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NXT Programming not working

I recently got back into NXT stuff (keep in mind I have a NXT 1.0). My screen was broken, but I got it fixed. The software works, but I think the programming doesn't. I tried to make the motor move ...
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Mindstorms Chromebook app Stuck in Zoomed-Out Position

We are using the LEGO Mindstorms app on Chromebooks. Our test program got zoomed-out to the point of being too small to read. The remainder of the screen is normal sized. We've tried using 2 fingers ...
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Is it possible to fix a broken EV3 Port?

I have an EV3 running RobotC version 4.55. The medium motor connected to Port A does not run, but if I connect it to another port (B,C,or D) it works. I tested it manually through the EV3 motor tab ...
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Send variable to EV3 via WiFi

I'm trying to connect my EV3 via Wifi to my Unity game. Is there a simple way to send a command to the EV3? I gave the EV3 a fixed IP and I'm getting the broadcast which the device is sending. So ...
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Teleoperated arm trouble

I have built a robotic arm with the lego Mindstorms ev3. My goal is to control its motion via teleoperation, that is , to have a gyro sensor strapped onto my arm and have the robot mimick the up and ...
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How can I find the analog output of a color sensor?

Could anyone provide me with an image of the voltage output of an NXT or EV3 colorsensor. I would like to have the analog output if it's possible, and not the digital output.
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RCX + java + usb-to-serial

I am trying to get an old RCX working with leJOS. I already have it working with NQC and BricxCC. While NCQ/BricxCC seems to recognize my usb-to-serial (which appears as "COM5" to the OS), the leJOS ...
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Scan objects while moving?

I'm using leJOS with an NXT robot. I want to scan the distances of objects from my robot. While rotating the Ultrasonic sensor from right to left, I would like to find out which object is closest to ...
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LEGO turing machine using Rascal

I followed the instructions on LEGO Turing Machine and succeeded to build it. Next I've tried and failed to program it using NXT Mindstorm GUI. The site mentions a Rascal framework, but it doesn't ...
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Are NXT Light sensors compatible with EV3?

I would like to use the NXT light sensors with my EV3 brick. I don't have enough light sensors as I need 2 for each robot (per set) and it only comes with one. However, I have a lot of NXT sensors. ...
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How can I use multiple switch options in Lego Mindstorms EV3 software?

What I see is just a simple if/then/else. What I am looking for is to be able to add multiple options, more than yes/no. I use a motor as a switcher, so I rotate it to some position and measure its ...
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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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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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What is the minimum required set of parts for Mindstorms?

I'm interested in trying a second-hand Mindstorms kit, but can't afford the full kit. It doesn't need to be the latest version, either. If compatible with my computer, RCX would do. Is it possible to ...
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What is a color sensor and where do you get it?

I have an NXT but I don’t know how to make it detect colors, all it does is say “wait”. My set includes a light sensor but I heard some YouTube videos say there was a lego “color” sensor. Does LEGO ...
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Could not open serial port or USB device, RCX on Linux

I am trying to use my old RCX 2.0 set on Linux (Xubuntu). The problem is that when I try to download the (official) firmware into the RCX via the command: nqc -Susb:/dev/usb/legousbtower1 -firmware ./...
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LEGO Mindstorms Motor Power

I am working on a project with a LEGO Mindstorms (RCX) motor. For this project, all I need is to spin a motor (43362, http://www.philohome.com/motors/motor.htm). I was wondering how the LEGO ...
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LEGO Mindstorms NXT projects

I have a LEGO Mindstorms NXT set and since I bought it I almost never used it. Sometimes I think I could do something interesting with it, but I usually either feel like just copying a previous made ...
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What exactly does each Mindstorms part do?

It's been a few years since I've bought a Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 which comes with the Technic style pieces. There's beams, axles, rods, connectors... but the majority of the times when I'm building ...
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EV3 brick Bluetooth connection error

I’m unable to pair the ev3 brick to our iPad mini. Both see each other but I keep getting this error on the ipad, Connection Unsuccessful, make sure ev3 is turned on and in range. And the ev3 shows a ...
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Resources to learn useful common Mindstorms mechanical construction patterns

I'm currently working on building a small scale CNC-like (X-Z, no Y axis) machine to cut glass mosaic tiles. I decided to give it a go using my EV3 set and I'm having some trouble with the Z-axis ...
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NXT or EV3 gyro sensor

Do NXTs or EV3s have gyro sensors or built-in gyro sensors? How can I know the direction of the robot?
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Mindstorms, black orphaned data wires

I've just copied a loop element, which had a data wire going into it. The internal wires (from the old external data wire) are now black, and I cannot delete them, or re-link them to a new external ...
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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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Two motors are driven forward, why are they rotating in different directions?

