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01 Dec 2019 17:23 #151669 by jeffie-3
Hello, I am a novice, that is for sure. I can really use some guidance.
All of the electronics is complete on a Bridgeport retrofit. New servos, encoders, huanyang vfd, 5i25, 7i77 mesa boards. The computer is a Dell Optiplex 780. Running Ubuntu Precise, LinuxCNC 2.7.8. I am having a bit of trouble with linux. Can't install a network printer, and some of the desktop icons are missing and when booting a usb port 1 gives an error message. Do I need to re install linux? Better version Debian Wheezy?
So here is what I think should be the procedure for getting the software to work.
1. Latency Test
2. Run Hal
3. Setup Huanyang VFD
4. Run PNConf
5.Homing Configuration
6. Tune the servo motors.
7. Calibration from AXIS.

Am I on the right track? Missing anything basic? Anything out of order or missed?

Than you,

Jeff

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01 Dec 2019 18:11 #151680 by tommylight

jeffie-3 wrote: Can't install a network printer, and some of the desktop icons are missing and when booting a usb port 1 gives an error message. Do I need to re install linux?

You need to change the PC, not Linux.
If you are getting USB errors with nothing inserted, that board/USB had a nasty surprise during it's life time.
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01 Dec 2019 18:22 #151682 by jeffie-3
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Thank you,
At this time I can't replace the computer. I have the keyboard and mouse on the other usb ports. They seem to be working. But I will put another P.C. on the list of things I need to replace.

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01 Dec 2019 18:54 #151683 by Leon82
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There should be a motherboard pin connection to add a USB for the case you could try
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01 Dec 2019 22:29 #151708 by tommylight
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03 Dec 2019 13:06 #151849 by andypugh
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jeffie-3 wrote: Running Ubuntu Precise, LinuxCNC 2.7.8. I am having a bit of trouble with linux. Can't install a network printer, and some of the desktop icons are missing and when booting a usb port 1 gives an error message. Do I need to re install linux? Better version Debian Wheezy?


I would not suggest Wheezy _or_ precise. Both are ancient and out of support.

You are using Mesa cards, so use the Debian Stretch ISO with preempt-rt.
linuxcnc.org/downloads/
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05 Dec 2019 19:10 #152087 by jeffie-3
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Will I lose all my setting when installing?

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05 Dec 2019 20:25 #152099 by bevins
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jeffie-3 wrote: Will I lose all my setting when installing?

Make a copy of your config folder.
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23 Dec 2019 15:52 #153111 by jeffie-3
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O.K. I put Debian Stretch on a jump drive. Booted to it. Everything went well. When I turned off the machine and turned it back on. I was back to Ubuntu Precise. Grub did not show Debian. What did I do wrong?

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23 Dec 2019 17:26 #153121 by Todd Zuercher
Are you sure you actually installed Stretch to your HD, or did you just run it "live" from your USB stick?
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