I took one step forward on the ROV and 3 steps back. Somehow (still uncertain what happened) I let the smoke out of the 2.6 OROV board. bah!!
After “The Event”, the motors were erratic, the IMU stopped responding the I could no longer connect to the ROV. It appears the Tenda adapter is damaged as I am able to connect by hooking up directly to the Ethernet port on the Beaglebone. I was also able to replace a blown cap (C37) which fixed the erratic motors and discovered the IMU had lost it’s ground connecvtion; must have blown a trace (Though I cannot see it) I ran a new GND between J1 Grounds and Pin17 of the DB25 connector. That fixed that.
So, I’m left with 2 issues: no connection through the Tether (Tenda adapter) and, the Starboard ESC is again messed up.
This is the second time I have the Starboard ESC go on me. I can attribute this time to my mistake 100%; I still don’t know what happened last time or, why it’s always the Starboard ESC crapping out.
Are the 2.7 Boards with built in ESC completely compatible with my 2.6 chassis, 2.6 motors and 2.6 DB25 Wiring harness?
I am thinking of going in this direction. I am not certain if I have repaired all the damage on my 2.6 board and as I will again have to wait at the mercy of our Canadian (slow and expensive) shipping system, I don’t want to replace just one component to find out something else is screwed.
Any opinions on this? What would you do?