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20 Jul 2022 02:12 #247805 by Lcvette
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It is done via a widget rule which pols status:axes from the ini at start up. So be sure to add the AXES = 3 or 4 or 5
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21 Jul 2022 19:24 #247981 by charleyann
I spent a LOT of time trying to get the 4th axis to display. I looked at several config files and never saw the "AXIS =" entry
I went with QTdragon due to this issue.
If we had some kind of getting started doc for using Probe Basic it could save a lot of frustration.

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23 Jul 2022 16:04 #248127 by Lcvette
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If we had some kind of getting started doc for using Probe Basic it could save a lot of frustration.

did you see this in the sticky section?

forum.linuxcnc.org/qtpyvcp/44889-probe-b...onversion-doc#232570

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23 Aug 2022 23:34 #250292 by charleyann
After seeing the last several posts I gave this another try. I have made sure I have AXES = 4 and COORDINATES = X Y Z A
in the [TRAJ] section

I still get the same result. The DRO only shows XY&Z the manual controls show XYZA&B. Even the sim on a fresh install only shows XYZ on the DRO and XYZAB on the manual controls.

I've installed and run Linuxcnc with Gmoccapy, Axis and QtDragon so I'm not stupid, but this is nuts. I know it can work, I can see that all 5 axis displays are available in the QtDesigner. I just can't get mine to display.

I would love to run this interface but I have to have the 4th axis.

My install is:
Debian 11.4 Mate desktop
15.10.0.17 RT Kernel

QtPyVCP install:
cd ~/dev
git clone github.com/kcjengr/qtpyvcp
cd qtpyvcp
git checkout master
pip install --editable .
cd
cd ~/dev/qtpyvcp/pyqt5designer/Qt5.15.2-64bit/python3.9
sudo ./install.sh
cp ~/dev/qtpyvcp/scripts/.xsessionrc ~/

Probe Basic install:
cd ~/dev
git clone github.com/kcjengr/probe_basic.git
cd probe_basic
git checkout python3
qcompile .
pip install -e .
cd
cp -r ~/dev/probe_basic/probe_basic/fonts/ ~/.local/share/
cp -r ~/dev/probe_basic/config/probe_basic/ ~/linuxcnc/configs/
 
Conversational gcode install:
go here: github.com/kcjengr/qtpyvcp.conversational-gcode
set the repo to python3 and download the zip
extract the zip to ~/dev
cd ~/dev/qtpyvcp.conversational-gcode-python3
pip install .


I can edit probe_basic and have all of the custom icons and widgets
editvcp probe_basic

Attached are my ini and hal files along with a screen shot of Probe Basic running on my machine.
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23 Aug 2022 23:58 - 24 Aug 2022 00:00 #250295 by TurBoss
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Hello,

the widgets responsible on show the correct DRO display had dependency on a deprecated stats channel called axes and got removed from linuxcnc master like 2 days ago,
i fixed the rule to get the DRO page by using this rule but i had no luck

int(bin(ch[0]).count("1"))-3 # this gives the count of bits at 1 from axis_mask

in a status label it shows the correct page number

but for some reason I'm unable to make it change to the correct page on boot so the first  page is always shown
Last edit: 24 Aug 2022 00:00 by TurBoss.
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24 Aug 2022 00:49 #250297 by charleyann
Thank you  TurBoss!

This is probably not the right way to fix this but it got me up and running. I now have the A axis DRO

All I did was change the axis_display_rule on the gui_axis_display_widget from status:axes to status:joints

At least now I can get the drives tweeked in.
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24 Aug 2022 19:48 - 24 Aug 2022 19:49 #250348 by charleyann
I see the PR that removed the axes status. "Remove deprecated axis and deprecated_axes fields #1940"
This breaks Probe Basic. Can we have it put back in?
 
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25 Aug 2022 19:01 #250434 by charleyann
Now that I've had 12 hours to play with Probe Basic on my machine, I love it!
I'm not sure who developed this but thank you.

I really like the way it is setup. Using the spindle zero height to reference the spindle nose at home is the way to go!

I taught cnc mill / lathe setup and programming for several decades, this is the same method I used. (never failed to convert a customer to it.)

I have an ER25 spindle on my machine so most tools do not have a repeatable length, but I do have a few with hard stops that do repeat so I will be adding an option to measure or skip measuring after tool change.
I had this implemented in gmoccapy. It looks like it will be an easy addition here.

Thanks again, Love this GUI.
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25 Aug 2022 19:17 #250440 by tommylight

Now that I've had 12 hours to play with Probe Basic on my machine, I love it!
I'm not sure who developed this but thank you.

KJC, LCVete, TurBoss, and some others.
We are talking about probe basic the GUI, not the tab, right? :)
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25 Aug 2022 20:12 #250444 by charleyann
Yes, the GUI
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