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I'm running 6 NXT robots in an introductory class.

Occasionally we've had bricks that would not accept a program and I've reset the brick by pushing the reset button under the battery pack as well as pushing the button under the USB port, experiencing the blank screen and "click..."

Re installing the firmware usually gets them going again. I have one brick that when cleared and reset will accept a download, but when the program is run, port B drives the motor at full speed, and nothing else happens.

I have reset the brick many times, and the problem still exists. I sent a query to LEGO and got a computer generated response that there would be contact in 1-2 days.... nothing after a week, Sent the same query again and got tho same auto response.... still no real contact (after 4 days)

I'm looking for suggestions.

  • "click, click ..." is a sign the firmware has gone bad or has never been installed. So replacing the firmware is the only option. "Port B motor drives at full speed." Does anything else work? LCD panel visible? Can you download programs? Any chance the Port B wiring connection has crossed up wires? If the LCD panel is visible, there are a set of menu options to View the Rotation sensor on Port B. Does that change when the Port B motor is turned by hand? – dfrevert Dec 6 '13 at 19:24
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    Receiving no response from the customer service seems unusal as these guys usually have an excellent track record of helping customers. You may want to try calling them directly using the free number for your country. Let them know that you never received a response to your two queries, this may give them the chance to fix what went wrong there. – Joubarc Jan 16 '14 at 8:21
  • I managed to recover a 'clicking' NXT brick using a PC with windows XP and Lego Mindstorm NXT v2.0 just by clicking on Update NXT Firmware . – user4133 Nov 3 '14 at 21:29
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I just got an e-mail from LEGO that was the real fix:

  1. Make sure the NXT brick is unplugged from the computer and take the battery or batteries out.

  2. On the fourth battery holder down from the top, there is a black rubber button. Using a paper clip, please press down and hold this black rubber button for at least 20 seconds.

  3. Put the batteries back in and then press the orange button. If the brick makes a clicking noise, this is a good thing.

  4. There is a silver button on the top right connector peg hole on the back (there are 6 on the top and 6 on the bottom). Using the paper clip, please hold this silver button down for at least 20 seconds.

  5. If the brick is clicking, please plug it into the computer and open up the NXT software. Go to 'Tools' then choose 'Update NXT Firmware,' then proceed the update the NXT firmware. If you get the error "Cannot Locate," then please go through the following steps:

  6. With the brick plugged in and clicking, go to your computers device manager. To do so you can search your computer and type in device manager and hit enter.

  7. In the device manager, find the 'Ports (Com & LPT) and click to expand this. You should see something that says 'Bossa' which you will right click and choose 'Update Driver Software.'
  8. In the next window, choose 'Browse my computer for driver software.'
  9. In the following window, choose 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.'
  10. Choose the options that says 'NXT' or 'LEGO NXT' (one of the options will say something along those lines) and click 'Next."
  11. Once the update is complete, please open the NXT software and try running the firmware update again. Please note that the NXT brick needs to be clicking the entire time as there is a timeout function on the NXT brick which turns the brick off after a certain amount of time. If the brick is clicking, you know it is on
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Since you tried reuploading the firwmare without success, it sounds like the brick is indeed defective. You were right to contact the customer service in that case as they should be able to replace it; however it's not normal that they didn't contact you back. You may want to call them directly (you can find the number on the service web page) and let them know that your online queries went unanswered.

Alternatively, if you got Education kits (which seems likely since it's for a class), you may want to contact your reseller first and let them know aoub the issue.

The only other possible thing I could imagine going wrong is that the firmware file is corrupted somehow - this would be consistent with the brick accepting it for download, but then failing to run properly. If you have another brick, you may want to try to send the same firmware to it and see if the problem happens too. Then of course you'd need to make sure you download the latest firmware and try that one - I woudl say it's worth a shot anyway (you could also redownload and compare with your existing file if you want to check it's corrupted or not).

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I think the solution suggested at http://www.thenxtstep.com/2006/06/clicking-brick-syndrome.html will help you.

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  • Rex implied he tried that multiple times already – Joubarc Jan 16 '14 at 8:28
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    Also we prefer longer answers to links to other posts. If you could summarise the solution and link back that would be appreciated. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Feb 10 '14 at 7:43

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