Z-Axis End Stop Behaving Erratically
I am using a Printrbot SImple v2. with Repetier-Host v.95F on Ubuntu 13.10. While I found it difficult to find up-to-date configuration information, I eventually had success printing a 5mm Calibration Cube by following settings recommend in this tutorial- http://joshondesign.com/p/books/simplegu.... Initially my X-Y-z axis home settings functioned as stated in the linked tutorial and manual control responded in both R-H and on OctoPrint. But after about a week, things started going wrong. The problems began when the printer stopped responding after loading a file in OctoPrint. Then the the manual control for the Z-Axis stopped working. I took it off OctoPrint and connected directly to Repetier-Host and I noticed it would lower the Z-Axis until triggering the end stop, but remained stuck in triggered mode. When attempting to load a file the Z-Axis would lower as if there were no end stop at all.
I have tried reloading repetier-host, and have checked and rechecked the connections. If I turn on the printer without the end stop triggered it will respond as usual, but as soon as I try to home again it gets stuck in triggered mode and remains unresponsive. Is this a problem with Repetier-Host? Is there another G-Code editor that I can use with Ubuntu 13.10? I can try Pronterface, though the only software supported in the package manager is Repsnapper.
I looked into reflashing the firmware but the process didn't look nearly as simple on Linux as I thought it would be.
Is this a good question?