OmniTurn Technical Support - Himts and Tips Pages
Disk Failure/Disk Not Found /Disk Errors
When turning on the control after its been off for a while, over a holiday etc, on an older floppy disk based machine, you may get an error code that indicates the computer can't find a floppy disk or you have had a disk drive failure. This may indicate that the rechargable CMOS battery on the motherboard is going bad. Reboot the machine, and as it comes back up, press and hold the DEL key. This brings up the CMOS menu.
Press Escape, tab over to the choice marked: SAVE and EXIT. Hit0000000000 return. The machine will save that information and try loading the operating system from the A: drive.
If the computer is turned on for at least 8 hours, it should recharge that CMOS battery, but if it is failing, it may discharge or not charge at all. The solution is to have your service tech replace that battery, or do it yourself. On the older controls, this requires that you disassemble the control, remove the mother board, unsolder the old battery, and solder in a new one. Newer controls use a large non-rechargeable "watch battery" that is simply slipped out and the new one slipped in. You will then of course, have to go back and re-add the floppy disks in the CMOS menu.
If the disk still can not be read, the disk itself may be damaged, or in rare cases, the drive may have failed.
If the system does boot up with your backup system disk, you must retouch your tools, as the offset tables are stored on the OmniTurn System disk and are gone. Failure to touch off your tools WILL result in a crash and broken tools.
We STRONGLY recommend that you make regular backups of your System and Program disks. Or be able to go to our website to down load new system disks as needed OmniTurn Software
Be sure to determine what type of machine you have, before downloading the software. Caxis software will not work in a 5hp machine or visa versa. Older machines that use the 2axis interp card will not run with any software designed for the MC-2 controller card.
Make a separate directory on your computers harddrive and download the proper software to that directory. Place a new floppy disk in you’re A: drive, and after the software is downloaded, use Explorer to run that program. It will make the new floppy into a working system disk.
Tools MUST be touched off again, as there will be NO offsets saved. Failure to do this will result in a crash and broken tools.