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  1. Ok I finally got a new ce6000 plus, there are some quirks that i just cant seem to get by with this new machine. I mean it works great and i am still tweaking it some but I went in and turned off the roller sensors and media sensors because it was basically wasting material. But now even with those cut off and I set "expand" to go beyond the rollers, I cannot get it to cut the left hand side of a design that worked perfectly fine with my old vinyl cutter. It cuts all the way to about 3/4" of the end of the vinyl and it will lift up and move on to another section. It never closes the gaps on that side for boxes. I have read the manual and watched videos on how to make sure the sensors are off but for the life of me I cannot get this cutter to cut past the rollers. any help?
  2. sorry got tied up with other issues and went back to the cutter.. i had the rollers close to the edge because i thought you had to use the sensors before i turned them off.. good news is after messing with it i saw your response and i have been moving the cutter head to the right before i turn it on. Then i have the rollers on the blue areas but farther inside then i previously had it. I still haven't tested the prefeed yet but I will soon. So far the cutter is working great. Thanks MzSkeeter for all the help. Any other tips you can share I would appreciate it.
  3. ok do you physically move your cutter head to the start point of the material then his "origin" and also is there a way to advance the material faster to make sure its lined up with the cut head further down the material? when i press down key it is so slow lol (NEVERMIND.. i remembered i read hold down "Fast" button)
  4. thats what i thought.. i have the media and pinch roller sensors turned off from day one.. so i shouldnt even need to mess with expand.. hmmm.. i'll try that here in a few mins.. i also noted that my working space is larger than what im cutting and it shows on the bottom right in the orientation that i wanted.. i'll test this out and get back Skeeter
  5. ok i got this back years ago and it has worked fine until recently. It would stop in the middle of a cut thus ruining any material i had been using. I searched the forum and grounded it per instructions and still would stop sometimes. Then I took the cover off the cut head assembly and noticed the ribbon cable going from the cutter to the cut head was loose. (looked to be glued down at one point) so I pushed it back in and pushed in the clip holding it and it seemed to be doing ok. Today it stopped in mid cut again and I looked at the ribbon cable and it seemed ok. When it stopped all it was doing was moving the cutter head up and down as if it was still cutting the design but no movement to the vinyl or the cutter head. Any suggestions from here? I use this every day for small projects so any ideas on tracking down what went wrong would be helpful.
  6. thanks.. i guess i need to start checking that part of the forum
  7. i saw a few like that but don't really trust ordering when i have to translate lol so im gonna work on this one with a longer printer cable and i've ordered a graphtec ce6000 to replace it. if i can get it to work i will use it for none detailed stuff
  8. Just wondering what kind of maintenance should we be doing on these cutters? i've had mine since 2008.. use it occasionally throughout the years.. bought new blades here and there.. but haven't replaced anything on it.. i have noticed some files do not close completely so i have small burrs when i am weeding.. also the last few months every once in a while it will stop cutting completely in the middle of a job.. I ran a wire to ground it and sanded off the paint for the ground wire and it seemed to correct it but it still does it once in a while.. any suggestions greatly appreciated..
  9. ok im gonna try to fix this cutter but went ahead and ordered a graphtec ce6000 plus so it should be here next week.. i got too much stuff to get going and can't rely on this one anymore
  10. oh course they did lol.. mine doesn't have a label.. i will have to take it apart to see what it says on the mainboard..
  11. i did on both threads.. the length of that ribbon is 550mm and 20mm wide.. 16 pin. and that is the type of cutter i have when i bought it said Laserpoint 24"
  12. well to be honest im not 100% sure which model I got.. its red and black 24" with laser.. i always heard it was a Laserpoint 24". i have included a pic i found online.that looks just like mine. also included a pic of the ribbon cable identification. the ribbon cable is long about 550mm and 20mm wide 16 pin from what i can see.
