I have an old bandit cnc mill level II that I have been using with a dedicated computer running dos. It communicates well with the dos computer. The settings are MODE com2:110,e,7,2,p and I can just COPY filename.tap com2. No issues.
I am trying to hook it up to a windows xp computer and run it through the command prompt (virtual dos) with no luck. The mode command in xp has a lot more handshaking options (baud,parity,databits,stopbits,xon/ xoff,cts handshaking,dsr handshaking,dtr circuit,rts circuit) and I can't find a combination that works. I have tried lots of combinations, but I think it should be (baud=110,parity=e,databits=7,stopbits=2,xon/xoff=off,cts handshaking=on,dsr handshaking=off,dtr circuit=off,rts circuit=on) I have tried a few programs that run in xp and are suppose to communicate through rs232 but they give me the error "DCE (bandit) is unavailable".
Does anybody have an insight into this problem or a solution? Does anybody know of a good resource? Has anybody made this work?
I know the bandit is an old machine, but it has done the job we ask it to do for many years and we haven't had a need to upgrade.
Thank you for your help. Lane