Recently while using the VEX GPS sensor, the sensor overheated and was no longer detected by the V5 Brain.
To cool it, I brought the robot outside for a few minutes, but after it returned to a normal temperature the sensor still wasn’t detected under the devices page of the Brain.
I have done the following troubleshooting steps:
- Inspected the Brain and GPS cable port for metal, and I’ve also blown air into both ports.
- Tried to connect using four different smart cables I’ve verified to work.
- Tried to connect on separate brain ports.
- Tried to connect on a completely separate working brain.
- Restarted both testing brains, by resetting the settings.
- Turned both brains off and on.
- Waited several hours and tried again.
I should add, the GPS sensor has air exposure on all sides except the back of the sensor where it’s mounted correctly to a c-channel elevating it high above the robot.
I was running VEXCode software, where I was only using these methods:
I was calling these methods in a loop with a 20-millisecond delay. Based on my prior experience using GPS sensors I would consider my use case to be normal. I can share more about the code if there are any concerns.
I’m curious if there are any more troubleshooting steps I may have overlooked. Secondly, I wonder what preventive measures I can take going forward so this won’t happen again.