  13. the ribbon cable was to the cutter head pcb.. i did a test and used some stranded copper wires about 10" in length and soldered each one to the small pcb on the cutter head to the exact locations of the original ribbon cable.. it worked.. however this was for a test to see if it was indeed the ribbon cable.. i have looked online trying to find a replacement ribbon cable with no success.. i gutted an old printer to rob it of a ribbon cable that was similer style but not the right pin count.. so i soldered it to shorter wires to the small pcb on the cutter head.. i got it working but not back to the original state.. the ribbon cable from the printer is shorter in length so i can cut up to 12" but not 24" because of it.. i would like to find an original cable so i can just plug it into the connector on the cutter head but the other end going to the motherboard is just soldered with huge wires which makes no sense why they didnt just put another connector on that end making it an easy fix.. OR.. im going to gut a few other old printers and rob them of their ribbon cables and connectors and jimmy-rigg this thing to work and then look to purchasing a new cutter.. speaking of new cutters.. what is the 'top dog' of the cutters that isn't gonna break my wallet.. i know servo type cutters are better.. whats the bees knees right now?
  14. Ok.. i believe the problem lies with the ribbon cable.. as I soldered in some wires to the cutter head pcb traces on top and was able to get it to function again.. granted this was just a test.. i then gutted an old printer to get a ribbon cable close to what was used and then jimmy-rigged the cable to the wires i had already soldered to the pcb.. it has worked but i cannot cut 24" because of the length of the ribbon cable i grabbed from the old printer.. the bad thing is the wires coming from the motherboard solder directly to the ribbon cable and that i think is a weak point.. i might gut a few more old printers i have to grab the connectors for the ribbon cables and then use those.. but i will need to find a replacement cable that matches what originally came with it if i want to use the connector on the cutter head pcb..
  15. any help guys? i took the cutter covers off.. everything is seated correctly.. i have a feeling its the ribbon cable.. would that cause it not to move the motors?
  16. any help? the cutter turns on and does its initial test on the LCD then says online.. if i tun offline and do 'test' button it presses down the cutter but there is no movement on the rollers that move the vinyl nor the cutter head only the head goes down like it wants to cut.. any idea where to start? in other words the cutter doesnt move/cut at all just the cut head goes down.. this is from the LCD panel.. if i try to move the head manually the numbers change on the LCD but no movement.. its like the motors don't respond at all thanks in advance..
  17. ok i think i figured it out.. the ribbon cable going to the actual cut head assembly is moving in its connector.. it looks like it used to be hot glued down.. anyway to get a replacement.. right now i have the ribbon cable taped and it seems to work fine.. but i want a more permanent solution.. spoke too soon.. now it won't work..
  18. thanks.. i was researching other posts and first im going to reinstall signblazer and see what happens.. then i might get a new serial cable.. and go one by one until i can figure this out.. of course it starts when i need to use it
  19. im using serial cable i've had since 2008.. the original computer died long ago so i am using another computer with vista with no other software other than signblazer.. that was in 2012.. i thought i had it taken care of but lately its freezing up every job now
  20. ok had time to test today.. put in the pen adapter.. setup a few cuts.. and its freezing with the pen.. any ideas?
  21. thanks for the reply.. its been a great machine.. as for grounding i grounded the actual cutter.. i am going to run the wire to ground the stand too today,.. where do you order the strip?
  22. gm2k8

    Serial Cable info

    ok.. i've had a cutter for years with the supplied serial cable.. however a friend purchased the same cutter w/o any cables.. so i told him to order a serial null cable.. he ordered one i think it was10ft.. still didnt work.. so i tested it on my cutter.. the cable didnt work.. so as a test i brought my cable over to his house and we hooked it up.. worked fine.. he sent that first cable back and ordered another.. this one was 6ft.. didnt work.. i tested it with mine.. didnt work.. i then suspected maybe the pinouts were different.. so using a ohm tester i started to test mine.. then i tested his brand new one.. pinouts are different.. any ideas? both cables he ordered were DB9 RS232 Serial Null Modem Cables..
  23. gm2k8

    Serial Cable info

    ok so mystery solved.. the cable i have isnt a null modem cable its a straight thru cable.. every pin matches.. so he got one and boom it worked.. smh