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  1. Well I've done it now. I've upgraded to Windows 10. Still have windows 7 to fall back on but trying to make 10 work for me. I have ran into an odd issue, when doing an area test before sending the design to the cutter will go about half way the length of the material loaded specified then drop the blade and slow down for the second half. Picks the blade up goes back to the origin and does the same thing the width of the material. I rarely ever did the area test before and was only doing it now because the cutter wasn't responding at first. Anyone else ever see this sort of behavior? I'm using a direct serial port connection.
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    Windows 10 Area Test with MH

    I heard that windows 11 doesn't play nice with AMD processors and that it runs noticeable slower than on a comparable intel chip. So just another reason not to be in a hurry to go to 11.
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    Windows 10 Area Test with MH

    Did it fail the test for the tpm requirement? Mine did the first time i ran it. There is a setting that n the bios on newer motherboards that you can turn on so you’ll pass that test. Can’t downgrade this computer to 7. I need 10 or better to play Age of Empires 4.
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    Windows 10 Area Test with MH

    Yeah, tried that. From what I can find there's no way to trigger the update yourself. I was hoping I could and wanted to install 11 from the start and skip over 10 all together but seems like I'm stuck with it for awhile.
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    Windows 10 Area Test with MH

    Got a new computer, mainly for playing games, and it came with 10. Tried to go to 11 but couldn't find anyplace to download it. Apparently it's a pushed update and I just have to wait for them to push it to me. I do still have the old computer and will keep it around as a back up.
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    Windows 10 Area Test with MH

    A second oddity, I can do two cuts back to back. I know it's advisable to power cycle the cutter after each cut to clear the memory, but I've never had to do that in the past. Now with Win 10 when I try to do a second cut I just get a random zig zag cut. This seems like a software issue to me, like the first cut didn't terminate it's communications with the cutter correctly so when the second cut starts, it's off in the weeds. Strange. Something else I've noticed, when I send a job to the cutter I get a prompt to confirm that I want to cut now. I never got such a prompt with Windows 7.
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    MH-871-MK2 Acting Up

    When you called did they do some troubleshooting with you to determine you needed a new carriage? The problem you are describing sounds more likely like a bad Z-chip on the mother board. Would hate for you to go through the hassle of changing the carriage if it's not going to solve your problem.
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    Contour cutting

    If the software supports it, any cutter can do contour cutting. It's just a question of it can do the alignment automatically or if you have to manually do it.
  9. What version of VinylMaster do you have? VM Pro can export to PDF.
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    Driver vs Comm protocol

    Just a bit of a rant, something that has bothered me for awhile on the forums. People keep using the term Driver incorrectly. A device driver allows the machine to talk to the Operating System of your computer. Drivers have to be installed and are rarely included in software such as VinylMaster, SignBlazer, etc. What you are selecting in those programs is the communication protocol, and any unique commands that the cutters use. So for example. If you are using the serial port of a cutter, you don't need a driver for your cutter. You need a driver for the serial port and the commands to control the cutter are determined by the cutter selection in your software.
  11. The backing paper doesn't break the blade tip, that happens from too much blade being exposed and too much force. Doesn't take much to break a tip, and it's not something you can usually see with the naked eye.
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    Installing art straight

    Greatly depends on what/where it's being installed. There's no generic answer. In some cases having a border or some sort of straight edge is very handy, others it draws attention if not lined up perfectly.
  13. Judging from that photo I would disagree. If the blade is set correctly it is impossible to cut into the backing paper as seen in your photo.
  14. Does this plotter have a specific spot for a pin or does it just go where the blade goes and it therefor over the cutting strip? If it is over the cutting strip, you may simply need to replace it. If you only use the cutter as a plotter and never use the blade you my consider replacing the cutting strip with something harder that won't deform over time.
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    Trouble uploading into Design Space

    Because it is not a vector image. Just because an image has an SVG, or EPS or another other vector file format does not mean the file is actually a vector.
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    JSI Cut 24 + Signblazer - looking for some insight

    Read Mz. Skeeter's post on setting blade depth. If you're able to cut through the paper you have too much blade exposed.
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    Chattering and no response

    Kind of sounds like you need a new motherboard. Does the head move using the onboard control panel?
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    JSI Cut 24 + Signblazer - looking for some insight

    Kind of sounds like you might have absolute positioning turned on and your design is not at the origin of the drawing space. You can use Inkscape if you like, there is a built in option to plot in the newer version, Under Extensions->Export->Plot
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    Template problems?

    That could be the problem right there. Drafting CAD programs don't usually play nice with vinyl cutters. Their curves are typically a series of short straight lines. They have been known to do other odd stuff that vinyl cutters don't handle well.
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    Loved it

    So sad that the last one is true. ha. First time I drove a stick I just jumped in and took off, no instructions of any kind. Only stick experience was video games. I just don't get how people don't know how to drive a manual. I can understand not being good at it right away, but anyone should be able to get one moving.
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    Any inputs please!!??

    My two concern with not taping is scratching it during install and flimsiness of untaped vinyl. If you have a good felt squeegee though the risk of scratching should be minimal. And If the design isn't too big working directly with vinyl shouldn't be too big a deal. Give it a try. Worst that can happen is you mess up the vinyl and you have to do it again.
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    windows 11 now on design computer

    I never upgrade OS unless forced to. sticking with Win 7 on my main computer till it dies. Hell up till just a few years ago I still had 95 running on a extra PC.
  23. Cutter drivers are only needed if you want to use the USB port which is not recommended anyway. Get a TrippLite Keyspan adapter and use the serial port.
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    SC2 contour cutting troubles

    Be sure you have your blade depth correct. Shouldn't matter what pressure you are running it if the blade depth is set correctly you will not cut the backing. MZ Skeeter has posted hundreds of times how to set the blade depth and I believe it's a sticky under Instructional Contributions.
  25. Have you check the blade? They do wear out after awhile.