I am at my wits end with this machine. Problems started about a month ago. I would load my gcode (using easel to create code) zero the machine and start my project. I dont know how to explain this correctly but I will give it a try. Initially if I were cutting say a line on the Y axis, setting the zero at the lower left corner of the stock, it would travel up on the x axis and start the cut on the far left of the y axis. After making a few projects it started making the same cut but starting on the far right of the y axis and cutting to the left. Now it starts on the right but only travels half way, cuts to the left and the bit leaves the stock. Its seems like it is not zeroing properly. I did some research and decided the best thing was to update gbrl to .9 version. I downloaded xloader and tried to update. It always hangs and does not complete the update but when I start up the board it shows version 9 is loaded. My settings are as they originally. I tried using the arduino ide to clear the eeprom before updating and cant get the script to load. I have tried every combo of board and baud rate possible and no luck.
As you can tell I am not a real tech savy, I have created a few projects with arduino but I am no expert by any means. I am getting real frustrated with my Shapeoko. I just wish they would have told me when I bought it that using open source hardware really means you are on your own to troubleshoot. I have found tons of forums and info but I keep running into the problem that all the troubleshooting and instructions have the assumption of knowledge that I dont have. For example, I have found tons of data on settings for the shapeoko but not a single clear instruction that tells how to change the settings. Sorry for the rant but I am really frustrated. Making things was my hobby but for the last month my hobby has become trying to get my tools to work correctly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, at this point I would return my Shapeoko for a refund if that was possible.