I’m comfortable working in Linux thanks to many years of RPi experience, and running my in-home Linux servers. I’m perfectly ready to move to Klipper IF it works for my printer.
But given the wild west nature of 3D printers and manufacturers’ claims at this stage, I’m not prepared to forge into unknown territory without a backup plan. As you say, since Creality does not explicitly say they support my printer, I can expect no help from them if things go into the ditch. And I’d read about Creality’s Klipper being forked and therefore off the beaten path of the general community, which always raises flags for me.
Which is why I’m trying to cover my bases before I commit. As you say, those who poke around with Klipper get stuck and end up having problems restoring their printer to its original operation. That’s why you always need a backup plan for when something goes south. As it often does.
I use my 3D printers as tools to support other hobbies and interests, not to become a hobby in themselves. When I want to print something, I’m not interested in spending a day fixing or trouble-shooting the machine or its software before I can get started. If you’re saying that Klipper is going to need constant care and attention just to keep it going, then its not what I want.
Thanks for “find the latest version of firmware for your printer from Creality” - yeah, I get that. But go ahead - search for “Creality CR-10 Max firmware download” online. Its no surprise that (sponsored) links to Creality are top-of-search results, but those links only offer the newest firmware for their current printers - nothing (that I can find) for the old CR-10 Max.
In fact when I did that search, five links down from the top, I found a TinyMachines3D link that offers firmware for my printer … albeit not the OEM firmware, but their particular flavour. And even then - it turns out TM3D’s offering is called a firmware UPDATE, and there are lots of pre-conditions to the update being installed successfully. So how do I know their offering is what I need, without risking a test install first?
And that’s my point - if I want the Creality OEM firmware back for whatever reason, how do I download it prior to a Klipper install, or where do I go to get it otherwise? Apparently, not Creality (at least based on my unsuccessful hunt for it there). If you know where I could find it if needed, I’d be grateful if you could enlighten me.
Thanks for that course link - I’ve been watching Mr Law’s 3d printer videos since I got my first printer back in 2019, but I wasn’t aware of this particular one. I’d previously researched using a RPi as part of a Klipper install, but found it confusing and full of trap doors, and discounted it. Michael makes a pretty good case for going with a RPi4 instead of SP, in a decently detailed and illustrated step-by-step manner.
I noticed he made mention mid-way through the vids of saving the Marlin configuration in case you want to reload it, but it was a brief note and I’ll have to watch that segment a couple more times to get everything he said (closed captioning would be nice here).
Appreciate the detailed response. It gives me another data point or two to consider.