The VEXnet key “just” slides over the top of the screw and into the USB connector.
I did try grinding the other ones down, but the plastic breaks. So these more expensive metal ones appears to be the way to go.
We did discuss using the other ones as a way to mark which unit was paired with the controller. The USB stick will not go over them. We decided not to since we though that with enough brute force the roboteers “could make it fit”
glad you found the right screw
our C team just doesnt put in a back plate
if you slam the controller on the desk, the batteries will obviously fall out
but if you use them gently, the it should be fine for competition
and i personally fall under the “can make it fit” category
Is it really that big a deal? I really don’t think it is wise to use it without a back plate on competition. Just think about it or watch some match videos coaches and other drivers flailing around, say you get excited and jump. It takes all of 10 extra seconds to put the back plate on and use a screwdriver that you keep in your pocket to tighten the screw and you don’t have to worry.
THATS the issue most of us are having
what if the screwdriver is missing?
and you are one of the few teams at the competition with cortex and cannot find another screwdriver in time?
(some clubs with 10+ teams cannot be as organised as you, you know? ;))
the thumb screw just makes it easier for anyone anytime to replace the batteries
These screws seem like a good idea. We keep the screw driver in the container with the charged AA batteries. When other teams have wanted to borrow the screwdriver I have had to say no, but I do use the screwdriver to open up their controller so the batteries can be changed.