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Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by kn612 » Sun Jul 24, 2022 2:58 pm

Is anyone using a wireless xbox controller with an older windows computer?

I cant find a driver to run the wireless adapter on this older parallel port windows computer. I was able to use this wireless controller on my first table that i built that ran windows 7 and mach 3. It was handy.

Current table has old candcnc bladerunner parallel port. I have a pn200 but do not like dragging the cord around.

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Re: Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by acourtjester » Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:11 pm

If you are looking to move the axis only you can use a wireless keyboard. This is what I use just take it to the table when you want to move the axis.
You use the arrow keys and page up and down to move the 3 axis around. I buy the ones with a wireless mouse with it too. Walmart has them for less than $20. There are also wireless keypads that are smaller and work great too. keys 2, 4, 6, 8, page up, and page down di the same thing.
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Re: Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by djreiswig » Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:14 pm

I tried to use the wireless controller on my Mach 3 Ethernet computer. The controller kept crashing Mach3 when it went to sleep while cutting. We're you able to overcome this?
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Re: Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by kn612 » Sun Jul 24, 2022 7:57 pm

Using a wireless keyboard now. It's better than nothing when lining zero up to cut. The Xbox controller was the way to go. Programmed buttons to start cut, reset, come out of reset, control all axis, set zero, etc. I know the pn200 can do all those things and more but it's another cord string out, have to plug 4 port hub in everytime.

When the xbox controller went to sleep on my other mach3 table that used ethernet and cslabs csmio controller it wouldn't crash mach3. Sometimes I had to restart mach3 for the controller to function again but it never messed up any cut.

I've been looking into putting a different motion controller on this table. Linuxcnc if mesa hardware becomes available or centroids acorn. The acorn looks nice. Either has better wireless control from the looks of it

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Re: Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by djreiswig » Sun Jul 24, 2022 8:10 pm

Okay, so you had the same issue with Mach crashing. I was hoping you'd solved that. I went back to the wired Xbox controller, but wireless would be nice.
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Re: Xbox 360 wireless controller with windows XP/mach3

Post by adbuch » Mon Jul 25, 2022 1:16 am

acourtjester wrote:
Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:11 pm
If you are looking to move the axis only you can use a wireless keyboard. This is what I use just take it to the table when you want to move the axis.
You use the arrow keys and page up and down to move the 3 axis around. I buy the ones with a wireless mouse with it too. Walmart has them for less than $20. There are also wireless keypads that are smaller and work great too. keys 2, 4, 6, 8, page up, and page down di the same thing.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/234486923516?h ... SwCbNiQ9X3
I do that as well with my Mach3 controlled cnc router. I use a Logitech wireless keyboard and take it to the table as Tom does. Just use the up/down and arrow keys.
Very handy.
David

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