Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can help me?
I recently bought a second hand RS media which I was assured was working ok. When I went to pick up the robot, the lady switched on the robot and told me it was working and said it just needed new batteries, the robot confirmed this as it said as much itself. However when I got new batteries and inserted them into the robot and remote control, all I got and ever get when I hit the start button is a small movement from the head and one hand followed by flashing eyes and 20 seconds of a ‘put’,’ put’ sound, (his eyes stop flashing after 15 seconds) after which it either says ‘Loading personality ROM’ or ‘System Check’. On the odd occasion, it starts a part of a message ‘Hi, I’m…….then it re-boots itself.
I have read the problems another member had with his unit, some of which sounds very similar to mine, so I tried the solutions suggested like laying the robot onto his back, turning his head to one side and waiting for the start up to by pass the point where his head needs to move and if it gets past that point to stand him up, hit the C and X button on the remote control to disable the eyes and sound, and try different functions to determine where the problem might lie. I have got as far as disabling the eyes and sound on one occasion but if I touch any other control it re-boots again. On other occasions while in his horizontal position, he has passed the initial point where he normally restarts (even without turning his head) and says things like ’X, Y displacement’, Stability Error’ and ‘Being vertical will help here’. But there is no consistency to the actions it makes or the messages it delivers.
I guess it goes through a start up procedure like the Robosapien V1 and performs certain movements before it stops but given that I have never seen a working RS robot, I am just assuming this is what happens. My unit has only ever got to the stage of raising his arms horizontally while speaking a part introductory message before re-booting itself.
I have taken the chest, neck and back plates off to see if I could find any obvious loose connections, I have even removed and replaced the head (this was a tricky little so and so to get back together!) and found nothing obvious apart from the two items marked on the attached photo.
Item A is a rainbow coloured set of leads soldered to the board laying horizontally behind the head with a block connector on the other end, I have looked for something to connect it too but can find nothing obvious, can anyone identify this lead and what it’s function is? I have the disassembly instructions from the SourceForge.net site but the image on there shows no rainbow coloured lead attached to the board!
Item B is the block that holds the ribbon cable to the chest display. This was very loose as the hard brown material under the white connection block seems to be detached. I originally got the chest display to work by adding a layer of tape to the underside of the contact end thereby wedging the contact end in place. This worked ok for a while but now there is no front display at all, I think the ribbon has been bent too many times and is now damaged beyond repair.
So in summary, the robot has never started up once. In a vertical position it goes through 20 second of start up then re-boots. While in a horizontal position it sometimes passes the re-boot stage shouts out random messages but is essentially non functional, plus there is a loose ribbon connection and a rainbow lead that attaches to nothing! Oh and by the way, I suspect a previous owner has looked inside too as I found a screw missing and other long screws where there should be short ones etc.
Thanks for reading, any positive suggestions would be appreciated