SCAL 2 and Cricut Expression

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kmdimmer86
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SCAL 2 and Cricut Expression

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I have had SCAL 2 and my Expression since February of 2011 and never had any issues with the program running very slow. I tried to use it to cut out vinyl for a wedding favor and it was going very slow. I updated the SCAL 2 software, I changed the cord to the Expression, updated the driver and restarted my computer and it still goes very slow. I then tried to cut out a basic shape and still it was at snail’s pace cutting. I made sure the setting on the SCAL 2 program was set at cutting speed high and still it was very slow. The program also opens slowly. Could it be my computer? That is 2 years old as well and I know computer’s start to bog down after a while. The Expression itself will cut very fast when not hooked up through the program.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

HeatherM
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Re: SCAL 2 and Cricut Expression

Post by HeatherM »

It really sounds like you need to do some computer maintenance. If you have too many nodes the speed will slow down, but that doesn't sound like the problem here.

talanhart
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Re: SCAL 2 and Cricut Expression

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My Gateway laptop is 5 years old and it hasn't slowed down my cutting on my E as far as I can tell. When the window pops up, does it still say that you are cutting with an Expression or did it default back to one of the smaller machines?
Todd

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Re: SCAL 2 and Cricut Expression

Post by HeatherM »

Hi Todd! Yep, my laptop is about 5 years old, and the cutting speed is the same as always.

Kmdimmer86, I assume that you are running Windows. I would check for malware. Also, make sure that Windows has all of the updates (if you haven't updated in a while, it might take several runs through the updates, because MS doesn't streamline the process). Another thing to check is dust, especially on laptops. I use canned air to clean the fan through the vents on a regular basis (of course, I need to more often because my cat thinks that the laptop is his own personal chin scratcher/heat source).

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