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plasma cam parallel cord length?

Postby john527 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:10 pm

I just put a 9 foot long parallel cable on my new PlasmaCam, replacing the stock 6 foot cord, but now it is giving me fault messages referring to the parallel cord?? maybe the cheap $8.00 cord was not the way to go!? any body having luck with long parallel cords and if so what brand cord is it?
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Re: plasma cam parallel cord length?

Postby rdj357 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:40 pm

Definitely don't want to cheap out on the cord or the card in the computer. You want an IEEE 1284 cord and if you can, a 5volt parallel PCIe card like the one sold by AXXON (softio.com). That, good grounding, and not running the parallel cord along with other cords or near the plasma ground wire or source will reduce errors greatly.
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Re: plasma cam parallel cord length?

Postby see&see » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:34 pm

The AXXON parallel port adapter card is the way to go and I use one on each of two PlasmaCam tables. The new card will push a 15' cable easily with no errors.

On word of caution is that ACER computers with PCIe ports do not want to boot with any foreign PCIe card installed and that includes video cards. My advice is to stay from Acer as it will not boot using my AXXON card..
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