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rosserial - lost sync with device (arduino)

asked 2011-09-13 05:07:11 -0500

Hi everyone,

I am experiencing some issues whith the rosserial_arduino tutorial "hello world" example. I am working on a ASUS eee PC with the latest ubuntu version (11.04) and a ROS release I installed during july 2011.

After installing the rosserial stack as described in the tutorial (, I was able to upload the "hello world" sketch into my arduino duemilanove.

Following the "hello world (example publisher)" page (, the issue appears in the terminal where I run the 'rosrun rosserial_python /dev/ttyUSB0' command :

me:$ rosrun rosserial_python /dev/ttyUSB0 [INFO] [WallTime:1315932634.660507] ROS Serial Python Node [INFO] [WallTime:1315932634.673866] Connected on /dev/ttyUSB0 at 57600 baud [ERROR] [WallTime:1315932664.690539] Lost sync with device, restarting... ... ...

Also as expected, when I try to listen to the topic with 'rostopic echo chatter', I have this warning message : WARNING: topic [/chatter] does not appear to be published yet

I was able to run a sketch with an IR sensor on the arduino in a standalone mode, so the communication between the computer and the arduino seems fine.

Did anyone already experience this 'sync' issue ? Is there any other way of checking the synchronisation between the arduino and ROS ?

Thanks a lot for anyhelp :) Dr. Frederic Villeneuve-Seguier

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Does your arduino duemilanove have a atmega168 or atmega328? If it is a 168, it is probably running out of memory. If so, check out this answer:
adasta gravatar image adasta  ( 2011-09-14 01:44:55 -0500 )edit
Thanks a lot, following your advice I tried with an atmega 2560 I had and the sync problem disapeared right away.
Dr Frederic Villeneuve_Seguie gravatar image Dr Frederic Villeneuve_Seguie  ( 2011-09-16 05:01:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-09-17 16:10:52 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

It looks like it was an out of memory error from comments above.

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