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installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby Borrie869 » May 10th, 2013, 9:18 pm

Having had issues with my neato for the past 2 weeks where it would seem to run for around 25-30 mins before displaying one error after the other i got to thinking, if its running fine for that first 20 or so minutes then maybe its an overheating issue. With this in mind i opened neato up and using adhesive heatsinks for computer ram i attached them to each Chip on the board that looked to be of importance closed it up and returned to charger, im happy to report that after 2 full 40 min runs to clean the entire house it returned to base no dramas and not a single report of my brush is stuck or my path is blocked. being in Australia and really loathing the idea of having to return the unit to the states i am happy to say this cheap and easy repair/mod was worth my effort and might hopefully help someone else in the future
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby vic7767 » May 10th, 2013, 9:35 pm

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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby glnc222 » May 10th, 2013, 11:04 pm

If too much trouble to disassemble again, you could copy this system board photo and mark up with Irfanview or similar. Looks like a heat sink already on the upper right. None on the cpu in the middle. 10-15 Watts of power is controlled.
[edit] the grey block upper right is a 47uf filter capacitor.
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby Borrie869 » May 10th, 2013, 11:31 pm

That board layout is vastly different to mine, here is a less then brilliant image of my revision board and where i placed the heatsinks with an image of the heatsinks i used
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby glnc222 » May 11th, 2013, 1:07 am

Is your environment unusually warm some way which would push temps over a borderline condition, and they did not supply enough margin? Looks like in improving the old fragile ribbon cable LCD connection lower right, left out the heat sink previously used on the old boards above. Move to Antarctica. Clean the igloo.
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby oliver602 » May 11th, 2013, 11:11 am

glnc222 wrote: Looks like a heat sink already on the upper right. None on the cpu in the middle. 10-15 Watts of power is controlled.


The square in the upper right looks like a large inductor without heat sink.
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby glnc222 » May 11th, 2013, 12:42 pm

Parts on the old board http://xv11hacking.wikispaces.com/XV-11+PCB+Information
can't quite tell which is that dull grey thing as unfamiliar this stuff. Never bothered to examine when opened.
[edit] added this fix to list of utility mods http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=16475
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Re: installing heatsinks inside neato fixes issues

Postby Dutch CrapCleaner » June 3rd, 2013, 12:06 pm

Is your Neato still running steady?

Since a few weeks our Neato stops after a about 10 minutes and displaying the error "House Cleaning" Paused. Neato stops very abrupt without a cause. After a few moments the message "Fan Stuck" appears.
I opened the Neato but the fan is running fine and nothing is blocking the fan.

Your theory is worth to try it out but I wondered if you modifications solved the LCD messages permanently.
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