work for the Lego Project:
the Lego session on 1st October, please ....
Install the LEGO software from disc.
sure there are batteries in the RCX brick.
prompted during the install process (not before, as this can cause problems),
insert the IR tower into the USB port.
the IR port on the RCX brick at the IR tower.
the instructions to 'download firmware' to the RCX brick. What this does is transfer
software from the computer onto the brick itself that it needs in order to run
your programmes. You will know the software is transferring as the display on
the brick will appear to be counting upwards. It will bleep when done - takes
about five minutes. You will know if it has completed sucessfully as the display
will now show some zeros and a little man on the right!!
this process is best done away from bright light, TVs and mobile phones...
- This process
will have to be repeated every time you change the batteries in the brick.....so
don't take them out until they run down.....
you do not get a prompt in the install process to download firmware, click on
Settings and then on Hardware Setup, and follow the instructions.
you start the software, you will be prompted to enter a user name. The software
will then suggest that you go into Missions and then do the Training
Missions. Do not do this unless you have a lot of time to
spare - the tutorials are excellent, but once you start the tutorial sequence,
its difficult to get out without entering a whole new user name, and the tutorials
are quite long.
your programming will be in the Programme>Freestyle part of the software.
2. Build the robot in the manual as per the instructions on pages 4-16. Make sure
you also have made the extra assembly for the light and touch sensors.
you have a laptop, please bring it to the session along with your own laptop.
points to stress strongly:
NOT plug in the USB tower until you are prompted to do so, as this can cause
system problems later.
Please, Please ...do complete the install process, download the firmware
to the brick, and have the robot built BEFORE you come to the session.
If we have to start installing firmware on the day we will waste hours. This has
caused problems in the past.
- XP users please note....
when installing the software you plug in the tower on Windows XP machines, the
computer freezes. If this happens....Shut down Mindstorms. Go to
the following web address...(copy and paste into the URL line of your browser
or just click here)
Click OK to download the software patch which will address the problem.
Install the patch then restart Lego and try again - It should work fine then....
If you have problems installing the software, contact your tutor and try and sort
them out before the Lego onsite day if at all possible.
Ignore the section
below (in grey) if your robot is working. I've left the links here just in case
anyone is having difficulties which have not been sorted out already. These worked
for the January 2005 onsite but may be out of date by now (September 2005). AMH