[Noisebridge-discuss] Flashforge issues

Phillip Pearson pp at myelin.nz
Mon May 2 23:18:58 UTC 2016

It's super picky about SD cards; I believe Sailfish has wider
compatibility, but the stock firmware requires pretty old cards AFAIK.
I talked to Miloh about updating to Sailfish some months ago and he
suggested a different firmware that I can't remember right now.

As for the foreground/background thing, you're doing it right with
ReplicatorG in the foreground.  It loses its connection regularly if I
run ReplicatorG in the background on my MacBook Pro, but it runs fine
in the foreground, and it runs fine as long as it's in the foreground
on the 'threed' machine.

I haven't been in for a month or so though, so I can't confirm with
recent results.  Anyone else tried using the Flashforge recently?


On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 9:18 PM, Adrian Kelly <ahalekelly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Tried it again today. Brought in an 8GB SD card, formatted it to a single
> 2GB FAT16 partition like the internet said. Imported some Slic3r gcode into
> ReplicatorG, exported an x3g file, and the printer said "SD Card Read
> Error." Tried again with a 1GB partition and no luck. Maybe I'll try a real
> 2GB SD card next, or slicing in ReplicatorG.
> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 11:17 PM, Adrian Kelly <ahalekelly at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yeah I left the ReplicatorG GUI window in the foreground, didn't open
>> anything else on that computer. Alt-Tabbing between windows didn't reconnect
>> like the wiki said it would. Should I have put the terminal window in the
>> foreground?
>> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 11:12 PM, Phillip Pearson <pp at myelin.co.nz> wrote:
>>> Did you have ReplicatorG in the foreground, or did you switch over to
>>> another app after kicking off the print? I find that it loses its serial
>>> connection if you have it in the background. My trick is to scp my stl or
>>> gcode files over to threed.local and run ReplicatorG in the foreground there
>>> (and turn off the display auto lock in the power saving settings while I'm
>>> at it).
>>> Cheers,
>>> Phil
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Apr 30, 2016, at 10:02 PM, Adrian Kelly <ahalekelly at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hey all,
>>> I spent a couple hours today trying to do my first print, and the serial
>>> connection to the printer kept disconnecting. I tried multiple cables,
>>> rebooted both the desktop computer and printer several times, and never made
>>> it through the first layer. It seemed to be getting worse, and by the end,
>>> it wouldn't even make it through preheat before the serial connection
>>> dropped. Does anyone know why this is happening? The wiki said it might be
>>> because other programs are using too much processing power, but ReplicatorG
>>> was the only program open. I'll be back tomorrow with an SD card and will
>>> try it that way.
>>> I was also reading about the Sailfish firmware and it sounds like it's a
>>> more reliable and better maintained firmware. The Makerbot firmware we're
>>> running now actually uses the Sailfish back end, forked in 2012, and
>>> Sailfish is fully compatible with all the same software as the Makerbot
>>> firmware. Are there any objections to switching?
>>> Adrian Kelly
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