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I'm a complete rookie when it comes to robotics but, I'm willing to learn. I'm about to find out if an "old dog" can learn new tricks. :) I'm fully retired for about 6 yrs now and loving it. I have experience with RC airplanes, helicopters, and a few cars and digitally controlled model trains. I know a bit about the hardware of computers but, the software boggles my mind and that's why I'm so excited about E-Z Robot. It appears that Mr. Sures has taken the hard part out of the programming by providing an easy to use programming suite.
I'm really excited about the mods/hacks associated with "toy" robots and plan to easy. Since Mr. Sures has done all of the hard work for us, I'm looking very strongly into the Wow Wee selection of bots. I follow instructions pretty well and the tutorial videos I've watched make it look pretty darned simple.
I'm looking forward to learing from this group and I hope you will all forgive my occasional dumb question.

RJ
Arlington, TX

#41  
Yee Hawwww ! SUCCESS ! I just finished the rewiring job on my RS V2 and he works. Well, he goes through his wake up routine (self diagnostic) and that's a good sign. I had to replace a 4 pin JST power plug in that harness to correct an intermittent open but, after that he worked fine. I'm taking a break before I start reassembly.
However, those little tiny, itty bitty, teensy weensy connectors are a pain in the rear. I'm glad I bought more than I needed because I ruined a few before I got them all wired up and stuffed into the connector. I used a pair of magnifying glasses to see the little things and was wishing I had spent the money on the somewhat expensive (compared to the job) crimpers that make the job easy (supposedly). Oh well, jobs done. I just hope it stays that way now. :)

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#42  
haha great job well done.last test.boot robot go thru all moves and demo and feel regular on the batt compartments.
whit your hands.yyeeeeeeeeeeee hawwwwwwwwwwww:D
#43  
Thanks Nomad. I feel pretty good about the V2 project. I checked the battery compartments for heat and found normal temp ...no heat. I'll put most of his body together and do another test before completing assembly. What did James Brown say in the song ...."I feeeeel good ...like I knew I would" ....so good, so good, I got V2.:) Well, he said something like that. :)

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#44  
hahahahaha your now officely v2 pro repair specialist.
#45  
Glad to hear you got your V2 wired. My V1 is still opened up waiting for some soldering love. I've just been distracted from it.
PRO
Belgium
#46  
antron007.the blue board ? when its done can you place a pic here .good for avery one.
#47  
Thanks guys but, the joy was short lived. Once I buttoned him up and started testing the wire bundle for the right leg pulled out of the 7 pin connector. Evidently, I didn't have enough play in the harness to allow full movement so, it put strain on the wires. I think I'm going to start over with a new harness and use better wire. The stuff I was using is too stiff. It's the right diameter but, the strands are too stiff.
Well, momentary joy is better than none I guess.:) I'll keep you posted on my re-work.

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#48  
wooha.yeach keep going.
#49  
I've been searching for the 7 pin connector with wire pig-tails attached but, have had no success. I went to a 2nd hand electronics shop today and rummaged through the cables with connectors and found some wire that will work and a perfect replacement for the left side (6 pin) connector with harness attached. It's basically plug and play once I solder the wires to the board in his left foot.
I have ordered more connector pins for the 7 pin shell and will pick them up tomorrow. The wire I found at the used electronics shop is more flexible and a bit smaller in diameter so, it should fit without binding.
Wish me luck on the re-wire of the re-wire. :)

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#50  
haha great keep rolling.thumbs up:D
#51  
Hey Nomad. I have a Green Board (G6008-10C). My board is similar to the blue board we were talking about in that other thread. (I cant find it now)

Here's the board:
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I connected my ground wire from the ground pin on D1 to the red circle. And the signal wire the signal pin on D1 to the yellow.
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Then on the power switch board I connected the positive lead to the red circle and the negative to the black circle. This way the EZB draws its power from the robosapien batteries.
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It's all working great now. My dog hates it. I love it. lol Hope that helps.
PRO
Belgium
#52  
great pictures.that is a neath finich.no need for a batt case.
but am confuse whit the text. gnd to red on D1 and yellow also on D1
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#53  
Yes the D1 has 3 pins Ground, +5V, Signal. You don't need to have a +5V to vcc on the main board. So in the picture you just posted, the one you marked sig is correct and the one you have marked positif is actually the gnd.

I pretty much just followed the video. My boards were just a little different.
EZ-Robot RoboSapien

He explains it starting at about 1:45. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
PRO
Belgium
#54  
ah okay.the wire off the swits where goes that connected.?
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#55  
Yes. The picture on the left is correct now:)

In the picture below, I have labeled where you connect the power lines that will send power to the EZB. I did it just like DJ Did in the video.
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I hope that clears it up for you. (Btw, I'm very happy to be of help. I'm fairly new so it is not often I know an answer and when I do usually some one answers before me;) There are a lot of great minds on this forum.)
#57  
Awesome guys. With this kind of help and cooperation, how can we go wrong?
Can hardly wait for the EZb V4 release. My RS 1 is patiently waiting. I've been driving my two small dogs crazy with him. They don't like him at all so, my "play time" is limited to the amount of loud barking my ears can withstand. This problem may play havoc with voice commands? I wonder if they sell "dog noise cancelling" microphones? :)

Update on the V2 second rewire attempt .... I've successfully replaced the 6 pin connector harness and buttoned up the left side. I have the 7 pin connector wired but, not installed as yet. I hope to do that this weekend. I've found that it's much easier to work on him if I remove the leg I'm working on. Once the upper outside cover is removed, there are two screws that hold the leg in place. Remove those screws and the then the leg to give you much easier access.

By the way ...if anyone is considering buying a new 7 pin connector to replace the original one, be sure to buy the terminal pins in a 100 piece strip (about $2 us). They come attached to a metal strip and are much easier to handle during wire installation if the "tab" is left in place until the wire is firmly attached. I found that a small pair of medical clamps (forceps?) very useful for clamping the wire to the terminal. It's time consuming but, it can be done if you are dedicated to the repair. It is possible to solder the wire to the connectors but, you must use a small tip on your iron and very tiny amount of solder. Either way, the "tab" on the pin is a great aid in holding it until the job is done.

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#58  
rowdyjoe.that was not a good idea to remove the leg from the hip.they break easly.
#59  
Thanks for the warning Nomad. I'll be sure to be careful.
Which parts are so delicate? They all look very sturdy to me. The leg "bones" fit closely onto the hip pins but, can be worked loose easily if careful. Just wiggle gently with upward pressure until they slide off the pins. A drop of thin machine oil will help if they are stubborn but, I haven't found the need for that yet. Obviously, you don't want to try to pry them off with anything as it's not necessary and the plastic "bones" can break.

RJ
PRO
Belgium
#60  
the plastik where these screws go in.break easly off.
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