Have built the table, put together the machine, got power to the Mini Rambo but can’t for the life of me find any document that sort of tells a three year old what to do next. ie a bouncing ball for idiots sort of set of instructions on getting the thing moving?
I tried to power it up and see if I could get only the X axis to move figuring that was safe but all I get is little cricket noise out of the lcd controller.
Am I missing some major point?
Do I have to download something? plug it into a computer or something…?
The screen isn’t on in the photos. Did you see it come on and show something (not blank)? It may be that the lcd is plugged in backwards. There are 4 ways to hook it up, and only one works. Luckily, the other three don’t hurt anything.
Don’t connect or disconnect the motors while it is powered up. That is dangerous for the drivers.
The '?'s are just because it hasn’t been told the origin yet. It doesn’t know if a motor is connected.
The resetting on a twist of the knob still indicates something wrong with the LCD. Either a wire is crossed, or I have seen some reports of it being screwed together too tightly and it shorts something. When you get that fixed, you’ll see that there aren’t many choices in thar menu, and they should mostly make sense.
The instructions don’t hold your hand. The stuff Ryan has written are all at docs.v1engineering.com. We recently moved then over to that format hoping people would volunteer some changes, but that hasn’t happened. At some point, I doubt there will ever be super explicit instructions. You wouldn’t find explicit instructions for a computer. It just has too many options on how to use it.
I am thinking a simple LCD page would really help though. It would have been good for you to have an example of what it should look like, and where it didn’t do what it expected.
Just some general info here. There is a USB to Serial chip. This chip is powered by the USB cable. If it is powered, and you have a good USB cable, then Windows should see it as a device, and you should be able to send data.
The microcontroller on the mini rambo needs 12V power. If that isn’t powered, then the data sent by the USB to Serial chip will go nowhere. Both need to be working correctly for Repetier Host to connect to the microcontroller and the get right messages to think it is connected.
I don’t use windows, but I am pretty sure that the problems you’re seeing are with connecting to the USB to Serial chip, not with the micro controller. So I’m with Ryan, that it is hopefully a USB cable, or maybe your USB host on the computer can’t provide enough power for the little USB to Serial chip.
OK. Thanks again.
It was the usb cable. Have replaced it with a slightly rusty one from a mate over the road and it works fine now.
Clicked connect and the software straight away came to life.
So shall have a read of what to do next. I do notice that as soon as I ask it to move any axis it winds the Z axis down about 10mm then sends the X axis heading off towards the side of the table. Have hit emergency stop.