Picked a P-Cut up on Saturday and been happily chopping graphics out for most of the weekend. Works fine, no issues setting it up however I can see where many may struggle as it's not exactly plug and play!
Here's the how to guide to setting up a PCut on Win2K/XP/Vista:
1. Plug the cutter into the PC, install whatever driver it came with to get the USB/Serial adapter working.
2. Navigate to Device Manager and disable Com2 (right click, disable) if already present.
3. Double click the USB Com Port and set as follows:
Bits Per Second: 9600
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: Hardware
Click Advanced, set as follows:
Com Port Number: Com2
USB Transfer Sizes: Receive = 4096, Transmit = 4096
Latency Times = 1MS
Minimum Read/Write Time Out = 0MS
Serial Enumerator = Ticked
Serial Printer = Ticked
Cancel If Power On = Ticked
Event On Surprise Removal = Ticked
Set RTS On Close = Ticked
Click OK and OK again.
Close Device Manager
4. Open what ever cutting software you wish to use and set it up as follows:
Cutter = Creation PCut CT630
Serial Port/Com Port = Com2
Com Port Speed = 9600
Flow Control = Hardware
5. Check the port speed on the cutter is set to 9600.
Job done - it'll work no problem.
Took me about 30 mins to set it up and have it working including digging an old PC out to drive it and building the stand.
Hopefully this'll help anyone else out who's stuck in the future. Have to say for anything less than industrial use I can't see anyone needing much more than a PCut - I've cut about 40m of 320mm now in a day and a bit and it's not even flinched. Even does the intricate bit around the shoe on the Good Year logo without a problem on a 150mm wide graphic.