Thanks Vader will try that. Just a note to advise since all the great help everybody is trying to help us, I though I would try and and assist too.
I have got to the stage of where did I start and where am I heading too. I have tried all sorts of different things to make it work that I have become in such a muddle. Last night I decided to go back to the start and take Gerbers program readmes and doulble check all the setups in each program as if i had just loaded into my computer for the first time.
I have found and it would pay to check if you are having problems like me to check that the file names and addresses are correct.
In the Start_service_Vista.bat file, I found that the Tera term file name was different in my C:Program\ address.
I have since corrected this and now when I click on the Start_Service_Vista.Bat file it starts as well as the USB2tcp file.
Also opening the Tera Term File I have changed the Language and Baudrate and check for any other indescrepencies that need changing.
I now have a far more easier setup to open the uSB port to the robot, but I am still slowly moving forward from the start to the end of getting the robot to move in Gerbers Control Station.
I hope this will help someone else.
I am new to the RS Media. Well when I say new, I mean my son and daughter have both had RS media’s for 3 year. Only now since my daughters robot stop working and I asked for help from this forum have I learnt so much about the robot. It is only now that I can seeing so much potential and possibility of the RS Media Robots.
I really have to thank the members of the forum for giving me so much help, time and advice in trouble shooting the Broken robot and learn about the program aspect of the RS Media. A quick thankyou to Jamie, FreddyA, Helibot, Vader and anybody else who has given me advise so far. (Currently the broken robot is still dead but I am really hopeful that I can repair it. The broken robot has now been named Frankenstien Monster as I am sure he needs a bolt of lightning to get him working again)
Anyway back the reason for this thread. My background is software development and I have many software and hardware idea I am going to develop in the near future to do with the RS Media. Some of which are:
RS media Musical instrument
RS media Auto dancing machine
RS media live video streamer
RS media robot Wars battle game.
RS media charging and Auto homing station
(I have many more but these are the more sane ideas I have had)
To start with I am just getting to grip with Linux and the command for the robot itself. I have however started working on my first project which I have called the RS Media Control station. Basically at the moment it is just a remote control to operate the RS media from the PC in realtime. This software will evolve over time and be that base station for all me software projects for the RS media.
Below is a screenshot of the “RS Media Control Station” software so far
Currently the software is quite crude and very basic as you control the robot in realtime by moving the scrollbar on the screen(but then again it did only take me half an hour to write)
Currently the software will only make the robots perform the basic movement but I will be adding all the other functions of the robot to the control panel. As it stands the software works quite well even though it is basic.
I will be getting rid of the scrollbar and to move the robot you will only have to drag the body part of the robot on the screen. I want to try and make the robot image 3d but as I have never written anything using 3d graphic I’ll have to do some research first.
Current Software issues
Problem 1) I have to switch off the robots vision and hearing from the RS medias remote control before I can control the robot from the software. However from previous thread that @Helibot and @Vader have sent I should be able to do this from within my software.
Problem 2) The other issue and more annoy I am have is that after a minute or 2 the robot go into a sleep mode then after about 5 minutes it powers off. FreddyA has advised me to look at the AUTONOMYV1 download to overcome this issue.
The software is fully working as it stand currently, but before its worth uploading, I think I need to do a lot more work to improve its functions and make it more use friendly. I do however promise I will be upload it for everybody to play with in the near future and I will keep you all up to date with my progress.
Oh yes, I have just received my serial hack in the post an will be install it on the media board next week
All the best
Go to my website to download the latest version of the RS Media Control Station software www.TheMadRobot.talktalk.net
Yes me again, I have tried the bot and it works perfectly in the Start_Service, but when I start the Console program , Nothing, I only have com 3 .
I have done a screen dump on USB View and this is what is showing. Does this help
Opening Start_Service as-is is most likely the problem. Try just opening usb2tcp.exe by itself and then connect with gerber's software (if you're not doing this already). Also make sure a virtual serial port is set up. Other than that, I'm pretty much out of ideas.
