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Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 04:39 #19939

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I have just recieved my Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go.

I think I should be familiar with these new cards during my machine completion. Because it's still needs some enhancements.

Now to the first problem that, I downloaded the 5i25.zip file mesanet.com provides and unzipped the same at /lib/firmware/hm2/ But it shows error and later it cant let me choose 7i77. Is there something I am doing wrong ? When I browse the folders then there is some bit files but not any xml file.

Please help !
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 06:55 #19940

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We dont provide the xml files for pncconf so if you got that zip file from Mesa, most likely its a ini/hal file
set for the 5i25/7i77. These files (5i25-7i77.ini and hm2-servo7i77.hal) are basically the hm2-servo demo
ini/hal filesmodified for the 5I25/7I77 and belong in you local configuration directory = ~/linuxcnc/configs/hm2-servo/ . These files are for people that are _not_ using pncconf and want to setup their system by manual editing the ini/hal files (starting with the example files)
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 07:25 #19941

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Thanks PCW

So, is there any guide or manual to setup these cards with linuxCNC ? Please let me know.
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 07:27 #19942

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Also there is no hm2-servo file in /linuxcnc/configs/ and it's empty.
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 09:25 #19945

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There should be a hm2-servo directory in ~/linuxcnc/configs (notice the ~ which means home directory)
is this the latest live CD?
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 09:41 #19946

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Actually I have two setups and I checked with the one with an old downloaded ubuntu10.04. I will try with the new one and then let you know. Thanks.

Btw. Can someone point me any guide where I can understand how to edit Mesa's supplied configs. Or where to start with these cards ?
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 11:35 #19947

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The "HAL manual" and "Integrators manual"
(both downloadable from the documentation page)
are probably the best place to start

Information that is Mesa/hostmot2 specific can be found
in the hostmot2 manual, (man hostmot2) and various card manuals
Dynamic HAL pin names from sserial devices can be listed
with the Axis show HAL configuration commands or halcmd show pins/parameters
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 12:58 #19948

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ishman wrote:
Btw. Can someone point me any guide where I can understand how to edit Mesa's supplied configs. Or where to start with these cards ?
I have a basic 5i25-7i77 configuration that you can build on.

To start with read the Mesa manuals and make sure field power is turned on before you try and load a config or you will not see any I/O pins.

John
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 22:36 #19955

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Thanks for help PCW ! But I have checked in both computer and there is no hm2-servo directory in ~/linuxcnc/configs/ . I think I am missing any step.

John ! I will surely try to start with your linked configuration. Actually I am confused with the configuration. I know where to link which wires but getting difficulty to understand from where to start the configuration. I have inserted the 5i25 in pci slot and "lspci" shows "01:06.0 DPIO module: Device 2718:5125". But don't know what to do next.

Is there any step by step guide to install and configure these cards with linuxcnc ? Whether it's 5i20 or any mesa anything io cards. but at least it gives idea what to do next.
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Re:Mesa 5i25+7i77 plug-n-go configuration 09 May 2012 23:41 #19957

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To start with read the Mesa manuals and make sure field power is turned on before you try and load a config or you will not see any I/O pins.
You saved my time again John ! I appreciate it !!! I was trying to load a configuration made with pncconf but it was giving me error and when I powered up the W1 and W2 connector, it works.
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