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TOPIC: Setup for Gravograph IS400

Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 4 weeks ago #5735

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I have Engravelab Pro 9.1 which I use with a retrofitted New Hermes V7000 engraver, this all works fine.

I have recently purchased a used Gravograph IS400 which came with GravoStyle 98, and a parallel cable and dongle. GravoStyle 98 cannot run on computers newer that Windows 98 because of the parallel port dongle.

I would like to get the IS400 up and running on a newer Windows 10 computer using a serial cable. I know that a simple straight through cable will not work (I have tried) and so I am getting some DB9 connectors, solder and wire together and will try and figure out a compatible cable.

After that I will have to set up a driver, and I was wondering if there is someone out there that has done this already and would be able to share some suggestions and comments on the best way to set this up.

Any and all advice is welcome!

John Jackson
Russell, Ontario
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Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 4 weeks ago #5736

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I have had some success with USB to Parallel cables.

Does the machine have a serial port?
It almost 100 % sure that you need a NULL MODEM cable.
A straight through (or modem cable) will not work.


I know of at least 2 customers using our IS400 drivers.
Have no notes on what port they were using


If interested ,
On May 18 2016 , I added Braille support to the New Hermes V7000 engraver driver .
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Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 3 weeks ago #5737

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The machine does have a serial port. I will get the wiring figured out - I generated a test job sent to file that I can copy to the parallel port, so I will be able to use it to test the serial port.

For the V7000 it has been upgraded with the Q1 Engravers electronics so I have to use the driver for that device.

I will get the cable working and then see what issues remain.

In the driver configuration, what is the difference between the 'engraver' and the 'router' options?
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Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 3 weeks ago #5738

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Not much anymore.
15+ years ago we had a basic engraving package that could cut only at 1 depth
We also sold an add on module that allowed you cut cut a multiple passes.
They have been merged into one now.
Somebody needs clean up the drivers to eliminate the old terminology.

Some drivers have single pass and multi pass.
Others say engraver and router.
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Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 3 weeks ago #5741

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OK, I have made a null modem adapter that works with CTS flow control. I can output jobs to the engraver.

I am using the Gravograph IS driver. Is that the best pick?

When I set the machine size to length 8.25 width 12.0 the output was vertical. So I set the length to 12 and width to 8.25 and the length to 8.5 and the text appears horizontal, but mirrored on the x axis.

Any idea how to adjust this?

Thanks

John
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Setup for Gravograph IS400 3 months 3 weeks ago #5742

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I thought I would check the website in case there are any updated or different drivers, but I can't find anything that looks like a download section.

I was looking under support. Which option has the downloads?

Thanks,

John
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