I am following the wiring as shown on the link above, using the BLTouch port on the board (see picture above with board version). (NOTE: I have seen other sites using part of that port and the z-port for the black and white. That requires other build switches, but this site shows using all the pins on the BLTouch port on the board which I am doing. I have checked about 5 times to verify all pins are wired correctly. I have an original BLTouch (v 3.1) and the wire colors are even the same. See board version picture above this BLTouch end:
I have the z-switch disconnected at the switch.
When I turn on the printer, the BLTouch goes through 2x down/up routine while red (with a blue dot) and then stays in the configuration with probe up.
If I select on the screen to have it “auto home”, it will move up (z) about 10 mm, then home to the limit switches on the x and y and move to the center. But then it moves up 10 mm and goes through an down/up routine again (red glow with blue dot) and then switch to blue glow with a blue dot (or maybe glow from blue dot led) and probe down. Sometimes it will then repeat this (minus the move up to start) and then just sit at the blue dot, probe down and do nothing. IT NEVER MOVES DOWN. NOTHING NOTED ON SCREEN, BACK TO MENU.
If I choose to “Level” from the main menu, it does something similar but on the screen it says “Home Z First”.
I tried that first.
I have also tried to “load defaults” “save configuration” (says it save it). Turned off printer, back on, and tried all of this again with same results.
So if it deploys for the self-test on power on, but not when told to deploy from the menu / g-code, then the 3 signal wires are incorrect.
Make sure if you didn’t buy the thing from Creality that the wiring is correct - as there are a couple of swapped pins in the cable from the stock AntLabs one. This can cause all sorts of problems with the mainboard, and even kill it.
My mistake, I don’t think I was clear. The probe deploys and turns blue. It is down. I have a pict linked in my original post.
The entire print head / gantry won’t go down. It never moves down to probe the bed, even if I move the z-offset to -10 mm, won’t move. It only goes up with the BLTouch installed. It will move up 10 mm if I try to home. I can do the home multiple times and it goes up. But, if I switch the FW back to non-BLTouch FW and reconnect the z-endstop switch, it will go up and down, home fine including the Z using all 3 switches.