Eleksmaker A3 2500mw laser - won’t burn

I’ve recently moved my laser burner to a new computer and after trying multiple software I’m giving Lightburn a try (Benbox/Lasergrbl/EleksMaker all failed)…and I’m having one issue and that is it won’t power the laser enough to burn anything.

I flashed the Nano board with GRBL 1.1h (the latest on the site) and Lightburn sees the laser and it will move the laser head. However, I cannot seem to get it to burn. What I need to know is how to set the software to power the laser as needed. Can anyone point me to a YouTube video or other tutorial that will help?
$32 is already set to 1 (enable laser mode)
$30 is set to 1000
also, I made sure the settings are in mm/minute, not mm/sec

This is worth review: Common Grbl Setups - LightBurn Software Documentation