View Full Version : Suspect gecko G 203V problem

Mon 30 September 2013, 18:10
I am running a shopbot using Gecko drives i notice today one of my x drive
motors was not running.
after swaping x drive inputs connectors i got the motor to work.
both of my x drives are connected to J1 on my PMDX-122
the gecko drive in question has a yellow light on as the other Gecko drives.
i thought about a blown fuse. but would the yellow light be on if the fuse is blown?
any help would be appreciated.
thanks paul

Mon 30 September 2013, 21:31
I can attest to the fact that a blown fuse there will be no LEDs lit.
PMDX board are really well made so I would that low on the problem list.
Get an Ohm meter and check for broken connections. I would like to add something to the forum.

If we got use IPADs to communicate it may help to resolve some of these issues. It would be nice to meet some of the forum members.

Tue 01 October 2013, 06:37
Not being a child of the computer age so I am not sure what an IPAD is.
Skype might be a better way to meet fellow MechMaters on line.

Tue 01 October 2013, 18:01
I checked the Gecko G203v manual and it states that at yellow light status the motor is turning fast enough to generate maximum possible power. Power is equivalent to torque times RPM. At Yellow status the motor is running at optimum. Still sounds like a loose connection.

Tue 01 October 2013, 18:04

I agree Skype is another good option. Apple IPAD also has video.

Thu 03 October 2013, 10:19

Does the motor "lock up" when power is applied? A properly working drive properly connected to the motor will "lock up" the shaft when power is applied.

Do you get a green light with the motor at standstill? The yellow light on my G203v drives only comes on when the drive is connected to a motor and the motor is running at optimum speed.

Is there any possibility that you have terminal 7 on that drive connected to +5VDC? That terminal is the "disable" terminal. I always connect that terminal to ground to insure that it doesn't "float".

(iPhones and iPad have FaceTime, which is similar to Skype. Using either method would allow people to video conference. An additional benefit with a hand-held device would be that the camera could be pointed at the problem so that remote diagnostics could be performed.)