Process for troubleshooting
Kylehopestolearn wrote: Here are a couple pictures. One of the electronics and one of the Breakout Board.
That is not a BOB (well in theory it is) but it looks like it is connected to the PPort if it is then you won't be getting enough volts to the drives as the PP only puts out about 3.3v ish. So get a cheapo BOB that will give you the 5V required .
Also with that bob you have there is no isolation from the PP and you stand a good chance on letting the smoke out of the PP.
Step- and dir- to gnd on the bob ( pins 18 to 25 should be gnd) , step+ and dir+ to pin 2 and 3.
Same for all drives.
You can leave it as is and just connect GND form parallel port to the GND of the 5V.
I do like trying to make things work with cheapo parts as it helps me understand the systems involved faster but I think this cheapo lesson was learned so $25 and ordered. Thanks so much.
Or even cheaper www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1pc-5-Axis-CNC-Breako...8:g:WBIAAOSwgvVdOIPz