I bought a MAXNC 15 (Open Loop) machine on ebay a couple of weeks ago.
When it arrived, the computer that came with it wouldn't start.The
seller was quite helpful but didn't have a good idea for what to do
about the computer.
I tried to get the computer repaired but it was so old, parts were't
available for it. I tried to buy as new machine but the MAXNC requires
the computer be running the DOS operating system.
I couldn't buy DOS from either the PC store or Microsoft. I called the
MAXNC people but all they wanted to do was sell me another mill (which
includes a computer).
What do I do now to get the MAXNC going?
A few choices:
1. Buy an old Win95/98 machine on eBay and boot in DOS mode.
2. Make and existing NT/XP/2000 machine dual boot with with FreeDOS
(www.freedos.org) or OpenDOS (http://www.deltasoft.com/download.html ).
3. Use MACH2/3 (www.artofcnc.ca) on an XP machine and scrap the MAXNC
On 17 Jul 2006 08:13:57 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
============================Have you tried booting the "Windows" computer in the DOS mode?
Generally hitting the F<unction>8 at the boot up screen will let
you select the DOS mode. This is a better option in that it
will let you use windows based cnc programs such as editors on
the same machine.
You can also try starting the "DOS" box [look for a program
called cmd.exe in the system32 sub-directory] while in windows.
Not all programs will run in the DOS box because of "illegal
system calls" which the newer versions of Windows does not allow,
but were frequently used by the older DOS programs to enhance
If this doesn't, work find someone that has a copy of the DOS
install disks and install it on your "new" computer. (Will most
likely write over the Windows o/s currently installed.)
Let us know how you make out.
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I helped a guy set up his new maxnc 15 last week. Supposidly, you can get it
to work with xp. We tried, and couldn't, so we called them. They basically
said too bad. So, we went to the local used computer store, and bought a
cheap machine running dos 6. From there, we didn't have too many problems.
Just curious but how did you load the MAXNC program into XP?
There is a compatibility wizard in XP that allows you to load and run
older windows programs under their older settings. I have used it and
it has worked every time.
Compatibility Wizard is located in the Accessories Folder in the Start
To locate the Compatibility Wizard, from your desktop
--> All Programs
--> Program Compatibility Wizard
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Tom..is he simply needing a copy of Dos? Which version? Im sure Ive got
6.11 kicking around somewhere.
Also Caldera Open Dos is available free, last time I looked. Omniturn
uses it in their cnc lathes as they dont have to pay rights to M$.
Its been 100% with everything Ive ever run it on. In fact..Ive got an
old 386 laptop running on it. Runs all the MS stuff just hunky.
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I've decided to find a used machine. I have a copy of Win 95 that came
with a long-departed computer and just ordered MS-DOS 6.21 from an ebay
While I like the idea of Mach-3, it is too expensive given the amount
of money I've spent on the stuff I already have.
Gary (Original Poster)
You may experience some timing problems when running MAXNC software on
anything other than some version of DOS.
MACH2/3 is the only program I know of which effectively gets around the
the timing problems with XP.
I wasn't aware of that wizard. Maxnc actually provided a program that was
supposed to be xp compatible. We tried double clicking it, then unloaded it
and accessed it through the run command. Each time, the program would start,
but locked up before we could jog the machine. At first we thought we had
copied the files wrong. Maxnc in their wisdom supplies the software on a 3
1/2" floppy, so we had to transfer that to a usb drive. :(
After reading Pierre's response to your post I am not confident the
compatibility wizard would work for you in this particular instance.
The XP Compatibility Wizard is something nice to know and very useful
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