Copam Setup Instructions
Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:00 PM
Signcut and most other vinyl / tint cutting software interfaces with the vinyl cutter directly without installing Windows drivers. The exception is if you choose to use the USB cable in which case you will need to install the USB>Serial conversion driver (instructions below), but this is for the type of connection and not the plotter itself. The plotter drivers are already included and need to be configured in the cutting software. In Signcut click on ?settings? and then ?cutter?. In the cutter setup you should select "Copam" as the manufacturer, ?Copam CP 2500 or model you have? as the Cutter, and then select the correct Port you are connected to under ?Device?. It is recommended that you use parallel port as described below. Each time you change the settings after an unsuccessful cut, you may need to reboot the computer and plotter to clear the buffer.
Parallel Port (25 pin cable at both ends):
In most cases the parallel port will work by simply connecting the parallel cable (25 pin on each end) and setting up the Signcut software to plot through the LTP1 port. Be sure you are using the cable that came with the plotter and not an extended cable. If you do have problems you can try the following steps.
1. Verify all cables are connected properly and try rebooting the computer and/or plotter.
2. Uninstall or disable all printer drivers that might be using LPT1 (Windows: Start -> Printers and Faxes <RIGHT MOUSE CLICK> ?Delete?) You will not actually see the plotter installed as a device here but since it uses a driver through the cutting software any other installed parallel drivers could interfere with the plotter.
3. No other devices or switchboxes should be connected or daisy chained to the parallel port.
4. Change your parallel port mode to ECP if it is not already. This is done in your computer setup (BIOS) and is it recommended that only advanced users adjust this setting.
If USB port installation is necessary, you will need to install the USB to serial converter drivers.
1. Do not plug in any cables yet. Download and install the USB to serial adapter driver from http://uscutter.com/...gid=10&Itemid=5. Reboot.
2. Plug the USB to serial adapter into the computer's USB port (the hardware wizard should automatically detect the device using the previously installed drivers)
3. Go to Windows Start -> Control Panel (classic view) -> System -> Device Manager. Double Click 'Ports'. Double click 'Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port'. Under 'Port Settings' set 'Flow Control' to 'Hardware'. OK.
4. Note the COM port under 'Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port'
5. Now in Signcut click on 'Settings' -> 'Cutter', select:
Cutter: Copam CP-2500
Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:02 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:56 AM
What driver should I use?
When I send a file to cut the cutter stays in one spot and the blade bounces up and down?
Posted 24 March 2007 - 01:49 PM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:52 AM
i bought a usb to serial 232 cable ( $9 ) off of E-bay & hooked my second copam up to the new computer with Windows Vista . All i can get is 1 letter from any file i send to SignCut & when i send that to the cutter , the cutter is VERY slow & goes across the vinyl & stays at the other end while the vinyl feeds . the blade does not come in contact with the vinyl . i went thru the above instruction exactly several times . i am guessing the usb cable & driver i am installing ( very little experience or knowledge doing this ) might noit work with Vista ? the cable package doesn't list vista , the cable packages in BestBuy didnt list Vista either . should i go to BestBuys & buy a $39 cable ?
Thanks for the help , the help that is provided is great & goes way beyond supporting the cutters . seems every problem ive had or read about is computer related or computer operator knowledge/experience related & not the cutters .
regards , Rodger Myers
Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:55 AM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 05:27 AM
Posted 25 December 2007 - 11:37 AM
Posted 25 December 2007 - 01:32 PM
Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:41 PM
I'm attempting to install everything, but the driver installation disk (the mini disk) is blank!
What drivers are these? The RS232 to USB drivers? If so, I've installed those, but when I plug the plotter into my usb port, it says it needs to install drivers. What should I be doing? I haven't gone any further yet because I don't want issues in the future.
Any assistance will be VERY much appreciated!
Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:44 PM
Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:50 PM
Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:56 PM
I know you review will be ALOT more unbiased the Josh's would of been. BTW, my username is theflowerboxx over at the t-shirtforums so you know how well I like Josh.
So just out of curiousity how does the build of the copam compare to your graphtec and the roland? Also anything else you could mention while you're in limbo of getting it going, I am really interested in how they compare to one another.
Posted 18 October 2008 - 02:33 PM
Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:22 AM
I did not get any cd sent with my cutter is there any drivers i need to get for this plotter
You only need drivers if using the direct USB to USB cable, or the Serial to USB cable. Are you using either?
Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:24 PM
Are these instructions still relevant? And if so which drivers are necessary?
I just got my cutter and it doesn't seem to be communicating with sign blazer, it is connect by USB, no adapter.
Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:26 PM
Open your Device Manager with the USB cable plugged in to the cutter and computer, then look in the Ports category. Should be something int here that looks like: USB Serial Port (COM#).
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