No USB Connection to Microturn and Micromill

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No USB Connection to Microturn and Micromill

Post by boots » Mon 06 Apr , 2009 18:35 pm

Miromill, VR Milling v5.24, Aug. 2008
Microturn, VR Turning v1.17, Sept. 2007

Both the mill and lathe are new and have never been used. We installed all the software and that operates correctly, except when you try to connect to the machine. The program searches the comm ports looking for the machines. Both of the machines use USB connections to the computer.
Can you please advise what is needed to fix this error.

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Post by boots » Mon 06 Apr , 2009 18:39 pm

You will need to install the Baldor USB drivers from the VR Milling and VR Turning software CD’s.

For the Microturn

1). Insert the VR Turning CD into the Computers CD-ROM drive, when the window opens to install the software opens, click Exit and leave the CD in the CD-ROM drive.

When you connect the USB cable, from the computer to the Microturn and turn the power on to the machine, a balloon should pop up on your computer screen stating “New Hardware Found”. Click on the balloon to open the “Add New Hardware” wizard. You will need to direct the installation for the Baldor USB drivers to the Baldor folder on the VR Turning CD in your CD-ROM drive. Or go to the computers Control Panel and select Add Hardware to install the drivers.

Mark which USB port you are using for the machine, the drivers are only loaded to that USB port. If you want to load the drivers to all of the USB ports, disconnect from the machine (click on the Machine button), plug the USB cable into the next port, connect to the machine and load the Baldor drivers to the port.

Continue the above steps for each USB port.

2). Make sure you have MICROTURN 2000 NS selected from the list of machines in VR Turning. The type of machine will be listed in the upper left corner of your computer screen, in the banner, after VR Turning.

If not, click on the Setup tab,

Select Machine Parameters

Enter the password, denny (lower case sensitive)

RIGHT click on MICROTURN 2000 NS

LEFT click on Make Active, a red check mark will appear before the machine name.

Click OK


For the Micromill

1). Insert the VR Milling CD into the computers CD-ROM drive, when the window opens to install the software opens, click Exit and leave the CD in the CD-ROM drive.

When you connect the USB cable, from the computer to the Micromill and turn the power on to the machine, a balloon should pop up on your computer screen stating “New Hardware Found”. Click on the balloon to open the “Add New Hardware” wizard. You will need to direct the installation for the Baldor USB drivers to the Baldor folder on the VR Milling CD in your CD-ROM drive. Or go to the computers Control Panel and select Add Hardware to install the drivers.

Mark which USB port you are using for the machine, the drivers are only loaded to that USB port. If you want to load the drivers to all of the USB ports, disconnect from the machine (click on the Machine button), plug the USB cable into the next port, connect to the machine and load the Baldor drivers to the port.

Continue the above steps for each USB port.

2). Make sure you have MICROMILL selected from the list of machines in VR Milling. The type of machine will be listed in the upper left corner of your computer screen, in the banner, after Virtual Reality CNC Milling.

If not, click on the Setup tab,

Select Select Machine…

LEFT click on MICROMILL

Click OK

Click CANCEL in the next widow (Restore Offsets and Tooling)

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NO USB

Post by Benny » Wed 15 Apr , 2009 17:00 pm

I see you are using VR Milling version 2
You have the wrong machine selected.
LEFT Click on the Setup tab,
LEFT Click on Setup Machine Parameters,
Type in the password denny,
LEFT Click on OK
Scroll up/down through the list of machines and RIGHT click on MICROMILL 2000 NS
LEFT Click on Set As Active Machine
LEFT Click on OK to close the window
Wait a few seconds for the computer to load the machine profile
MICROMILL 2000 NS will appear after Virtual Reality CNC Milling in the banner in the upper left corner of the computer screen
LEFT click on the Machine button to connect to the machine

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Post by Benny » Wed 15 Apr , 2009 17:02 pm

Here is guide to installing the Baldor USB drivers.

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Select “Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)”
Select “Don’t search. It will choose the driver to install”
Click on “Continue Anyway”
Click on “Browse”
Direct the computer to your CD-ROM drive
Click on the “USB Folder”
Click on “Open”
Click “OK”
Click “Finish”

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Post by boots » Fri 17 Apr , 2009 16:57 pm

We are having a problem with the mill at our school now. When we try to connect to it with VR Milling and click on the home all button, the numbers telling the mill position will continue to run and never stop. The mill itself never moves. Can you please advise us on how to fix this problem?

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Post by boots » Fri 17 Apr , 2009 17:05 pm

Check the voltage on the power connector (TB11) pins 1 & 2, of the control card in the back of the machine. It should read about 24 volts AC. Pins 4 & 5 should read about 24 volts.

Replace the fuse on the control card; it is right above the power connector. The fuse is a 6.3 amp fuse; you can get these at Radio Shack (PN 270-1068).

Check/replace the other fuses in the machine. The 3.15 amp fuse is Radio Shack PN 270-1065

There maybe a loose or broken wire connection that is causing the problem.

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