One of the robots we have been using will work as it should when connected to the computer via the USB cable. We unhook it from the cable and sit it on the floor to test the program. When the Cortex is powered up, the Robot light is green, the game light is flashing an amber color very fast and the VEXNet light will slowly flash an amber light. Within five seconds all of the lights will flash red one time, and the cycle repeats itself.
We have switched out the batteries, twice during one class period and this doesn’t solve the problem. We have re-downloaded the firmware, twice and we still have this issue. I have tried to follow the flowchart that I have for troubleshooting, but the codes we are getting with these flashing lights are not addressed on the chart.
Yes, we are using RobotC. I checked the computer being used and it was set to either USB or VexNet. I am home now, but I will give this a try tomorrow. Why would it not work if it is set to either mode of communication? Thanks!
The “comms mode” is a badly named feature, it relates more to how the cortex starts up, should it look for a VEXnet key, is it in competition mode etc.
“USB Only” really means run the program standalone with no joystick (ie. no VEXnet key) When using a VEXnet key and joystick, I usually select “competition”.