FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I install my 32 bit Nano?
How do I configure the 32 bit nano?
The 32 bit nano is configured exactly the same as the 8 bit nano except there are are a few extra settings that are pre-configured and you don't need to set those. Plug in your 8 bit nano and at a command console in your favorite gCode sending or control software and you need to type $$. This will display the settings of the 8 bit nano. Copy these to sticky notes or some sort of temporary text file. Install the 32bit nano you will simply go to a command console in your favorite gCode sending or control software and you need to type $$ again. Then you would compare the settings. The main ones are related the your specific machine like speed, acceperation, steps/mm, direction, max spindle speed (laser power), etc.. To set $30 (max spindle speed) to 1000, at the command console simply type $30=1000.
This is a great reference.
How do I configure the Jumpers
The jumpers for the Black-N-Blue are for boot configuration during development and do not need to be modified.
Default is the Reset Jumper is Open. The controller will not work with this jumper enabled.
One artifact of the 32bit is resetting. It is different for the 32 bit platform and typically only needed in special setup cases or when you hit an alarm.
Control Reset (If you hit an alarm such as a limit...)
With Eleksextra board:
Control+X does not work on the Black-N-Blue in the traditional 8 bit nano sense to perform a reset. Also the reset button on the is of no help. To reset the 32 bit nano if you get in an alarm state, it is done by disconnecting from the software host- in Lightburn you right click the "Devices" button. Then in the Console Window it will say "Connecting to port, waiting for response". At this point hit the "Stop" button of the Eleksextra. It will say "ok" in the Console and you can start again.
Right Click Devices (part of control reset sequence)
Without Eleksextra board:
Same as before- disconnecting from the software host- in Lightburn you right click the "Devices" button. Then in the Console Window it will say "Connecting to port, waiting for response". At this point use the Reset Jumper in the upper left of the Black-n-Blue and jump the 2 pins briefly. It will say "ok" in the Console and you can start again. This is less preferred method, not as clean as the momentary button on the Eleksextra, but will definitely reset the device.
Can I enable a relay for Air Assist/Ventalation at Start or a Buzzer at End of a job?
Will I need to install a driver for my PC?
95% of the time you just plug it in and make sure it comes up in device manager in windows. Most modern windows OS will automatically install a driver. I had one person indicate the he had to find a driver, he told me after the fact. Drivers just seem to not be a problem.
As a last resort, if the above fails, then download this Virtual Com Port Driver and it should work.
STM Virtual Port Driver
Do I need to flash firmware?
No, absolutely not. The Black-N-Blue 32 bit Nano has firmware pre-installed and pre-configured. A lot of time has been spent developing and verifiying the firmware is correct so that you don't have to worry about it.
STM devices require special tools and procedures to install without a bootloader. A bootloader could be installed on this platform, but to keep support issues at a minimum, I chose to get the firrmware correct before launching the producy instead of making people do the upgrade. Many people brick bootloaders trying update firmware and there is a 200 reply on Lightburn forum about Ortur firmware updates.
Why is the 32 bit Nano Black-N-Blue better than the Ortur 32 bit?
High quality components selection for the Black-N-Blue
TMC2208 and TMC2209's out of the box and with clipping MS1, MS2, MS3 pins TMC2100/2130's can be used.
Why do I need a 32 bit Nano? I'm happy with my 8 bit Nano.
Does the Black-N-Blue 32 bit Nano solve all of my problems?
You still need to do upgrades for optics, use a good small dot laser (not >3.5W) and good quality steppers, good stepper drivers, good belts properly adjusted, etc...
How to Configure Limit Switches
Plug in the 14pin ribbon cable between the EleksMana and Eleksextra. Wire up the limit switches to the Eleksextra. Then if you close a switch, an LED on the Eleksextra will light up. This means wiring is complete. Then move the motors far away from the switches and power off everything. Then set $21=1, $22=1. This enables the homing cycle. No perform a homing cycle $h at the console or hit the home button in Lightburn. If during homing, it moves in the correct direction for x and y you're done. If wrong direction for only x, set $23=1, if wrong direction for only y set $23=1, if fit starts homing in the wrong direction for both x AND y, set $23=3. Anytime it starts moving in the wrong direction you press the power button to turn off the EleksMana board and then pull the USB cable to completely reset it, set $23 as described and try again.