RoboRIO epair

Hello there!

over the years we have accumulated a number of broken RoboRIOs (2 of them to be exact).
one has the Ethernet port broken (a nasty collision during comps)
and the second one simply doesn’t boot up (we did a lot of software troubleshooting and that didn’t help so we believe that it’s an electronic problem).
So my question is:
Is there a way to repair them? I once heard that you can send them back for repairs to NI, is that true?

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Yes.

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+1 for NI support.

We had “bricked” a Rio a few years back but it turns out the bootloader was corrupt. NI sent us a file to put on a flash drive which allowed us to reflash the rio and bring it back.

I’ve also heard rumors of a team that literally drilled through their rio and got it covered under warranty…

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How else are you supposed to free up memory on the roboRIO?

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Lightening holes work. The trick is making sure none of the 1’s and 0’s leak out after you put all the holes in it.

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Thats one way of trying to lighten up the code

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Thank you very much! I will try calling them

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Don’t forget the team that ran out of code…

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If your robot is too close to the weight limit, you can try and remove the code from the roborio to shed a few pounds

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If the hole doesn’t go all the way through the RoboRio and they keep it the right way up, the code won’t leak out…

Sometimes, just taking a quick pass over all sides of the RoboRio with any sort of mill/router that you have will save you at least a few pounds.

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