Wanhao/Monoprice Y-carriage and heatbed upgrade

Wanhao/Monoprice Y-carriage and heatbed upgrade

So I made the jump and upgraded a bunch of shit. I did it for smoother bottom first layer prints (because of the glass) and hopefully no more curling issues. I upgraded to the “Anycubic Ultrabase 3D Printer Platform with Aluminum 12V/24V Dual Power MK3 Heatbed” and while I was at it I upgraded to the Gulfcoast Robotics Y-axis carriage too, as I have read it is wise to do both at the same time and the stock bed plate is usually warped from posts I come across constantly. In fact I went a step further and bought new 40mm and 80mm Noctua fans for the printer too! Happy upgrade day!

I am going to use the 40mm to replace the stock 40mm extruder cooling fan and the 80mm to replace the control box fan(s). I printed a new backplate for the printer. I dug through Thingiverse for a bit and chose one that looked like it had a following and worked well. After printing it I realized I should have maybe dug a little more, it was not easy to install. In fact I didn’t install all of the screws back on because I cannot get an allen wrench in there to do it. But it does the job, and man are those Noctua fans fucking quiet!! If it is sitting idle I cannot tell it is on, it is in my living room. I hear if you upgrade to TMC2130 drivers (with a RAMPS board) then it is this quiet while printing too. Damn!.

I decided to write this up real quick because when I searched for relative content I found shit on it. Searches for Anycubic turns up their printers, so searching for the bed/covering/plate was a pain in the ass. All I found was this. I ended up figuring it out as it’s not that hard but if i was able to read something on it first I probably would have saved my ass about 3-4 hours of head scratching.

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The Leap of Faith

The Leap of Faith

I am doing some work for a client that involves migrating a bunch of their old websites from one server to a new one. The old hosting/design company hasn’t been helpful or very professional at all. They’ve got a stick up their ass apparently, pissed off they lost business I guess. Have caused us some delays and a few issues. Anyways, I have to SSH into the servers no cPanel or anything of the sort, no phpMyadmin, they rock it old school. So I tarballed the site and download it. After doing the SQL and tarball dance I went to access the site and was presented with a bunch of depreciation errors. The errors were coming from wp-settings.php. Depreciated calls. The old servers were also using mySQL v5.3. Get with the times man.

The errors I were getting was  Parse error: syntax error, unexpected new (T_NEW) .

I did some Google-Fu and found this site http://codecaveme.de/blog/en/php-7-and-wordpress-how-to-fix-unexpected-new-t_new-error/. I had to go through and take out all the  &  in the code calls. After doing that the blog loaded.

WordPress v2! Holy WTF!? Why are they still operating on WP2??? Well the server they were on was also old as bones, Ubuntu 10. Great hosting company eh? After logging in to the admin section I was presented with a super super old admin interface. I should have taken a screenshot, damn it. So being that it was WP2 I decided fuck this, I am going to try to upgrade.

I went and clicked the WordPress upgrade button and bam! It worked. Holy shit. There were no problems. I did not however update any of the plugins or themes in use. I was not willing to risk that. I’m sure that would break something. So far all functionality of the site is fine, everything seems to work ok. I’ll comment back if something does go wrong or pop up. But for now upgrading from WP 2.8.4 to 4.8.1 is pretty straight forward. Who’da thought?

Oh, I also had to change the PHP version from 7 to 5.5, shit just wouldn’t run. I have not tried moving it back to PHP 7 since the upgrade.