Thanks Yes i have tried with the usb2tcp by itself but it won't load unless I have either VSPE open or Tera Term going. I know that the com ports are working to the robot because Tera Term and usb2tcp will not open unless I connect up the robot and switched on. The same goes for VSPE and when I setup a new Connection and setup a TCPClient going it will show connecting ...OK
AND when i setup Com 4 on the VSPE I have the option of COm 3 or Com 4 on Gerbers Program, so there is a connection there going to the Robot, but there is a broken connection from the program to the robot for it not to respond to commands.
Yet in running the Start_Service I can type in the commands gerber advised and the robot moves exactly right.
That is where i am stuck
Keen to do the serial hack but i looks like I will have to get the USB from overseas as I cannot find anybody here in this country who stocks them.
I will keep persisting and try and get my bot working through the standard usb until i can get my hand on a usb module.
i guess I'm exactly like Curtainmaker in everything so ill have 2 keep trying 2 hopefully 2 succeed 2 make the robot respond ..
Curtainmaker said: Hi Vader, Thanks Yes i have tried with the usb2tcp by itself but it won't load unless I have either VSPE open or Tera Term going.That's strange, it should work by itself as far as I can remember. I can't really test it for you though. Does the window just flash up and close?
Here is a more detailed tutorial from the original maker of the serial hack: http://www.robocommunity.com/article/13016/Connecting-to-the-RS-Media-Linux-C...
Curtainmaker, I am from Australia and you can get a prop plug from www.nollet.com.au You can contact the man and he will get you a prop plug in for a good price. He is very nice. Prop plugs are only a little more money and you will get a much better quality plug from Australia and it has a b-type mini usb connector. The pins are labeled and it doesn't need 5v to power it. Witht he BT dongle your batteries will go flat quit often (last 1 or 2 weeks casual use) and they will last near a month or a bit with a prop plug.
Hope you get everything working soon.
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Thanks Jamie i will look into that web address and get me 1. Question is now do I make it USB or bluetooth.
Thanks Gerber for trying and all your help, I will persist with the way Im going until I do the hack. I still feel we are just about there and are missing the final link somewhere.
I still feel the robot has cybertenitcally inherited my wifes Genes as she won't do as I command either. (whether I'm Bluetooth or Blue in the Face)
If you want BT, your batteries will drain quicker, making a bigger bill (2 lots of batteries every month!) And if you get wired it will still last the month or whatever it currently is.
Check out my site http://computersnmore.dyndns.org/
IT WORK, IT WORKS.
Thanks Gerber, Vader, Jamie and everybody else.
I have got it to work not once but twice.
Hi guys, I have included Screen Dumps of the setting I had, I did turn off the windows firewall first when I started trying things but I am now unsure if it was still off or it had switched itself back on when i had to refired up my laptop when things wouldn't load.
But VSPE was started and then USB2tcp then RS Media console, This seems nothing new to anything else we have tried over the past weeks, but it now works..
hello every1 :
well the weird thing i got it work a day ago 2 :)), and i was here now 2 let u know how and here i found Curtainmaker made it 2, good work everybody and Gerber i wanna tnq 4 remembering me telling Curtainmaker 2 pass me the information when he said he did it, i really like u ppl alot :) and tnx every1 who tried 2 help..
Gerber waiting 4 ur new programs and yes plz keep us posted with ur progress :)
tnx again every1 who tried 2 help just 2 help :)
well i know ur right and it will make the connection lot easier like u said but right now its a little hard 2 buy it coz i already bought lot of stuff online so i must cool down 4 a while, but i think this gonna be the 1st thing ill buy next time.. :)
Congradulations on the Movement through Gerbers Program Donnie. I see that you have some bots with the hack done, aren't you lucky. hope it all goes well for you
tnq so much 4 ur msg and gnograts 2 u as well :))
hope everything works exactly like u want :)