Technical Q & A
For the most comprehensive information on PC settings, see the Windows Notes document, or see the notes towards the end of this guide.
Because ShopBot continuously streams information between the PC and the Control Box, Windows Operating System and other distractions are able to disrupt the smooth motion and operation of the tool and can cause communications problems.
Screen Savers: Disable
Power Save functions: Set these settings to "none" – otherwise, it may cause the computer to slow down in the middle of a cut. LAPTOPS: Powersave mode and will reduce power to the CPU, USB and serial ports, disrupting the connection to ShopBot. Only run ShopBot with plugged in laptop or disable these functions.
Windows Automatic Update: Turn Off. Windows can spend a lot of time checking and downloading the most recent Windows stuff from the web, which can disrupt the cutting file.
Antivirus software: Disable, or set up to check for updates only when first connected to the web.
Other Resource Consuming Software: Resource-consuming software should not be running while the ShopBot control software is open, but there is a lot of software that may be running that is not obvious. This would include any kind of program that occasionally goes to the web and checks for an update. It would also include any active mail monitoring or messaging software.
To be completely sure, disconnect or disable the internet connection while running the ShopBot software. Just closing the browser window does not disconnect the computer from the internet.
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