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Nagesh Chintada <[log in to unmask]>
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Yeah, noticed that badly behaved robots can make the whole team very sad.

Not sure if this helps, but I noticed most issues with such behavior is
caused by one of 2 problems
1. Battery is running out. This makes for most unexpected behaviors. So,
make sure you have it charged before you retry.
2. The robot has some obstacle in the way of its run. Either the wheels
don't have good clearance, or there is something loose, or a loose object is
interfering. Make sure to check the robot upside down and press the pieces
together so everything is in place and is balanced. ( see Jin's notes about
center of gravity today).

Cheers,
Nagesh


On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'm sorry Sherene.  I don't have any answers, just to say that our robot is
> doing weird things at times too.  Like we will run a certain program and
> then it just starts skipping steps that are in the program, for seemingly no
> reason.  It will do that three or four times, then suddenly start working
> again.  I have no idea.  We are getting it to work most of the time though.
>  It sounds like what you are going through is really frustrating!  I would
> encourage you to not pull the plug on your team competing though.  That
> seems unfair to them with all their hard work.  The robot game is only 25%
> of their total score.  They will still be able to talk to the judges about
> their robot design and programming, even if their robot does nothing on the
> actual table.  And they will give their presentation, and show their
> teamwork!  Good luck, and I hope someone can answer here!
>
> Sonya in Harrisonburg
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Sherene Silverberg <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> We're having a huge problem with our robot.
>>
>> the programs are not downloading from the computer to the brick properly.
>>   Despite the message on the computer saying it the program has uploaded, it
>> is hit or miss if it does.
>>
>> We're running firmware version 1.28 on Mac OS 10.5.8.
>>
>> I've done the Mac OS 10.5 firmware fix as indicated here
>> http://mindstorms.lego.com/support/updates/.
>>
>> The programs never run the same way twice. It's like the NXT brick has  a
>> life of its own.  We deleted all the programs on the brick and then
>> downloaded just one of the programs.  When we ran the program, it bore no
>> resemblance to the one we uploaded.  Rather, it looked like another one on
>> the computer that goes by a different name.
>>
>> I thought to try to reset the brick but for the life of me I cannot find
>> any reset button.  Apparently "The hardware reset button is located
>> within the LEGO TECHNIC hole below the USB connector on the NXT brick.".
>>
>> For the life of me, I cannot find this hole.
>>
>> If I can't find a solution ASAP, I am going to pull the plug on the team
>> competing.   We cannot waste any more hours trying to fix buggy Lego
>> equipment.
>>
>> Can anyone help me?  I'm at the end of my tether.
>>
>> thanks
>>
>> Sherene
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