Provides Subtractive and Additive Machining Solutions
Some folks have had success running vista, windows 7 etc
I have no experience running the above operating systems, I love xp
Some folks prefer to use usb with windows 7 and later
I prefer the tried and true method of data transfer the good old parallel port paired with the stable xp os platform you’re going to have a system with minimum issues
No processes going on in the background
Before your mill arrives you may want to set up your computer
I recommend a dedicated computer with Microsoft XP OS
Ebay has an amazing array of used desktop computers
P4 and Core 2 Duo works well
You can buy computers shipped for $80 to $100 on ebay
Mach3 Minimum Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP Operating System
Non-integrated Video Card with 32MB RAM
Basic Computer Skills (ability to copy/rename files, browse directories, etc)
I prefer to use a 2.4ghz socket 478 p4 processor and separate video card.
These chips run very cool so you don’t hear a constant fan noise.
Used socket 478 P4 chips are cheap and readily available so you can build your own system.
Other processors such as Celeron or AMD work fine. I just like the p4 processor.
The newer dual and quad core chips can give you trouble. Mach 3 most likely does not need powerful processors used for gaming etc.
So save your money for accessories.
Mach 3 software is used to control the machine through the computer via pulses which are sent through the parallel port.
You cannot use a parallel port to usb connector it will not work.
I like to call mach 3 control software, it is the brains behind the operation.
The manual for mach 3 is geared towards a variety of users and is quite comprehensive and not a quick read.