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  1. There should have been a driver with the USB/parallel adapter. Either on a CD, or instructions on where to download it from. When you plug the device into the computer, does the computer recognize as a parallel port? To check, go to your control panel, device manager, Ports. You should see something there with (LPT1) at the end of it, number might be different, you're really just looking for the LPT. If you don't have one, then you don't have the usb adapter installed.

    Check the adapter and see if you can find a model number or manufacture on it. Google that information to see if you can find a driver.

    Option 2 would be to use the serial port. But I'm guessing the laptop doesn't have a serial port either?

    I also just realized the graphtec software I linked to doesn't have the CE1000 listed so don't worry about trying any of those.

  2. When it was working on the old computer were you using the USB to Parallel adapter?

    Have you installed the correct drivers for the USB to Parallel adapter?

    Have you tried Graphtec's software?


    Do you have SB configured correctly? Just had a post the other day where someone had their software set to HP-GL rather than GP-GL for their Graphtec.

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  3. Moving forward, use the test button on the cutter itself. It'll make a small star with a box around it, about an inch square I think. Get the blade dialed in using that, then go to your software and adjust the offset and over cut. And so you don't have to waste a lot of vinyl, you can use the arrow buttons and origin button to reposition where the stare/square will be cut. So on a 24" wide roll you can get around 15-20 tests

    Have you tried adjusting the tension on the pinch rollers? If not, great! If you have, that could be a problem as well. Getting the tension reset correctly can a challenge and everyone on here advises not to touch them.

    You probably also need a new blade. I see you're making an indentation into the backing but the cuts are not clean, I would suspect either the tip of the blade is broke, or very dull. Another reason not to cut post-it notes to set blade depth, paper will dull a blade very quick.

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  4. On 6/27/2020 at 11:55 PM, isanabria79 said:

    Thanks, I checked on that and downloaded the ones for HASP but i don't know what i need to do.  it gives options but when you click ok it just closes. 

    That screen there is basically an instruction screen. It's telling you the commands line options. You would need to open a command/terminal window then type Hinstall -i.

    I would guess, if you scroll down that window there is an example.

  5. Also take a good look at the arm that holds the blade holder. It sounds like your blade holder might be moving around in the holding arm. The arm could be either broke, or simply not tight enough. Take care not to over tighten it though or it will break.

    On a side note. Why are these instructions for setting the blade still on the USCutter's pages? Half a credit card is nearly 10x too much blade. Then it says to set the depth cutting paper, why? Why not give instructions to set the blade depth cutting, oh I don't know, maybe VINYL. :huh:

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  6. The half credit card is NOT the recommended setting. How exactly did you set the blade length? If you tried cutting with the blade too far out like it sounds you've done, you may have broken the tip of the blade and need a new one.

    What exactly is the problem you're having?

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  7. I made a windshield banner using the etched glass vinyl and love the way it looks. It has held up for about 6 years now in the Texas heat and sun although it doesn't sit out every day. 

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  8. What you're describing is about what I would expect for those sizes. As Skeeter said, you can fine tune some stuff, but it'll never be perfect for long cuts.

    If you are simply doing rectangles, one option could be to draw the rectangles and individual lines rather than a box. Doing this will force the cutter to start at one end of the line and go straight to the other end. This way you won't have to worry about the cuts lining up in the middle someplace. However, the lines may not all be exactly parallel but it should be close enough that you won't notice. I would also draw it so that the corners overlap a bit, like a hash mark.#

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  9. 11 hours ago, MaryAnn Chung said:

    I see cheaper ones than Keyspan...will they work?

    Maybe, but it's a gamble, Keyspan is known to work for sure and is worth the extra few bucks. You'll also need a serial cable, cutter should have come with one. If you do not have the original cable, check the manual to see if you need a straight cable or a null modem cable. Most cutters use a Null modem, but not all.

  10. I suspect it's the transparent background of PNG and SVG files that occasionally causes problems. Also, be aware, going from png to jpg you can loose some detail, probably not a problem in this case. To preserve detail of a png files and loose the transparent background convert it to a bmp file.

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  11. I believe VM does have what you are asking for, sort of. It moves the cut head across the design, and then back, then feeds the vinyl through, and then back. So it kind of works, but to really get a good feel that the design will fit on the vinyl it should really move to the max in both axis at the same time. Maybe if enough people request it that feature could be added but I wouldn't hold my breath. Just taking a quick ruff measurement of the vinyl available is easy enough.