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Could not initialize Kinova API for Mico2

asked 2016-11-23 11:49:18 -0600

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I follow this tutorial "" to run kinova Mico2 robotic arm(4DOF, with 2 fingers gripper). I asked the kinova company, they said the urdf for Mico1 is the same as Mico2, and I can use the urdf of "m1n4s200" (we do not have urdf for Mico2). When I use these commands:

cd ~/catkin_ws/src/kinova-ros/kinova_bringup/launch
source ~/catkin_ws/devel/setup.bash
roslaunch kinova_robot.launch kinova_robotType:=m1n4s200 use_urdf:=true

I got this error:

[ INFO] [1479922329.941725121]: kinova_robotType is m1n4s200.
[ INFO] [1479922329.943356180]: Initializing Kinova API (header version: 50200, library version: 5.2.0)
[ERROR] [1479922329.945686387]: KinovaCommException: Could not initialize Kinova API (return code: 1015)

How can I remove this error?



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answered 2020-03-10 11:08:29 -0600

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This error is usually thrown because the mico controller isn't seen on your USB bus.

First, make sure you've put the udev rule in your udev folder and reboot.

Second, if you have a graphical interface on your machine you could try to install Kinova SDK. It comes with a software called DevelopmentCenter. Launch the DevelopmentCenter and try to connect to your robot.

If that's also not a success. Try the following lsusb or usb-devices to check if the controller is seen on the USB bus. If the controller isn't seen the most probable cause is that your Linux config allows your computer to auto-sleep the USB ports for power saving. You could try disabling this feature.

If all of the above fails, I'd suggest you try the software on another computer to confirm that the issue comes from your computer or the robot itself.

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