I have the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Pack and built a simple car with 3 wheels. The back wheels are motorized. When I run the following code: Motor.A.backward(); Motor.D.Backward(); both motors are ...
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Does the Mindstorms RCX Input Ports have a Pull-Down Resistor?

Sorry for the strange question. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the internals of the RCX mindstorms brick. Specifically, does it have a pull-down resistor (if no sensor is connected, ...
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Are there LEGO Hygrometer sensors?

Currently, there are light, ultrasonic, touch and sound Mindstorms sensors, but is there a hygrometer sensor from LEGO?
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Control two Lego NXTs with an Arduino

I'm new here and also very noob with the Arduino. I have a basic knowledge in Java and some more in C# so code isn't a problem. I can learn it easily. I have a project assigned. I would like to know ...
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Did all the nxt 2.0 lego content vanish from the Lego website?

I keep finding links to pictures and projects that evidently used to be on an nxt content site at lego. Is all of that information just gone? A site called nxtasy also seems to have vanished. Are ...
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Bluetooth pairing successful in OSX but Mindstorms NXT software still can't connect

I'm using OS X Mountain Lion. I've installed the Mindstorms NXT software successfully using the NXT Script.rb script from Lego's web site, which is supposed to tweak the install so that it is ...
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What is the difference between nxtG and nxt 2.0?

I'm familiar with NXT 1.0 and 2.0 but I've also seen reference (program samples, etc.) to NXT G. What's the difference?
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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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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 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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Connecting 2 NXT bricks in order to control motors and sensors from one brick

Is it possible to connect two bricks using a cable (connecting port 4 to port 4) , and then have both programs run by only pressing one button? I want the sensors attached to one brick affect the ...
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Which of the LEGO Mindstorms 9797 (NXT Education base set) Software is compatible with Windows 10

I have LEGO Mindstorms NXT 9797 and downloaded the following Windows PC Versions: NXT Edu 2.1F6 PC App ---Education Version NXT Ret 2.0F5 PC App ---Home Version Which one of these are compatible ...
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Differences between EV3 Gyro and Hitechnic Gyro

I understand that the Hitechnic Gyro was made for NXT but are there any advantages of using it over the normal lego gyro in EV3??
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EV3 Error and VM Program Instruction Break

I'm making a program which is very complex and large but it does not contain any Arrays in it. Weird thing is, last night it worked fine but today when I downloaded the exactly same thing into the EV3 ...
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Programming The Lego Mindstorms T-Rex from EV3 Laboratory

I bought the book The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory fron Daniele Benedettelli. I buid the T-Rex chapter 15 and when I tried to programming the T-Rex (chapter 16) I have a problem. I'm not able to ...
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Can EV3-G MyBlocks be recursive?

Imagine I create a MyBlock called function1 from a line of blocks. Can I call that block from within itself? This is the program for the block recursiveTest. Will this block function properly?
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ERROR CODE 7- Cannot download needed file for the program

I am kind of new in LEGO MINDSTORMS, I tried to download a program to the NXT robot and got the Error code 7- "Cannot download needed file for the program" - can someone tell me what should i do?
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EV3 additional build instructions - PDF download or print possible?

The EV3 retail edition comes with printed instructions to build only one of the possible robots and it appears you have to use the software to view the build instructions of the other models. My ...
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NXT brick erratic programming behavior

I think I have a defective NXT brick. It has been programmed to move in a direction for 1 second, wait 1 second and then move in the reverse direction for 1 second. The code downloads on another ...
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MindSqualls - can I connect more than one NXT brick using USB?

To access my NXT brick connected via USB with the MindSqualls library, I do the following: var brick = new McNxtBrick(NxtCommLinkType.USB, 0); The 0 is serialPortNr. If I were to buy a second NXT ...
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Angular resolution of NXT motor

I am sure that I read somewhere that the resolution of the motor sensor was 2 degrees, but I can find no mention of this in the NXT Help file. What's more, the motor control block allows the Duration ...
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LEGO EV3 on Chromebooks not recognizing NXT bricks

I teach two LEGO robotics classes in middle school and in one of my classes I am using EV3 and in the other NXT. I was able to have these classes because of the Chromebook app, but the problem I am ...
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EV3 switch block does not recognize text?

i am using file access to input variables into my programm. text file is something like this: a b c .. on each loop, program access file (using File Access block) and reads a new line "a" or "b" or "...
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Using the NBR 1036 Barometer with the EV3

I just purchased the HiTechnic Barometer from LEGO, thinking the Block was available for the EV3. Theory says that I can use NXT Block in the EV3. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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LEGO TECHNIC CyberMaster Software

I come again to ask a favor. Can someone share the installation CD in English of LT 8482 CyberMaster or where can I download the software in English??

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