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Everything posted by Dakotagrafx

  1. what darcshadow said - offset and overcut produce the same results every time and neither causes random lines
  2. than according to the instructions either the drivers need reinstalled, wrong drivers or possibly bad board if it still comes up unknown device. I would first look for the most current ftdi drivers
  3. With the device manager open and the cutter powered on, plug the cutter into your computer. Your computer will make the device connection sound and may search for device drivers. The cutter uses an FTDI chipset so the computer should install the FTDI chipset driver. If your computer does not react at all to the cutter being plugged in, there may be a block in the connection. Try a different USB port on your computer (try all of them if necessary) Try a different printer cable (any standard USB printer cable will work, borrow one from another printer if needed). It is also possible that the USB port on the cutter itself has failed. USB ports are the number one service item for vinyl cutters. It is possible the internal wiring from the USB port to the motherboard has failed. If your computer automatically installs an FTDI driver (some Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems will do this successfully) then proceed to use it. The FTDI driver will show up as a COM port under Ports (COM & LPT). In some instances, it may be necessary to use an older version of the FTDI driver. If your cutter has incomplete cutting then rolling back to a prior FTDI driver is a good first step to resolve the issue. If your computer doesn’t install a driver automatically then your cutter will show up as an Unknown Device or possibly some other device. You will see the new device show up in the device manager listing. If you can’t tell which one it is, unplug the cutter from the computer and wait for device manager to update, the device attached to the cutter will disappear. Plug it back into the computer and the device will reappear. Do this as many times as needed until you find the cutter device. If your cutter is an unknown device, you will need to install an FTDI driver.
  4. try the pnc-100 drivers mentioned above to see if that works did you actually see it cut before buying it?
  5. what software did it ship with when you bought it ?
  6. uscutter hasn't sold the p-cut for years and the current UK version is quite different from the old p-cut many of us started with so our info might be a bit dated. did the seller you bought it from have any info on setting up the plotter? current drivers? I am pretty sure the one 10 years ago worked with the roland pnc-1000 drivers but that may have changed over time
  7. Shop series or professional cutter?

    yes sb will export .eps - and you can use the ce3000 or ce5000 drivers from signblazer with the ce6000 but once you get used to the Studio pro being a little different it is far more powerful
  8. Shop series or professional cutter?

    graphtec hands down and with the free download of graphtec pro studio (flexi pro cloud) it is impossible to beat the deal - the software would run you as much as you pay for the plotter if you bought it separately. you know you are in it for a long run now after owning a cutter this long so get a graphtec ce6000-60 and be amazed
  9. Hi and thank you

    siser ezweed for me on most of my htv projects and if funds are not limited then hotronix all the way! mighty press is a close second
  10. plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    if it won't do a test cut from the menu on the cutter then it is internal like the solenoid in the carriage or mainboard. with a cutter of that age I would buy the new SC2 that is on sale right now and have a new plotter and the new vinylmaster (even though I love the ve-lxi master plus I don't think it will have a driver to work with the sc2) . with some cutters there is a z axis chip that can be replaced for what you are describing but identifying it on that cutter and the chance of it being replaceable are probably pretty slim
  11. HTV Help with Time/Temp and Effect

    #wildgoose personally I get mine from a wholesaler and never do anything to them before pressing and delivering. I would think that would be long enough if you can lay your hand on it and it is only warm
  12. HTV Help with Time/Temp and Effect

    wildgoose does the most garments of any of the mods but other members should be along that use that particular product. I use easyweed 90 percent of the time and have not used the featherlite - first thing that sticks out to me is the directions are : Cut Mirror image using 45° or 60° blade. Weed material. Temp: 310° F/155° C. Preheat garment for 2-3 seconds. Press with Medium Pressure for 15 seconds. Peel cold. are you pre pressing the shirt for the 2-3 seconds before applying the graphic to eliminate any moisture in the garment (yes even sitting on a shelf they will have a certain amount of moisture) ? did you check your platen across all 4 quadrants to make sure the temp is consistent and up to temp? are you applying with enough pressure that after pressing you can see the fabric weave in the vinyl? Not sure where you are getting your shirts but with shirts from a wholesaler I never wash first as anything like fabric softener can contaminate the surface of the shirt and affect the adhesion (or even if you are like my wife and use 3 times more detergent than necessary leaves residue - washed a blanket after she complained and took 3 more washings without detergent to get it to not suds in the washer) I am sure someone will be around shortly to help that uses the feather lite
  13. plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    I have ve-LXI master plus and checking for all of the plotter sold by signwarehouse I do not see a ultra pro 24 they have the enduracut series, grc series, q and qe series, jaguar, lynx and R series but nothing on a ultra pro 24 so wondering if you have the wrong driver selected and it is not telling the plotter to pick up and drop the blade holder
  14. UPS & Surge Protector

    APC here too - tried a couple of cyberpower over the years but they didn't last as long and both of them over time started acting up with false positives other problems causing annoying beeps . like darcshadow said the apc batteries can be bought at our local interstate dealer and are like the ones in emergency lighting found in most commercial buildings
  15. plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    still no idea of what machine or software we are trying to diagnose - could be hardware, software or even just wrong drivers running the plotter - we have seen in the past wrong drivers that do what you describe, we have seen in the past mainboard issues doing what you describe, we have seen damaged carriage selenoid do what you described but without more info it is a total shot in the dark. that is why above I asked for more info so we had something , anything to go on. What model of plotter? What cutting software are you using? What driver within that software did you choose? what operating system are you using with the software?
  16. plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    What model of plotter is it? What software and drivers are you using?
  17. Graphtec CE 5000 120 issue

    if you cant work it since the attempted firmware update , that is not a good sign from what we have seen in the past. to me if I thought all it was was a mainboard the $355 would be worth it - but that is no guarantee. I repaired a roland someone thought wasn't worth the $600 for a mainboard once and sold it for a profit after buying it , buying the board, replacing cut strip, blade holder. so value of the cutter is up to you. the ce5000 was a great machine it is just a matter of if it is a gamble you are willing to take
  18. Graphtec CE 5000 120 issue

    heck looks like they marked them down as they are long discontinued http://www.uscutter.com/Graphtec-CE5000-MainBoard
  19. Graphtec CE 5000 120 issue

    now that we have seen before and if I recall correctly they ended up replacing the mainboard as they couldn't reflash the mainboard again - and again as I recall they are around $600 if you can find one
  20. Graphtec CE 5000 120 issue

    you can download the graphtec cut controller and try that but the display doesn't look like anything good happened - betting mainboard issue or firmware but it will be expensive to fix if so. did you try a second hard reset?
  21. Company Vehicle Logos

    I would go with at least the sc2 cutter steering clear of the mh personally - as always the better the cutter the easier they are to set. how big do you need the designs to be?
  22. Hello from a new guy

    Welcome from Michigan
  23. moved to the vinylmaster section of the forum as they have been spectacular in watching the forums - I still suggest you contact vinylmaster and or uscutter . . .
  24. Getting a new key code from US Cutter

    going back thru your old threads looks like it was vinylmaster - you might try contacting them to see if they can help you with it as it had to be registered when you got it
  25. Getting a new key code from US Cutter

    won't happen with todays technology. see your other threads for other responses