7i76e with 7i85S to control 9 steppers

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18 Oct 2018 18:28 #119009 by cogzoid
I edited the .ini to have 5000 nanoseconds for the pulses and still didn't get any action. Attached are some pictures of how it's all wired up. I double checked after the photos and found Dir+ and Dir- wires to have been swapped, but still no signals.

I'm a bit confused about the need for the 5V to P3, but I checked with and without that hooked up. Either way I see no change in any behaviors.

Should I try re-flashing with a firmware version without the 7i85?

I'm open to any other suggestions on things to check.
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18 Oct 2018 18:47 #119010 by PCW
Another odd thing in the hal/ini files:

[EMCMOT]
EMCMOT = motmod
COMM_TIMEOUT = 1.0
COMM_WAIT = 0.010
SERVO_PERIOD = 5000000

Normally you would use a 1 ms servo thread not 5 ms so this becomes a problem with the default watchdog timeout:

setp hm2_7i76e.0.watchdog.timeout_ns 5000000
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18 Oct 2018 19:26 #119015 by cogzoid
I changed the Servo Period to 1000000, no change.

Is it typical for the default values from PncConf to be non-functional? Because that makes this REALLY tough for me to figure out.
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18 Oct 2018 19:51 - 18 Oct 2018 19:53 #119017 by cogzoid
Upon your suggestion I ran linuxcnc from the console. Sure enough the watchdog had bit! I changed the watchdog timeout from 5000000 to 10000000 and that got it working!

Thanks again for all of your help!
Last edit: 18 Oct 2018 19:53 by cogzoid.
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19 Oct 2018 21:09 #119086 by cogzoid
Now I'm in the process of checking the daughter board outputs, so I can get the last 4 steppers working.

I did some copy/paste within .ini and .hal to add more axes: x,y,z,a,b,c. With 5 axes I have no problems and everything seems as expected. When I add the 6th axis(c) the startup procedure fails. There are 5 axes on the 7i76e and the other 4 are on the 7i85s that is hooked up. All 9 step/dir outputs show up in the hmid file, so the firmware seems correct. Perhaps there's a different way to identify the pins of the other step/dir pairs?

The error code is: "./StepperTest.hal:312: parameter or pin 'hm2_7i76e.0.stepgen.05.dirsetup' not found"

The line of code from the .hal file is:
setp   hm2_7i76e.0.stepgen.05.dirsetup        [AXIS_5]DIRSETUP

Any clues what I might be doing wrong?
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19 Oct 2018 21:56 #119087 by PCW
change

loadrt hm2_eth board_ip="10.10.10.10" config="firmware=hm2/7i80/7i76e_7i76x1_7i85x1D.bit num_encoders=0 num_pwmgens=0 num_stepgens=5 sserial_port_0=00xxxx"

to
loadrt hm2_eth board_ip="10.10.10.10" config="firmware=hm2/7i80/7i76e_7i76x1_7i85x1D.bit num_encoders=0 num_pwmgens=0 num_stepgens=9 sserial_port_0=00xxxx"
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19 Oct 2018 21:58 #119088 by cogzoid
That was it. Thanks again!

-D
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05 Nov 2018 23:03 #120054 by cogzoid
I am making some great progress on my system. I've got all 9 steppers configured (mostly) and now I need to start wiring up homing and some external GPIO (controls for pneumatics, etc). But I've hit a snag...

Where can I find the pinouts for this thing?

Here is the relevant snipet from the .hal file:
# external output signals

# --- DOUT-00 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.034.is_output true
net dout-00 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.034.out

# --- DOUT-01 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.035.is_output true
net dout-01 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.035.out

# --- DOUT-02 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.036.is_output true
net dout-02 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.036.out

# --- DOUT-03 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.037.is_output true
net dout-03 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.037.out


# external input signals

# --- HOME-X ---
net home-x     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.017.in

# --- HOME-Y ---
net home-y     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.018.in

# --- HOME-Z ---
net home-z     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.019.in

# --- HOME-A ---
net home-a     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.020.in

# --- HOME-B ---
net home-b     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.021.in

# --- HOME-C ---
net home-c     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.022.in

# --- HOME-U ---
net home-u     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.023.in

# --- HOME-V ---
net home-v     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.024.in

How do I find out which pin is hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.017.in?

