Should I try to flash the robot to the latest versions of P2os or other programs?

stephen reiman <> wrote:
I tried using playerjoy and had the same result. 
How important is the OS? I have been using Mandrake 10 instead of Debian or Redhat.  I haven't been able to figure out the package manager for Redhat to install individual packages (such as swig or python) and I haven't been able to get a usbstick working with Debian.  Activmedia says that they only "support" Redhat and Debian, which I assumed meant they would provide tech support and the like for these OSes, not that they were the only ones that the AT would work with. Perhaps I was mistaken.

y <> wrote:
stephen reiman wrote:
> The BUMPSTALL code appears to work on the robot. By work, I mean that
> when I try and move the robot with playerv I no longer recieve a warning
> that the bumpers are engaged. However, I still cannot make the wheels
> move. There is no longer a velocity thresholded error, but the wheels
> won't turn.
> The motors appear to be enabled since the status light is blinking fast.
> And sometimes they appear to move slightly. This is happening on two
> bots and they both work in the Activmedia environment. It still appears
> to be a sw issue and not hw related.

This is mysterious. Have you tried driving it from the keyboard with
playerjoy? E.g.:
$ playerjoy -h
Hold down 'i' to go forward.


Brian P. Gerkey
Stanf ord AI Lab

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