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Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]>
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Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:05:00 -0500
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Ok, so it's not entirely dead. That's the (sort of) good news.
&qid=1383187673&sr=8-1&keywords=lego+ev3 looks like they're available. It
says "arrival Friday", but Amazon often beats their estimates. Same price as
on the LEGO site, btw-given the time constraints, I'd go with Amazon (plus
their returns are painless). 


Such timing, eh? Well, at least it isn't Friday evening.!


Hey, Toys R Us in Potomac Run claims to have one in stock:

TOYS R US - STERLING [8364]: Distance from your location: 7 miles



They open at 9 tomorrow. $50 premium over list, though.


Ah HAH! Found one at Barnes and Noble at Tysons Corner. $349.95. I talked to
a lady who laid hands on it, and has it on hold under my name ("Phil
Smith"). She isn't sure how long they'll hold it without a credit card, but
they open at 10 tomorrow morning. Phone is 703-506-2937; even if you can't
make it in then, if you call and give them a credit card they'd hold it.


The store at Clarendon also allegedly has them in stock; it's too late to
call now, they just closed, but:

 <> Barnes & Noble
Clarendon Market Commons

Clarendon Market Commons
2800 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22201

Store Hours:
Sun 9-9,
Mon-Sat 9-10 


Hope this helps!



From: Jeff Beima [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:17 PM
To: Phil Smith III
Cc: [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: [VADCFLL-L] EV3 screen not functioning


I love your question!  You're right, I really don't know.  I've reset before
so I'm pretty sure I got it.  When it finishes the series of beeps, it is
done with the first step and when it gives the startup tune, it is done with
the second step.

Everything but the screen seems to be functioning normally.  It can still
run programs from the buttons (need a good memory for this too!).  It can
still download run programs via USB.  Unfortunately, my memory's not good
enough to get through the Bluetooth menus to enable connection to the

I'm afraid to reload firmware.  I believe it will delete all downloaded
programs and the known Bluetooth connections.  Sounds painful!

I didn't think EV3 robots were available because they were back ordered
until mid-November.  But worth a try.

Thanks for the response!


On Oct 30, 2013 9:59 PM, "Phil Smith III" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Disclaimer: I've never touched an EV3. So these are general hardware
troubleshooting suggestions.


Dumb question, but: if the screen is already blank, how do you know that you
pressed back-center-left long enough?


Does the EV3 do anything? I.e., are there programs on it that can be run? Or
perhaps you've convinced yourself that you've reset it because it no longer
does so? Did it function *at all* once it started misbehaving?


Can you reload firmware? Again, I've never touched on, so I don't know what
that entails.


Just brain (mind?) storming.


Amazon is still open: assuming they're available, you might order one
overnighted. Worst case, you're out $3.99 for overnight + return shipping,
but with the tournament fast approaching, it would be a cheap investment as
insurance. (or maybe you can buy one locally, I don't know; I wouldn't wait
to find out, though, myself).


Phil Smith III


Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)

Team 1900 (2002)

Team 2497 (2003)

Team 2355 (2004)

Team 1945 (2005)


From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jeff Beima
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:44 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] EV3 screen not functioning


The screen on my team's EV3 is not functioning at all - completely blank.
Tried power cycling, removing battery, and resetting (per User Guide: press
back-center-left until screen goes blank, release back until "Starting",
release center-left).  Mindstorms customer service is closed but my kids are
still awake!  

Anybody have any ideas?

Jeff Beima
Coach, Terra-Techno Tigers, FLL #9403


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