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NXT clicking brick syndrome

I have reviewed the other questions as well as I can and I am not seeing what is wrong with my NXT brick. Purchased second hand. Turned it on, seemed fine then started exhibiting dead brick/clicking ...
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How can I restore a .lms file created on Mindstorms Inventor to another device?

I have Mindstorms Inventor. I have been able to send my .lms files to my computer as backup. Now I would like to be able to load those programs on another device. How can I accomplish this?
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LEGO EV3 Brick Type Data File not found

So this morning, I was going to build something with my EV3 kit, when I turned on the brick, the brick said 'Type data File not found'. Then I plugged in my touch sensor and all the motors in their ...
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MINDSTORMS 51515 exporting code

I have created a MOC that I am going to put on Rebrickable. But the code is so complex I can’t do what I normally do and take a screen shot of the code and they replicate it. Does anyone know how if ...
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What is the max current for the LEGO EV3 motors (pin 1-2)?

The LEGO EV3 Hardware developer kit says that the first and second pin of output port provides a current of max of 700 mA with 1 A but the motors appendixes don't have the maximum current that can I (...
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How can I use the LEGO distance and color sensor from Power Up with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3?

I am asking how I can use the distance and color sensor from the LEGO Power Up series with my LEGO Mindstorms EV3. I know that they have different plugs but I am wondering if there is a solution to ...
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Connecting EV3 with older motors using conversion cable

I'd like to use an EV3 brick to power an old 9V motor (74569). To do so I'm going to get one of these conversion cables (x1676) but I'm not 100% sure if it's possible to control the speed of the motor ...
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Any build instructions for vertical Technic/Lego conveyor belts?

I'm trying to figure out how to continuously lift a stream of incoming pieces up vertically, at least 10cm. This is my first real custom build attempt, so I'm very much at a loss on how to go about it....
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Where can one find the documentation for the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor software?

Is the documentation (either official or unofficial) of the programming "language" for the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor software available somewhere? Preferably online, without requiring ...
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Robot Inventor 51515 - PIN request when connecting via Bluetooth

Just received the item 51515 Managed to connect the Mindstorms controller via Bluetooth from mobile without any problems. Great! Next step, connect from PC. When I connect from my Windows machine I ...
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How do the Infrared Towers work?

I've seen a few Mindstorms "infrared transmission towers" listed on Brick Owl, Bricklink and other sites. However, I cannot find any good documentation that how they work, how they are used ...
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Who designed EV3RSTORM?

I wonder, who designed EV3RSTORM? I have searched on Google but no results.
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Data logging with a custom sensor like Pixy2 camera

I am trying to use data logging functionality in EV3 LabView using Pixy2 camera, but I get this error when I click on download and run … Unable to compile some documents for deployment: Experiment....
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Where do I find the program to go with the LEGO 51515?

I got a LEGO Mindstorms 51515, and I have finished building my 1st robot, and now would like to program it. However, I cannot find any companion program to use. Where can I install the companion ...
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Why does Pybricks on ev3dev have slow performance compared to EV3-G?

I got MINDSTORMS EV3 for my son and me. We installed Python (ev3dev) and ii seems to be running very slowly. I tried setting up the classic LEGO ev3g (block code), and that seems to run fine. Are we ...
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Is there any cross compatibility between 51515 and 31313?

I'm thinking of buying another Mindstorms set, and I already have a 31313. I don't want to spend $370 just to learn they are completely incapable of communicating with each other, so if you could tell ...
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Are there any existing (or upcoming) aftermarket PoweredUp hubs?

I bought the Mindstorms v4 / advanced hub (in set 51515). It's a good set, and the Hub has some great features - notably a rechargeable battery, the ability to run "live" off of USB power, ...
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How do I erase all old programs using the new scratch type Education software?

I have 24 Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks that have old programs and the bricks are named. I want to erase them so they can be used for new students. In the older Mindstorms software I would just reinstall ...
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Mindstorms EV3 - Continuous low battery alarm

My son is facing an issue with his Mindstorms EV3. Every time he turns it on a low battery alarm is displayed and it shut downs. This happens regardless of the batteries, we have tried 12 different ...
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Old RCX Wires Have Become Grey and Brittle

I have a LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System 2.0 (3804) that I acquired back in 2003 (17 years ago), and the wires have become grey and brittle. The wires used to be black and smooth, and ...
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Strange blocks appeared in my program

In my Mindstorms program, I found these strange blocks. They appeared when I sent this program to my other PC on Windows 10, which is more powerful. They don't work and I can't change them. Mindstorms ...
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Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 brick is not working

Recently, I tried to get my old NXT 2.0 brick fixed. Everything seemed to point to the clicking brick problem, but it turns out not to be the only thing, the brick was also getting hot. After ...
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Distance Learning Mindstorms web-based software

I am a Technology education teacher from NJ and I use Lego Mindstorms for my 8th-grade robotics class. Since we are doing distance learning (teaching from home) my students have not been able to ...
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Mindstorms NXT NXC RemoteStopProgram fails compilation

I have two NXT bricks connected and they work together using Bluetooth, sending messages between the two works. The master NXT will start a program on the slave NXT with the RemoteStartProgram ...
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How to get Lego Mindstorms EV3 expansion set (45560) programmes in Scratch

I bought recently Mindstorms EV3 expansion set (45560) and found out that the available programs are written in old LabView-style programming language: https://le-www-live-s.legocdn.com/sc/media/files/...
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Given program for EV3 Race Car doesn't work, but why?