Here is the info from the 7i76e firmware:
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0: Smart Serial Firmware Version 43
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0: 51 I/O Pins used:
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 000 (P1-01): StepGen #0, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 001 (P1-14): StepGen #0, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 002 (P1-02): StepGen #1, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 003 (P1-15): StepGen #1, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 004 (P1-03): StepGen #2, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 005 (P1-16): StepGen #2, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 006 (P1-04): StepGen #3, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 007 (P1-17): StepGen #3, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 008 (P1-05): StepGen #4, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 009 (P1-06): StepGen #4, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 010 (P1-07): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 011 (P1-08): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 012 (P1-09): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 013 (P1-10): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 014 (P1-11): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 015 (P1-12): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 016 (P1-13): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 017 (P2-01): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 018 (P2-14): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 019 (P2-02): StepGen #8, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 020 (P2-15): StepGen #8, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 021 (P2-03): StepGen #7, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 022 (P2-16): StepGen #7, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 023 (P2-04): StepGen #6, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 024 (P2-17): StepGen #6, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 025 (P2-05): StepGen #5, pin Step (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 026 (P2-06): StepGen #5, pin Direction (Output)
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 027 (P2-07): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 028 (P2-08): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 029 (P2-09): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 030 (P2-10): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 031 (P2-11): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 032 (P2-12): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 033 (P2-13): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 034 (P3-01): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 035 (P3-14): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 036 (P3-02): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 037 (P3-15): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 038 (P3-03): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 039 (P3-16): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 040 (P3-04): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 041 (P3-17): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 042 (P3-05): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 043 (P3-06): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 044 (P3-07): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 045 (P3-08): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 046 (P3-09): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 047 (P3-10): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 048 (P3-11): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 049 (P3-12): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0:     IO Pin 050 (P3-13): IOPort
hm2/hm2_7i76e.0: registered

But for the life of me I can't figure out how to map the pins or the (P3-01) to the actual terminal block. It doesn't help that the 7i76e manual seems to have an entirely separate naming convention.

What am I missing?
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05 Nov 2018 23:26 #120055 by PCW
For field I/O the names will be like

hm2_7i76e.0.7i76.0.0.input-00

hm2_7i76e.0.7i76.0.0.input-14-not

hm2_7i76e.0.7i76.0.0.output-07

These match the I/O names in the 7I76E manual

It looks like you dont have field power applied so they will not be
present yet
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05 Nov 2018 23:43 - 05 Nov 2018 23:44 #120056 by cogzoid
I just did another PncConf session with a simple configuration to see what I could learn. I didn't realize that the Mesa board should be plugged in for this...

Anyway, I still get:
# external output signals

# --- DOUT-00 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.047.is_output true
net dout-00 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.047.out

# --- DOUT-01 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.048.is_output true
net dout-01 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.048.out

# --- DOUT-02 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.049.is_output true
net dout-02 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.049.out

# --- DOUT-03 ---
setp hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.050.is_output true
net dout-03 hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.050.out


# external input signals

# --- HOME-X ---
net home-x     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.017.in

# --- HOME-Y ---
net home-y     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.018.in

# --- HOME-Z ---
net home-z     <=  hm2_7i76e.0.gpio.019.in

I've got 24V to the pins 5 and 8 on TB1 and 24V to Pin 22 and 23 on TB3. Is there something else I'm missing?

Am I supposed to manually change the pins to hm2_7i76e.0.7i76.0.0.input-00 and such in the .hal file?
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