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PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby rholloway5960 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:02 am

Had not been used for years and tried to set up on better computer. lenova using windows xp finaly got to inialize and now it comes with error codes module 1-21. do not know what this means. contacted plasmacam and was told they have not serviced this machine for a long time.
If this is from control board is there anybody that services them or do I have look for a different controller all together. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP. CAN NOT OFFORD TO BUY A NEW PLASMA CAM. Found a pci board on amazon for computer that is suppose to support plasma cam machine don't know if this would help or not.

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Re: PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby tcaudle » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:31 pm

PCAM machines are totally proprietary and only serviced and supported by them. That is not unusual for a lot of tables but there is no option to replace parts of the machine from any other source. It all has to be from PCAM including software, hardware and support. You might be able to upgrade the machine to their newer Designedge , DHC and controls but it won't be cheap. You might be able to find a used set of controls although its doubtful it would work with your machine. Buying any used machine is a crap shoot and often asking before you do the deal could save you some frustrations.

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Re: PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby rdj357 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:35 pm

I don't think the old 98-z can even be upgraded. It's ancient and for all purposes - obsolete. You could probably adapt someone's motors and controls, pretty much using the frame only but I'm not sure that's a big step in the right direction.

I don't know what the error you're getting means but if it has anything to do with communication to the table, a good Axion (softio.com) card and cable is a good start.
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Re: PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby txskinney » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:46 am

this is from a paper I receive from Plasma cam.
The parallel port must use a standard legacy address or I will not work with versions windows Vista through 7. this means that the 98-z machine can only used with a computer that already has a parallel port on the motherboard. ( none of the pci add-on cards that we know of will work)
Don't know if this helps

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Re: PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby rdj357 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:10 am

TX I believe checking Enable Legacy plug and play support has solved this problem. I use Windows 10 with my machine, granted it is running the current version software and is NOT a 98-Z.

There is a lot of info about setting up parallel ports and the best advice comes from the manufacturer that I mentioned above. Just depends on how much time, effort, and/or money that RHolloway wants to put into this old of a machine.
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Re: PLASMA CAM MODEL #98-Z

Postby jimcolt » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:00 am

If the unit "initialized" then you are past any parallel port issues. Initializing means the unit has moved to its x and y limit switches and is communicating with the computer / software. The 1-21 error code I have never heard of. I would suggest joining the Plasmacam owners community (bottom of website home page, you need your machine serial number)....there are a number of members on that site that use the 98-z on a daily basis. Jim Colt Hypertherm


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