I have successfully built an EV3 Race Car with instructions from a fan-made book made by Laurens Valk. In the book, he tells how to make my blocks for the rack-and-pinion steering and how to make a ...
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Lego Mindstorms EV3 software being detected as Ransomware [closed]

While I was programming my EV3 robot on my Windows 10, the Lego Mindstorms software immediately closed, and then Bitdefender Antivirus said that it was some sort of Ransomware. It was Bitdefender that ...
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Lego Mindstorms Software: "Error code: 4"

After updating my EV3 Brick's firmware from V1.09E to V1.10E and reinstalling the Teacher Edition of the Lego Mindstorms EV3 software (even though I'm not a teacher), I decided to recover my Brick's ...
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Current LEGO Digital Designer download is missing a lot of parts [duplicate]

The current LDD download is missing a lot of bricks that were in version 1.3.11 before. Such as, but not limited to: EV3 motors, sensors and the main EV3 brick. Does anyone have a solution/download ...
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EV3 program runs fine when connected to PC but does not respond when copied to the brick

I am building the race car mentioned in the LEGO Mindstorms discovery book using an EV3 brick. The problem I am facing is that the driving program runs fine when the brick is connected to the PC via ...
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Is the LEGO Mindstorms Education (not Home, not Scratch based) Edition for Mac OS gone?

I am starting a robotics and programming club with some 9-12 year olds and for the past week I have been developing activities using my Windows version of LEGO Mindstorms (the education / teacher ...
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My Mindstorms Spik3r can't turn around

When I use the button for turning it just goes backwards. Why does this happen? I've checked the instructions and didn't find anything.
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EV3 software with large blocks

I can't seem to find a download for home or education version of EV3 software that has the large white blocks for either macos 10.13 or 10.15 on my imac. Can someone help? I currently have that ...
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How to restart/reset a program automatically after stop block

I have a program that uses the colour sensor to progress that program. The colours are in a certain order. If the wrong colour is detected, the program stops. I want to restart the program from the ...
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EV3 color sensor strangeness

I've run across something very strange with my color sensor when using multiple sensors and multiple nested loops for a sumobot. I have 4 separate loops continuously monitoring the "optical", "...
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How to make Spik3r move without the pincers moving

How do you make Spik3r move without the pincers moving as well? Seems like the legs are only controlled by the motor on port B, but the move tank and steer modules only allow for the use of 2 ports. ...
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Missing parts in a Lego Mindstorms box [duplicate]

Could it be that there are parts missing in a LEGO box? I've a new set of LEGO Mindstorms (reference number 31313) and I'm missing the parts 4499858 4211805 Where could I get them?
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Chromebook Lego Mindstorms EV3 trouble

I want to make a crane in LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and I've already downloaded the software but as you can see below some coding pieces here are not in the Chromebook version. Should I download the ...
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What is the use of a single ultrasonic signal?

The EV3 ultrasonic sensor has an advanced mode that includes an option to use single or continuous sensing as described in the Help page: You can choose whether the sensor sends a single ultrasonic ...
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Advanced mode in EV3 ultrasonic sensor

The EV3 Ultrasonic Sensor has an “Advanced mode" which measures either in centimeters or in inches. When exactly do you use this mode? Why doesn’t the sensor send just a single ultrasonic signal?
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Could Microsoft MakeCode be an alternative to the EV3 program?

Is it possible to use Microsoft MakeCode for the EV3 as an alternative to the widely used EV3 program by LEGO? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
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Where do I get PDF instructions for LEGO builds that were only in software, like NXT as of 2019?

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) stored almost all of its build instructions in the associated software. LEGO no longer supports the software for modern macOS versions. I can not find build instructions ...
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Does LEGO no longer support NXT 2.0 at all?

I am running Mac OS X 10.15 (Catalina) and the EV3 software can't detect my NXT 2.0 using USB.
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How to import file to Mindstorm Programmer?

I got a Mindstorm set a year ago and I stumbled across a build which looked really cool! I finished the building part then I downloaded the program file but I couldn’t import it. I have a MacBook ...
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BricxCC not seeing Serial Tower in Windows 10

Same problem with both the native 9-pin serial port and with a USB to 9-pin Serial adapter. Using Lego's original cable. Start BricxCC Version 3.3 (Build 3.3.8.10). It asks for the connection ...
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T-R3X the look My Block problems [duplicate]

OK I am making the look My block for the T-R3X program but there is this block which don't know how to make at the end of the diagram in the book.
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What does this error symbol on the EV3 mean?

I get this error image pop up when I power on my EV3. What does it mean? Also, is there a list of different error codes anywhere, I looked in the User Manual and I could not see anything. Cheers!
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Has LEGO ever been used in an assembly line or a manufacturing process?

With LEGO Technic and LEGO Mindstorms becoming ever more sophisticated, I wonder if it has ever been used in a real commercial setting to automate parts of an assembly line or manufacturing / research ...
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Is there a way to restart a program with EV3?

I've got a program with a code lock, and I would like the program to restart when you enter the incorrect code. Does anyone know of a way to do that?
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How to make a point coordinate system for EV3

I'm trying to make a internal coordinate system for an EV3 Python project I'm doing, but at a complete loss on how to do it. It needs to keep track of how it moves (with wheels) in an X, Y coordinate ...

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