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05 Dec 2023 02:08 - 05 Dec 2023 02:12 #287234 by Bl484
P1 expansion port was created by Bl484
Hi,

I am curious to determine if it is possible to use the P1 expansion port pins as an output for the step-generated signal through a specific command in my Hal file. I attempted this by using the following command.

 setp hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.041.is_output true
net stp_X hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.017.in hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.041.out

setp hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.042.is_output true
net dir_X hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.018.in hm2_7i96s.0.gpio.042.out 

 Despite successfully linking the step generator pin to one of the P1 pins, the results were unsatisfactory.
I suspect a delay in sending pulses to the P1 pins. How can I efficiently transmit the step signal to one of the P1 pins?p

Thanks
Last edit: 05 Dec 2023 02:12 by Bl484.

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05 Dec 2023 02:36 #287236 by PCW
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The proper way is to use firmware that puts stepgens on P1
(and has the proper pinout for an external breakout board if there is one)

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05 Dec 2023 06:05 #287241 by Bl484
Replied by Bl484 on topic P1 expansion port
Thank you for your response.
I am using the 7i96s board.
Is there firmware available for this specific purpose?

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05 Dec 2023 15:17 - 05 Dec 2023 15:19 #287283 by andypugh
Replied by andypugh on topic P1 expansion port
The firmwares are here: www.mesanet.com/software/parallel/7i96s.zip

Looking at thr 5abob.pin file, that has 5 more stepgens (5 through to 9) on the P1 connector.
IO Connections for TB3 -> 7I96_0
Pin# I/O Pri. func Sec. func Chan Sec. Pin func Sec. Pin Dir

TB3-1 0 IOPort InM 0 Input0 (In)
TB3-2 1 IOPort InM 0 Input1 (In)
TB3-3 2 IOPort InM 0 Input2 (In)
TB3-4 3 IOPort InM 0 Input3 (In)
TB3-5 4 IOPort InM 0 Input4 (In)
TB3-6 5 IOPort InM 0 Input5 (In)
TB3-7 6 IOPort InM 0 Input6 (In)
TB3-8 7 IOPort InM 0 Input7 (In)
TB3-9 8 IOPort InM 0 Input8 (In)
TB3-10 9 IOPort InM 0 Input9 (In)
TB3-11 10 IOPort InM 0 Input10 (In)
TB3-13,14 11 IOPort SSR 0 Out-00 (Out)
TB3-15,16 12 IOPort SSR 0 Out-01 (Out)
TB3-17,18 13 IOPort SSR 0 Out-02 (Out)
TB3-19,20 14 IOPort SSR 0 Out-03 (Out)
TB3-21,22 15 IOPort OutM 0 Output4 (Out)
TB3-23,24 16 IOPort OutM 0 Output5 (Out)

IO Connections for TB1/TB2 -> 7I96_1
Pin# I/O Pri. func Sec. func Chan Sec. Pin func Sec. Pin Dir

TB1-2,3 17 IOPort StepGen 0 Step/Table1 (Out)
TB1-4,5 18 IOPort StepGen 0 Dir/Table2 (Out)
TB1-8,9 19 IOPort StepGen 1 Step/Table1 (Out)
TB1-10,11 20 IOPort StepGen 1 Dir/Table2 (Out)
TB1-14,15 21 IOPort StepGen 2 Step/Table1 (Out)
TB1-16,17 22 IOPort StepGen 2 Dir/Table2 (Out)
TB1-20,21 23 IOPort StepGen 3 Step/Table1 (Out)
TB1-22,23 24 IOPort StepGen 3 Dir/Table2 (Out)
TB2-2,3 25 IOPort StepGen 4 Step/Table1 (Out)
TB2-4,5 26 IOPort StepGen 4 Dir/Table2 (Out)
TB2-7,8 27 IOPort QCount 0 Quad-A (In)
TB2-10,11 28 IOPort QCount 0 Quad-B (In)
TB2-13,14 29 IOPort QCount 0 Quad-IDX (In)
TB2-16,17 30 IOPort SSerial 0 RXData0 (In)
TB2-18,19 31 IOPort SSerial 0 TXData0 (Out)
Internal-TXEn 32 IOPort SSerial 0 TXEn0 (Out)
Internal 33 IOPort SSR 0 AC Ref (Out)

