Apologies. I’ve been working in the IT world quite a bit. From IT security to software development. There was a break in the clouds so I knocked this out real quick.
Another bit of news, I am integrating various options for PiDash by AB in an all-in-one piece of software I’m writing. It’ll make it easier for the End User to accomplish various tasks in a neat package. Screenshot of “PiDash by AB Updater”. Its actually an old pic. I’ve added more buttons for features it will be doing. The display will show other information also. So take this more of a proof of concept since it will look different.
Update to the site: I’ve removed instructions on how to speed up PiDash. Seems as though some people want to use my work and sell it. They can figure it out on their own.
It was time to go with an LS with forged internals so we can start shooting for big HP numbers! H-Squared Racing in Houston built this for me. Based on a 5.3 LS block, K1 crank, Eagle Rods, Wiseco pistons, custom ground cam, Johnson lifters, Ferrea valves. All the good stuff inside.
H-Squared Racing Engines in Houston Texas is building my forged LS which will run on E85. Looking to make over 1000hp. Will switch up my intake, bigger injectors and then this 88mm Turbo from a local shop called Smeding Diesel in Boerne!
My current 6.0 LS runs fine, it just has stock internals. I had this one built to test out my Camaro and to shake out any bugs before the Billy Badass engine goes in.
The new LS should be done next month. K1 Crank, Eagle 4340 Rods, Wiseco pistons, custom grind cam, Johnson lifters, billet timing chain, stainless steel valves etc.
If you have an old Rottler F-65 CNC and still have your original installation software and/or hard drive, I provide a data recovery service and custom PC replacement to get your system back up and running.
Please go to my Contact Me page to send me an email. We can discuss what I will need from your system. Before ANY work is completed I will let you know if I can recover your data. There is NO CHARGE if I cannot recover data.
I was tasked with bringing this Rottler F-65 running an Actek PC back to life. The software is no longer available and the Actek PC is super old. The hard drive went out along with the PSU and bad memory. I was able to fix the Actek computer but the hard drive was shot.
What I ended up doing was writing some custom software to pull data off of the original 3.5″ floppy disks. I was able to pull off the “Rottler” install and the “FlexCAM/FlexCNC” install. The “Shutdown” software I wasnt able to fully recover but from what I saw, it wasnt needed.
In addition to software recovery I built a small industrial PC, installed Windows 10 and a USB to Serial cable. Had to make sure the settings were correct on the Rottler software side and the PC side. Worked out well!
I’m an IT guy by profession. I’ve taken on standard jobs like network configuration, server builds, website builds, securing servers and websites, software support, written custom software for SuperFlo machines, fixed engine dynos etc.
Well a buddy of mine works at a speed shop which does pretty much everything from turbos to high-end engine builds. Their Rottler F-65 CNC had taken a turn for the worst. Not sure how long it had been down, weeks, months, not sure. The problem with the machine wasn’t that it was time to replace it but that it was running an old PC with Windows 98 along with Rottler’s software. They had installation software but they were on floppy disks and in bad shape. The hard drive was bad, couldnt recover any data from it. Rottler MFG did not have a copy of the install software, so pucker factor was high since I had to recover data. I decided to take a crack at it. 🙂
I was able to repair the Actek computer it comes with. Power supply was bad, memory was bad, along with being very dirty. The problem here is that I’d have to Frankenstein it. Power supply no longer available, so it would need to be external. Hard drive is IDE, I could swap it to Compact Flash but then I’d still end up with a machine that runs Windows 98 and if I’m lucky, it’ll keep running for a few years. If it goes bad? Cant find parts.
I wrote some software to help me pull data off of the floppy disks. I was able to recover the Rottler and FlexCAM floppys and about 50-60% of Shutdown. Shutdown doesnt look like its needed so I didnt care.
Next test was run it on a VM in VirtualBox in Windows 98. Works fine. Ok, lets test on my spare laptop running Windows 7. Worked! Took it to the client’s shop, hooked up my laptop with a USB to Serial adapter cable and here we go! Pic of it not working below, the internals of the Actek computer and then of it communicating with the F-65 and working on my spare laptop.
I’ll build an industrial mini-pc and transfer Windows 7 along with the Rottler software on it. Then we’ll run a block thru.
Its been a few months since I had any PiDash update. Car has been down for some maintenance during that timeframe so I havent had a chance to mess with PiDash *in the car*. I did make a change. Bought a new Pi4 and updated it to boot off of USB. I now have two Pi4’s. One has the standard SD boot and the other, USB. I will copy over my configuration and test to see which is faster. Updates soon!