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We haven’t quite finished the update for the new version yet, but there is a workaround that you might prefer to use. In Inkscape preferences, under Tools > Text, unselect the “Use SVG 2 auto-flowed text” option. This will revert Inkscape to use the prior syntax for new flowed text blocks that you create.
The PRG thing is interesting. That could be a side-effect of the greater problem you are seeing (the excess errors being returned), and it could the root cause — if the PRG button were malfunctioning, that could also potentially cause some issues.
As a test, with the EggBot plugged into both power and USB, try pressing both the RST and PRG buttons at the same time. Then, release RST first and then release PRG. If both buttons are working correctly, that should put the EBB into a “bootloader” mode where it flashes red and green lights back and forth rhytmically. (Press RST again to exit this mode.)
Does that appear to work?
Try the manual install for Windows.
Can you please check the EBB firmware version? You can do this in EggBot Control by selecting the Manual tab, and then selecting “Check EBB Version” and clicking Apply.
Great; that’s progress. I’d suggest tinkering with the apt-get method instead, so that you’ll have the best chance of avoiding further permissions issues.
I imagine that’s Inkscape 0.92, which runs with python 2.7. It’s likely using a different python on your system, if you’re getting that message.
If you want to run that version of Inkscape, you’ll need to use an older release of the AxiDraw software that supports it. (The current AxiDraw software requires Inkscape 1.0 or newer.) You can find Linux install instructions for 0.92 on an old version of our wiki page:
(Remove the current AxiDraw software first.)
Alternately, hand-modify your Inkscape preferences file to use that version of python 3.7 that you have on your computer:
Make sure that you’re in dialout and have logged out and back in, and then yes, try the apt method.
Can you please let me know:
* Which operating system this is on
* Which version of Inkscape
* How you installed the EggBot software– was it bundled with AxiDraw, for example?
This is very strange indeed. I would expect _nothing_ to be working when you get error messages like those.
Ignoring the error messages is safe, but let me look into some other things and make a next recommendation.
If that test was with the cable still unplugged, then this does seem like a power supply issue then; I’d recommend to replace the power supply.
That warning does not prevent you from doing anything – it just reports that a low voltage was detected.
Can you please check to see whether XY motion works with the servo cable unplugged?
Moving _once_ when power is plugged in, but not buzzing, does not suggest a problem, with this version of the controller board.
Can you please clarify why it is that you cannot get past the warning? It’s a warning message, not an error, and does not prevent anything else from working. If it’s just bothering you so much that you cannot get past it, then let’s temporarily disable that warning, so that you can move along. Otherwise, just ignore it for the moment.
You are correct that there are no directions in the user guide for connecting or replacing the pen-lift motor.
The “first two steps” are connecting the cable and installing the pen clip. That is why the directions there are for how to connect the cable and install the pen clip.
*That* may actually be the problem. The white plastic arm is driven by the pen-lift servo motor, and it should not start moving when the machine is first plugged in. The pen-lift servo motor is a component that wears out over time, and buzzing when the machine first turns on may indicate that it is not working correctly. When it fails, it can sometimes draw excessive current, producing a low-voltage warning.
I would recommend to follow along with the AxiDraw User Guide for the general steps towards making your first plot, including testing to see if the pen lifts up and down correctly, and if it can make a plot correctly. If it does not move in XY when you try to make a plot, then try disconnecting the servo cable, and see if that makes a difference.
You say that “the stepper motor starts moving”, but can you please tell me if the XY movement of the machine is working correctly?
It is possible that the power supply is indeed producing a low voltage — if that is the case, then the power supply may indeed be failing (In your other message, you indicated that this is an older unit, and power supplies do sometimes fail), but then we would expect that the stepper motors are not moving correctly.
If the XY motion is working correctly, then it seems like the voltage sensor is not working correctly. If so, there is a hidden setting to disable the check, which will suppress the warning message. Please let me know what the situation is, and we’ll go from there.
The USB lamp should go on and off when you have communication; this is normal.
Does the 3.3 V lamp stay on when you have _only_ the USB connector plugged in (not power) and wiggle the cable back and forth?
And, I presume that the machine is not moving, is that correct?