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mBot Troubleshooting and FAQs

mBot (Blue) and STEM Activities Module, order code mBot-B, $70, mBot (Pink) and STEM Activities Module, order code mBot-P, $70
Specifications and User Guide

TROUBLESHOOTING
- Primary Test: If mBot is new, insert new batteries into battery pack and turn on mBot. mBot should beep three times. Press mBot's onboard button; pressing it once will put it in "obstacle avoidance" mode. mBot should drive forward until it encounters an obstacle; then, it will turn and drive in a different direction.

If mBot has been used, i.e. you have uploaded programs to mBot, connect mBot to a computer using the included USB cable. Follow the instructions in TIL 4153: How do I reset my mBot back to the Default Program? to return mBot to the Default Program. Verify that mBot behaves as described above.

For a more thorough description of mBot's Default Program and troubleshooting tips if mBot does not seem to operate correctly, see TIL 4182: mBot Default Program details and troubleshooting.

-Required software: mBlock 5 (PC/Mac/ChromeOS) and mBlock (iOS/Android)
https://www.vernier.com/engineering/makeblock/mblock/

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