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Started printing last week using my almost 3-year old, still printing awesome "Da Vinci 1.0" but hit a brick wall with the larger files (engine block, head) failing to load using XYZ Ware. After failing with multiple retries (even replacing the USB cable did not help), decided to load the SD card directly with the gcode. Found this neat utility here by Tai: https://github.com/tai/decrypt-xyz3w. Generated the 3w file using XYZ and used the above utility to convert (basically, decode the base64 file) to gcode.

Cut open a hole in printer using Dremel and used a SD card extension cable. Then copied the gcode file in the SD card and renamed it to "SAMPLE01.gcode". Selecting to print the "Demo" sample print, got everything working.

Almost completed 50+ hours of printing and ordered some parts on eBay. Will post once I finish the project, perhaps in the next few weeks.

(Hope the above comment is useful for others facing difficulty using Da Vinci 1.0. I was surprised there is no record on the internet about 1.0 failing to load large STL files).