27 February 2015

Investigating/Fixing HP ILO2 Java Remote Console fails to start with Class Not Found remcons.class

TLDR; Just give me the new fix

This made things work for me when put together with "Stuff Everyone Has Already Done" down below. Uncheck Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2 in Java Control Panel, Advanced Tab:

Be sure and close all Firefox windows and restart the browser so that change takes effect.

Also, make sure and run the remote console twice (to the same ILO server) before you consider it not fixed. I'll explain that 2x run thing down below, but essentially on the first run, the remcons class jar file gets cached but NOT used and the next run it actually gets used.  For some reason it will only run "from cache", if that makes any sense. It's like old routers that could run from RAM vs run from FLASH, in this case run from CACHE :)

19 February 2015

Troubleshooting Tach stability with new VFD addition

I got my VFD added to the non-milling machine. The first thing I noticed was that it worked :)
The second thing I noticed was that my RPM readout was all over the place (800-2200 @1550RPM actual).

After alot of troubleshooting, it turned out to be my cheap "DVE" 12V power supply running the Arduino was entirely the problem. I discovered this after I tried a battery in place of the Arduino power supply.. and then tried another power supply.

Luckily I found it pretty quick but for people having trouble with their DIY tach sensor circuits and readings, keep my experience here in mind.

10 February 2015

VFD Addition to My non-Milling Machine

Since I have installed the tachometer on my TouchDRO setup, I have no choice but to convert my non-milling machine to variable RPM with a VFD (and as I found out, a 3-Phase replacement motor).

With the VFD you can get more than just speed control, reversing, jogging, ramping up/down, increased torque at low speed, blah, blah, blah. There are tons of video's and posts all over the internet of DIY projects using VFD's on various machines which taught me what little I know about them.


The Teco EV Series (similar to older FM50 series)has many examples of DIY usage on Youtube, so it was sort of the natural choice. I did look around and almost bought one of the new Weg CFW100 Series. Both had V/F and "Sensorless Vector" modes, digital inputs etc. but the configuration software looked a little more impressive on the CFW100 line.

In the end I found a good price on the Teco EV model I needed and decided to go for it. I also got the RS232 plugin and I'm hoping the RPM can be set via RS232 in any future CNC setup I do.


The VFD is designed to control a three phase motor. That's just how they work. There is such a thing as one that controls single phase motors, but they supposedly don't do much beyond speed-control. So I had to find a replacement for the existing single phase 1HP motor.

I found that I wanted an "inverter duty" motor which seems to primarily mean that it has a high temperature Insulation Class rating like "F". At low RPM the fan does not cool as well, so it's running hotter than it would at the rated RPM. There's also some magic done by the VFD to increase low speed torque(among other things) which makes it run hotter.

With the low duty-cycle manual drilling/milling operations I'll be performing I doubt it would heat up much. Although, if I ever get steppers installed and can run CNC operations it could stay on for longer periods.

Anyway, I picked out this Dayton 1HP 3PH motor. I get a large discount and no shipping cost on it so it's pretty much the cheapest 1HP 3PH I could find (other than well worn used ones).

It's all on order now, hopefully it will come in before this weekend.

07 February 2015

P410i firmware update from Centos on HP Proliant DL360 G6

As of this posting, as far as I can tell from digging through hp.com, if you want the latest v6.60 P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, or P812 Storage Controller firmware updater for Linux:

  1. It's only available for 64bit
  2. It's only works with the cciss driver.
  3. It's here CP023866.scexe
I got obsessed with updating a DL360 G6's P410i firmware before making a RAID array and installing Centos 7.

04 February 2015

TouchDRO setup completed

Well it took way way longer than I planned, but I finally completed the setup of Yuriy's awesome TouchDRO software and hardware on my non-milling machine..
Yes, it's a drill press and I know "you can't use a drill press as a mill". I already covered that here.