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Need help with AeroTech Unidex 511 Motion Controller

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Received one Unidex 511 4 axis controller from university surplus. Controller is in nice condition but no software CD. Seems it is for Windows NT/95. Anyone here have that collecting dust? Thanks and regards.
 
Received one Unidex 511 4 axis controller from university surplus. Controller is in nice condition but no software CD. Seems it is for Windows NT/95. Anyone here have that collecting dust? Thanks and regards.

Partially answer my own question. Contacted Aerotech and no result. Though their Unidex 511 Manual is useful. It listed out all the commands for communicate with the controller, including how to download and upload files. It will be nice to have their software for those auto tune features, but those basic commands are enough to make it useful.

For people interested about their manual: U511
 
I used their U500 pci boards quite a bit. They ported the same DSP control to the U511. Did you ever find the Windows software utilities for it? What are you using it for?
 
I just bought 2 of them, cheap, and a lot of (5) DS16020 DC servo modules for them. Impressive construction - like '80's Hewlett Packard test gear. I sold my Centroid 5-axis All-In-1 sim motion, and am going back to these. They will do 4+1 nicely.
 
I'll be exploring the manufacturing mode shell, the UART port on the i386 and the MSDOS it is running, cloning the flash drive chips, and J-Tagging the DSP, FPGA and logic chips on the board. One of my u511's has the u11 clone software installed, so I have to port the other unit's u511 software onto it. The firmware, system, and parameter files must be backed up. With the Intel iSBX port's direct access to the DSP bus and all the existing expansion i/o ports, there are a lot of possibilities for customization.
 
I managed to get into the i386 DOS shell and inspect drives A, B, and the commands offered for both my U511's, as well as the Bios embedded debugger. Getting rid of the U11 emulator system that is on one of them should be easy enough.
 

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My EEPROM/FLASH reader/programmer arrives this week. I did A LOT of hex machine code (6502) programming back in the day. With that and some C, I'm excited to see what I can get these two boxes to do on Windows 10.
 








 
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