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Installing K40 Whisperer And Inkscape

A Primer To Setting Up K40 Whisperer & Inkscape

If you found this article you likely already know that K40 Whisperer is an awesome replacement control software for the M2 Nano controllers found in most K40’s and a host of other units.

Overview

Scorchworks did a phenomenal job on their software and the support documentation is stellar as well so  I am going to simply highlight some important info and help you avoid some common errors for a smooth setup.

We are going to determine if you need x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit) applications, download the correct K40 Whisperer and Inkscape versions, install them, load the correct USB drivers, and verify communication with the laser controller.

This guide will not delve into all of the functions and settings of the software because  the official site already has it all.

Disclaimer

Though this article does give information on installation, the developer’s official documentation always supersedes all information contained herein and should always be referenced first.

Important Notes

  • K40 Whisperer  has dependencies on Inkscape for generating raster previews
  • The versions are important to the necessary interaction between them
  • Inkscape must be installed even if you do not intend to design in it
  • The files on K40 Whisperer’s  downloads page have the oldest on top
  • Make sure the laser  is connected via USB before installing the USB driver
  • Make sure the laser  is powered up before installing the USB driver

Your Windows OS

There are  x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit)  versions of the software you  are going to install so you need to verify this on your PC. There are various methods for finding out  if your PC is 32bit or 64bit.  You can find some of those HERE. I am going to show how to determine it regardless of OS version and explain a setting that may need to be checked later.

GO to your C Drive (C:) and look for 2 folders:

C:\Program Files

and

C:\Program Files (x86)


If you do NOT have a “Program Files (x86)” folder, its 32 Bit.

If you have BOTH then you have a 64 Bit architecture.


The “Program Files (x86)” folder is where 32 bit applications get installed on a 64 bit PC.
The 64 bit applications install in the  “Program Files” folder on a 64 bit PC.

This is important for a few reasons. For instance, if you download the  64 bit version of K40 Whisperer  and the 32 bit version of Inkscape then you break the installation. To fix that you could go into the K40 Whisperer settings and define the path to the inkscape folder correctly but the proper way is to uninstall the 32 bit and reinstall a 64 bit version.

THIS IS THE POINT WHERE YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THE OFFICIAL SETUP INSTRUCTIONS FOUND HERE

I will loosely follow   along below  but the important stuff has been covered.

Download K40 Whisperer

Here are the links  to the official pages You really should take some time and go through the links and the documentation but, at the end of the day, click the download link below:

Home
Background
Features
Supported Controller Boards
Changes
Download
Documentation
Related Links

Download  Inkscape

Here are the links  to the official pages You really should take some time and go through the links and the documentation but, at the end of the day, click the download link below:

Home
About
Features
Forums
Learn
Download
Documentation

Install K40 Whisperer

Here is the link to official Setup Documentation:

Be sure you PRECISELY follow the directions for the driver install

Install Inkscape

You can find the installer on the  download page. You want to choose the MSI package that corresponds to your PC architecture . Installing should be an easy step-by-step (next-next-finish) process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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