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Old July 12th, 2012, 06:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Connecting Tajima TMFX-C904 to PC ?

I have a fairly old Tajima TMFX-C904 that has been playing up for ages with floppys not loading :-( I have got hold of a tajima serial/parallel cable (not sure which it is) from another local embroidery company so that I can try hooking it up to my PC for a direct connection, my question is how do I go about it ? do I have to find drivers for the Tajima online somewhere ? as how does the PC know where to send the files to !!! and what settings if any will need changing in my Tajima? This is all a bit confusing to say the least and I'm normally quite good with tecky stuff !!...

Please someone throw a little light on this headache for me

Thanks in advance guys and girls !!...
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Old July 13th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your tajima has the direct connect port. What software are you running in your computer?
You should be able to connect directly easily.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 05:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We use Letterpro & Maxiedit, neither of which have an export to machine function that I can see..

I'm wondering if theres any way of actually saving to machine direct from PC ?

or if theres someway of the Tajima being able to search a folder on the PC ?

any help would be appreciated guys
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Connecting Tajima TMFX-C904 to PC ?

Maybe remove the disd drive and replace it or use one of the usb converters:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110712393890...84.m1438.l2649

I did some exploratory surgery on my automat (barudan controller) and found the disk drive to be a standard floppy drive. I am going to replace it with the usb one above.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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DISCLAIMER: This may or may not work to transfer designs to tajima's via a serial connection!!!

No clue if this will actually work with your machine or not but similar settings work very well with Toyota embroidery machines so it's worth a shot.

Download and install Embroidery Fonts Plus: http://www.embroiderytools.com/free.htm

Configure your computer's COM port. To do this(assuming Windows XP), goto Windows "Start" --> "Control Panel" --> "System" --> "Hardware" --> "Device Manager" --> "Ports" --> "Communications Port (COMx) - where "x" is a number typically COM1, and then "Port Settings".

Bits per Second: 9600
Data Bits: 8
Parity: Odd
Stop Bits: 2
Flow Control: Hardware

Run EFP, goto "File" --> "Open" and choose the DST file you wish to load. It should open in a black box inside of EFP. Go back to "File" --> "Send to" --> "Tajima Emb. Machine" --> "Via communication port"

On the embroidery machine, enter the command to accept a file from the serial connection. Consult your operator's manual for the specific sequence to use to accept a file over a serial connection. Maybe use a 3 or 4 SET instead of the 5 SET used with floppy disks. Cross your fingers and hope the data transfers. After receiving the file, control will be returned to the operator and it's time to enter your needle sequence.

Hopefully that will work. If not, you're only out some time it takes to download, install, and configure some software.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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old tmfx machines have parallel port to load the designs.
you need an software( ex.Pulse Mosaic-you must use only windows 98) and an special parallel cable.
if you want to change fdd with usb drive you must ask if is possible to install machine software using this usb drive.
i know only one with this function made by Richpeace.
also you can buy from Hirsch TUL 01 for parallel connection(is an external usb reader)
but with an external device (reader or computer) is not possible to install machine software.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 08:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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dgeorge, thanks for your input.

I have sent Richpeace an email regarding theyre floppy simulator and am awaiting a reply...
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Old August 12th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you have all the details about this product(Richpeace) at www.plrelectronics.com
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Old August 12th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd try the $30 ebay option first... they are just floppy drives. This isn't rocket science as much as these companies would like you to believe it is.

Those same emulators go in musical keyboards and who is gonna spend $300 bucks on a $200 keyboard? So when they sell to that market the price it accordingly ($30 bucks) but when it's for a $5k-$15k embroidery machine then we "expect" to see prices like $300 bucks and we won't balk at that and assume they "know what they are talking about". But in reality it's the same thing as the $30 one. Supply and demand at it's finest.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i used Richpeace fdd emulators to install TMFX machine software(and is possible for all Tajima machines).
if you can do the same with an 30$ emulator is ok.
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