IO Connections for P1 -> 5ABOB
Pin# I/O Pri. func Sec. func Chan Sec. Pin func Sec. Pin Dir

Spindle-PWM 34 IOPort PWM 1 PWM (Out)
Drive-Enable 35 IOPort None
X-Step 36 IOPort StepGen 5 Step/Table1 (Out)
Input-P15 37 IOPort None
X-Dir 38 IOPort StepGen 5 Dir/Table2 (Out)
B-Step 39 IOPort StepGen 9 Step/Table1 (Out)
Y-Step 40 IOPort StepGen 6 Step/Table1 (Out)
B-Dir,Relay 41 IOPort StepGen 9 Dir/Table2 (Out)
Y-Dir 42 IOPort StepGen 6 Dir/Table2 (Out)
Z-Step 43 IOPort StepGen 7 Step/Table1 (Out)
Z-Dir 44 IOPort StepGen 7 Dir/Table2 (Out)
A-Step 45 IOPort StepGen 8 Step/Table1 (Out)
A-Dir 46 IOPort StepGen 8 Dir/Table2 (Out)
Input-P10 47 IOPort None
Input-P11 48 IOPort QCount 1 Quad-A (In)
Input-P12 49 IOPort QCount 1 Quad-B (In)
Input-P13 50 IOPort QCount 1 Quad-IDX (In)
Last edit: 05 Dec 2023 15:19 by andypugh.

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06 Dec 2023 08:35 #287339 by Bl484
Replied by Bl484 on topic P1 expansion port
Thanks, Andy, for your response. I added the firmware you suggested. How can I activate the new step generator that was added? I apologize if my question seems silly.

 
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06 Dec 2023 10:08 #287343 by tommylight
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In the hal file, loadrt line containing stepgens, add more stepgens.

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06 Dec 2023 21:21 - 06 Dec 2023 22:39 #287389 by Bl484
Replied by Bl484 on topic P1 expansion port
Thank you for your support.

As I understand it, the new firmware adds 5 additional step generators. In the previous configuration, the 5-step generator sent signals to IO-port numbers 17, 19, 21, 23, 25. With the new firmware, the five new step generators send signals to IO-port numbers 36, 39, 40, 43, 45.

When using the Gcode command "G1 X10," the signal is sent to IO17. However, I would like to direct the signal to the P1 expansion port, for example, IO36.

I attempted to resolve my issue by adjusting the step generator's number in the Hal file. As indicated in the attached file, I modified the  step generator's number from 04 to 09, anticipating the signal on pin IO39 and IO41 instead of IO25 and IO26. However, regrettably, I cannot detect any voltage change in the newly assigned pins. . 

How can I achieve this? (This was my initial question.)

Additionally, I am now curious to know how to command the extra step generators created by this new firmware.
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Last edit: 06 Dec 2023 22:39 by Bl484.

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06 Dec 2023 22:40 #287391 by PCW
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Assuming you are not using stepgen 0..4, you would need to edit the hal file so
it refers to stepgens 5..8 rather than stepgens 0..4

Which brings up the question: Why are you not using the 7I96S TB1,TB2 stepgen outputs?
These are buffered 5V signals intended connect directly to motor drives.

The P1 signals are unbuffered 3.3V signals

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06 Dec 2023 23:01 - 06 Dec 2023 23:27 #287392 by Bl484
Replied by Bl484 on topic P1 expansion port
I aimed to streamline my wiring setup by using a 26-pin IDC Flat Rainbow cable. Consequently, I opted to utilize the P1 expansion port in lieu of TB1 and TB2. ;-)

Please advise me on whether this is feasible or not.
Additionally, could you specify which Hal file you are referring to? As I mentioned earlier, I altered the step generator number in my Hal file (my_machine.hal). However, I couldn't observe any voltage changes on the pins.
Last edit: 06 Dec 2023 23:27 by Bl484.

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06 Dec 2023 23:50 #287393 by PCW
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Are you buffering the step/dir signals from P1?
As I said, these are 3.3V signals.

You would need to change all the stepgen numbers
for this to work (including all the setup "setp"s)

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