The primary difference between the 2 revisions is that the older motors use internal gears made of metal, whereas in the newer motors the internal gears are made of plastic. For this tutorial you will need: Go right ahead, it will only reboot your virtual machine. Several other languages exist for the RCX, with which I am less familiar or which are hard to find nowadays. Next ist NXT-G — again very straight forward: Install Virtual Box Virtual Box is a free software to run virtual machines on any host computer.

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NET was so different from what I knew.

And since then a somewhat larger collection of all themes has assembled over the past 20 years. See for example here links to the NXT-G software further down.

See above for more information. Have you perhaps tried to install it? In the last step the installer will ask you to restart your computer. To this day i prefer programming in a text editor Kate and using the command line to compile and run a code over any integrated development program.

Several languages are available. Next is RobotC — this very straight forward: Various editors are available uusb many platforms.

If you do I’ll put up an answer with the Linux info.


The graphical Mindstorms software that came with the RIS1. That may take several minutes, at least on my machine. I haven’t read these books, and they were published near the time of release of the RCX, so some of rvx information may now be obsolete or irrelevant.


The excitement about a new model, just another LEGO box, new bricks, colors … and it never disappeared since then, in contrast. Motors RCX-compatible motors come in 2 shapes, which I’ll call “rectangular” and “cubic”. My RCX is sitting in my current collection just waiting to be used. If you know of any other resources that should be added to this list, feel free to let me know by dropping me an email.

I have an RCX brick that has not been touched in far too long Wire connector for RCX motors and sensors, seen from the top at left and bottom at right Remote There also exists an infrared remote controlwhich can control the motor outputs of the RCX brick in real time without the need for programming.

I assume the former, but both were common in the rcx days. The let the install program do what it has to do and be patient at the end, when it attempts to register all sorts of things.

Using your LEGO Mindstorms RCX on a modern computer | Christoph Bartneck, Ph.D.

However, a downside of RAM is that it needs to be continuously powered to retain the data it’s storing. Probably the best thing to do is to sell them on eBay or Bricklink.


Note that after installing v2. With Virtual Box this is no problem.

USB or traditional serial? No, I did not try that simply because I had the impression that slightly more complex programs ub hard to compose within this environment. The only revision to include a power input jack, so that in addition to 6 AA batteries, it can also be powered by a V AC power supply. Happily, inside the RCX there is a small capacitor, which maintains power to the RAM for approximately 20 seconds after the batteries are removed.

In my experience, the most common cause of communications failures is interference from bright room or outside light. The RCX brick comes in 3 hardware revisions: The later is much easier to use these days since most computers still have plugs that are compatible with USB1.

Install the NXT-G software. For this tutorial you will need: