by RotarySMP
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Is the Ethornton 7i96 configuration tool still the way to do it, like in this video from ~6minutes?


Well, that video helps. I jumpered for the fixed IP address of the EEPROM, and set a fic IP address as DEAD IO showed there, and now have them connected and the PWM bitfile flashed. I am still a bit unsure whether it is better to use that one Ethornton configuration widget, as I thought PNCConf has now been revised to configure a 7i96.

Either way, I am not off to buy a new (used) camera (panasonic G81) as the current video set up with the older Olympus EM10 I am not too happy with. I'll continue with the 7i96 tomorrow.
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16 Jul 2020 17:14 #174868 by PCW
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I think Johns utility has trouble with the new spindle pin names (that changed
sometime in the 2.8 line) Easily fixable in hal though

You can certainly try both

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16 Jul 2020 21:20 #174886 by rodw
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I'd go with Pncconf as its part of the core. I did have a few issues getting John's tool running..
I also did not like the hal file data as it is filled in from ini file values which I thought it would be hard to maintain.
Given that I've only ever used a hand coded hal and ini file.....
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19 Jul 2020 14:32 #175149 by RotarySMP
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Here is episode 24...


Enjoy,
Mark
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19 Jul 2020 16:00 #175158 by tommylight
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LOL, you are becoming worse than "this old Tony" ! :)
To stop anything in a terminal
ctrl+c
:woohoo: .300 for Z axis ??? :)

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19 Jul 2020 17:32 #175165 by RotarySMP
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I take that as a compliment thanks.

Ctrl-C - Thanks.

I picked up the .300 instead of 300, but dumped it from the edit as it seemed too boring :)
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19 Jul 2020 17:38 #175168 by tommylight
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I take that as a compliment thanks.

It was meant as a compliment, for sure. He is very good at doing such subtle "miss directions", and this was on the same level.

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20 Jul 2020 06:29 #175223 by RotarySMP
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Nice teaser for the next installment of his MAHO retro in this weeks TOT clutch video. He really has a talent for telling a story and explaning.
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20 Jul 2020 10:24 #175232 by tommylight
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Nice teaser for the next installment of his MAHO retro in this weeks TOT clutch video. He really has a talent for telling a story and explaning.

Yes he does, and there are plenty others who try to do what he does, but not nearly as good.

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