glnc222 wrote:Connect the Neato to a PC using USB and a terminal program such as hyperterminal or putty in Windows, and the driver installed for updating Neato firmware. Commands listed at Neato's website will test the Lidar and return all the scan data. In a quiet room you can hear the drum spinning or view it through the turret openings. You must first spin the drum with command SetLDSrotation. GetLDS returns scan, 360 lines of degrees direction, distance and intensity, ready to fire torpedos. Testmode must be set -- remember to turn off when done, not automatic. Testmode leaves motor power voltages engaged and should always be terminated.
Sounds like fun
Looking forward to this.
Neato gave me the website of the place that supplies them their spare parts but a LIDAR unit was around $250 plus delivery so I hope that doesn't become my only option. We are travelling to the States soon so will be able to pick up a brand new XV-21 for around $330 so not worth buying the LIDAR on the chance it might fix it.
EDIT Just realised I've done this Terminal thingy before when I had a different problem with the Neato. My memory is getting BAAADDD!!