Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

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mesnik
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Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:08 pm

Hi there again,

I am currently running Marlin 1.1.8 on an Anet 1.0, one extruder (Stock for all electronics).

I am upgrading (or sidegrading!) to an MKS GEN 1.4 with TMC2130 and graphics LCD.

Is this a good Marlin Firmware to start with?
https://github.com/watterott/SilentStep ... r/software

Or this one?
https://github.com/makertum/Marlin


Also, do we need cooling fins as shown on this page?
https://hackaday.com/2016/09/30/3d-prin ... the-gears/

Thanks a lot for the help!

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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by slippyr4 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:31 am

Your first link isn't a 3d printer firmware, but some test code to demonstrate that the silentstepsticks work with arduino.

The second one I'm not sure what it's for, but you don't need it.

The marlin you want is the real, standard marlin: http://marlinfw.org/meta/download/

which has direct support for TMC2130 in it.
Self-built Prusa i3 MK2 clone
My things: https://www.thingiverse.com/slippyr4/designs
My Prusa firmware port for ramps & MKS : https://github.com/slippyr4/Prusa-Firmware

mesnik
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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:53 pm

Cool! That is what I am currently running.

So after tinkering around and looking at plenty youtube videos (I think you have some as well, no?), and tried few different firmwares, I am back at my original and tweaking it.

My plan to switch from Anet 1.0 to MKS is:

1) I am right now working on getting the MKS GEN 1.4 work with the RepRap Discount full graphics... I have nothing else connected to the board.
2) I will hook up the drivers TMC2130s and make sure I get movements
3) Connect the rest.


For getting the MKS and the LCD tweaked, I thought I only needed to choose the correct motherboard (33), comment and uncomment the correct LCD and add U8glib to the library, right? So far I only get a nice blue screen with a lighter blue frame around it... Wonder if it is because nothing is hooked up to the board?

I "think" I installed the U8glib but when I go look in the Library Manager, I don't see it there... shouldn't it be there?


LOL Good thing I have patience...

chumm
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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by chumm » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:22 pm

Yeah should look like this:
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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:32 pm

:P

Yep, don't look like that... crap...


WAIT!! Found the booger!!!!!

Cool!!!

Thanks.

I got the splicer cable for the two Zs done. Driver should be here this afternoon...

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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:27 pm

Do you think this is the way the drivers go? I couldn't find a picture or what the pins mean... would it burn out if I turn on reversed?
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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:50 pm

Again I found my own answer... found a video that showed the 2100... I already reversed the drivers and fired all up! Well, no real fire, so that's a plus.

I have heat going to bed and extruder, got both fans and that's about it.

Now I have to figure out how to make the TMCs work and the LCD!

Maybe you can shed someone can shed some light over this way!?

Thanks!!!

chumm
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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by chumm » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:36 pm

After getting the library installed the LCD is still not working?

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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by mesnik » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:43 pm

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No.

I found on youtube a guy saying you had to add this command, which I did, but also nothing...
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I have cut off the connector index tabs and tried them in all different ways and combination. The best I get is this:
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I have also played with the contrast pot, and nothing comes up...

One more thing: Is it normal for the LCD to light up when printer is off and you connect the board to the USB on the laptop? It wasn't like that with the original Anet setup..

Thanks!!!

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Re: Marlin with: MKS GEN 1.4 + TMC2130

Post by chumm » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:38 am

Yeah, the LCD and board gets powered by the USB cable when it's connected even if the power supply is turned off.

I'm using the same board and LCD, so just to confirm, here's my marlin settings:

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