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TOPIC: Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5.

Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5070

I have a Graphtec CE3000-60 and am using Signlab 5.0. I need the driver for this plotter and some help getting this going. I know it will work as I saw a previous post with a fix listed by frankd. Only I do not have this Driver listed in my Signlab.

Please help! Of course I have a deadline I need to meet!
Thank you!
Deb
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Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5072

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When you turn on your plotter, it will briefly display either HL or GL.
If it displays HL, use any of our Graphtec HPGL drivers.
If it displays GL, use any of our Graphtec GPGL drivers.
You can use any HPGL or GPGL driver to do plain cutting.

Signlab 5 doesnt support USB (99% sure)
Does your computer have a serial port? 9 pin male?
You will need to coonect the plotter via its serial port.
You will need a NULL modem cable. The plotter may have come with one.
If your computer doesnt have a serial port, you will need to get a USB to Serial adapter cable. It will add a fake com port to your computer, eg com4;

Possibly your plotter has a centronics or parrallel port, also known as a printer port.
You could also connect to the plotter via the printer port ( 25 pin female)
If your computer has no printer port, you could buy a usb to parallel adapter caable.
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Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5080

Hi Frank, thank you for your timely response. Still trying to get my Graphtec,CE3000-60 cutter going. I did go into the drivers on my signlab 5.0 and select the driver for GL in the program. I am using a serial port and have set the driver to com1. It does appear to send the artwork over but my cutter does not cut.. it is powered up and shows the GL setting enabled. It appears to be something simple. any other ideas? When I do a cut test from the plotter it is perfect!

Thank you!
Deb
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Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5086

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Is it real serial to serial, or is USB to serial involved?
Is it the serial cable that came with the plotter?

Not sure what version of Windows you have.
Can you get to system/hardware/device manager/Ports (Com and LPT)
Double click each com port to get to its properties.
Go to Port settings
Make sure its set for 9600,8,None,1,Hardware.
Repeat this for all com ports.

In Signlab, try plotting to com1, com2, com3 or as many as you saw in Control panel.

Do you know how to travel the menu on your plotter to make sure the plotter itself is set for 9600,8,None . The plotter may be set for 19200. If so, change it to 9600 on the plotter, or change it in Windows control panel to 19200
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Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5088

Frank, Good day to you!

I am using a serial null cable 25 male on plotter (Plotter is female) to 9 pin male on computer. the female cable is plugged into the 9 male. The cable was just purchased on EBAY and is a null modem cable. I am using Windows 2000. I did go into device manager and set the settings given by you and when sent to the cutter is says "Waiting for CTS DSR. When I try to cut from the other ports it says port unavailable. I do not know how to toggle the Graphtec, CE3000-60. Please reply. Thank you! Deb
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Help setting up Graphtec CE3000-60 with Signlab5. 1 year 3 months ago #5090

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Something you can try. Go to Device Manager > Ports Com & LPT.
Right click on each com port and choose to remove, There may be a check box to remove drivers, you don't want to do this. Once both are removed, right click on any other device and scan for hardware changes, or reboot the PC.
This will force windows to recreate the com ports.

If the com ports are not re-instated it is because there is a hardware problem that needs resolving.
If the ports are re-instated you can see which ports are available and you need to choose one of these.

And a question: if you look at the back of the PC are the Com ports hardwired to the Motherboard or are they in one of the vacant slots, if they are in one of the vacant slots, it could be that they are not physically connected to the motherboard by the ribbon cable.
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