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Problems with 2 Dynamixels MX-28 over USB2Dynamixel

asked 2013-03-20 01:42:34 -0600

Bison gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:15:48 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

Greetings from Germany,

I have a Problem: I try to run the Pi Robot face tracking System and I'm using two dynamixel MX-28 Motors for movement. I interfaced the Motors and the PC via USB2Dynamixel USB-Interface with RS-485 connection. Running the Robotis-node via launchfile gets me the following console-message:

setting /run_id to bb081e58-9218-11e2-adf3-000bab41dd30

process[rosout-1]: started with pid [5802]

started core service [/rosout]

process[dynamixel_manager-2]: started with pid [5814]

process[dynamixel_controller_spawner1-3]: started with pid [5815]

[INFO] [WallTime: 1363864577.448834] pan_tilt_port: Pinging motor IDs 0 through 25...

[INFO] [WallTime: 1363864577.951461] pan_tilt_port controller_spawner: waiting for controller_manager dxl_manager to startup in global namespace...

[ERROR] [WallTime: 1363864579.650591] Exception thrown while getting attributes for motor 1 - Invalid response received from motor 1. Wrong packet prefix ['\xbf', '\xff']

[ERROR] [WallTime: 1363864579.665361] Exception thrown while getting attributes for motor 1 - Invalid response received from motor 1. Wrong packet prefix ['\xdf', '\xff']

[INFO] [WallTime: 1363864579.833898] pan_tilt_port: Found 1 motors - 1 MX-28 [1], initialization complete.

[INFO] [WallTime: 1363864580.160889] pan_tilt_port controller_spawner: All services are up, spawning controllers...

[INFO] [WallTime: 1363864580.424991] Controller pan_controller successfully started.

[WARN] [WallTime: 1363864580.587375] The specified motor id is not connected and responding.

[WARN] [WallTime: 1363864580.592829] Available ids: [1]

[WARN] [WallTime: 1363864580.595967] Specified id: 2

[ERROR] [WallTime: 1363864580.599861] Initialization failed. Unable to start controller tilt_controller [dynamixel_controller_spawner1-3] process has finished cleanly

My config file looks like that:

from math import radians

port = '/dev/ttyUSB0'

servo_param = {

1: {'name': 'head_pan_joint', 
    'home_encoder': 1024,
    'max_speed': radians(200),
    'max_ang': radians(160),
    'min_ang': radians(-160)
2: {'name': 'head_tilt_joint',
    'home_encoder': 0,
    'max_speed': radians(200),
    'max_ang': radians(90.),
    'min_ang': radians(-90.)


Thanks for your Help.

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answered 2013-03-20 10:43:34 -0600

Bison gravatar image

updated 2013-04-18 08:13:05 -0600

THE SOLUTION. First of all thanks again for all those that answered my question.

We tried a Program under Windows to check if our servos were damaged. There we found out that there is an id preinstalled by Robotis for every motor. In both cases this id had the value 1. So every time we tried to get the motors online our controller found the first motor with id = 1 and added it to the list. But then there was no servo with the id = 2 as we indicated in the config-file. With the dynamixel-windows-program we could change the motor ids so that we got the values we needed.

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Its better if you edit your question with this information

Victor_ocv2 gravatar image Victor_ocv2  ( 2013-03-20 23:30:58 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-04-18 03:25:40 -0600

Pi Robot gravatar image

Hi @Bison. I have heard from another MX-28 user that the robotis package might not work with those newer motors, possibly because of the higher resolution and the 360 degree range. As far as I know, the robotis package is no longer being maintained and I don't have any MX-28 servos to test with. I would suggest changing ROS controller packages to either dynamixel_motor or arbotix.


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Hi Patrick, thank you for your answer. I just forgot to post how we got rid of this problem... sorry. I think you've heard this new key facts about the dynamixel by myself from our mailing contact ;-) . I will add my solution. Greetings from germany

Bison gravatar image Bison  ( 2013-04-18 08:00:24 -0600 )edit

Ah ha! I did not recognize you by your screen name. OK, sounds good.

Pi Robot gravatar image Pi Robot  ( 2013-04-18 08:32:51 -0600 )edit

Hi Bison,please i have the same prob,can you post how you resolve it??

hamdicharef gravatar image hamdicharef  ( 2015-08-26 04:00:52 -0600 )edit

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