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I think my Roomba is dead... or rather, it's not dead.. it's slowly dying some slow, pathetic, robotic vacuum death...

It's become significantly less effective at picking stuff up. It gets stuck a lot more easily.. and it takes a lot longer to get started.. The circular sweeping pattern it normally starts out with has gradually become more of a spinning-in-place pattern...

Perhaps one of the new Roombas is in order...

Current Mood: sad sad

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daylami From: daylami Date: November 21st, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Red Roomba... Red Roomba!
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: November 21st, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

So sad.

I mean, that really sounds sad. You also wonder why it's happening. Surely it's not programming--it must be that its motor(s) are less effective and the programming can't compensate as well.

The new one sounds a lot more effective, so maybe it's time. Vacuum cleaners aren't made like they used to be, and you can't expect one to last more than a few years without repairs.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: November 21st, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: So sad.

Looking on their website, they sell a Roomba Renewal Kit for $60 bucks that has new brushes, tires, and a new battery. That's probably all you need. You could make a whole Roomba spa afternoon out of it--candles, aromatherapy, etc, and treat it like your Roomba was getting a pedicure.
windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: November 21st, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: So sad.

Probably.. It does look like the software was at least designed to try to compensate...

When it is initially attemtping to do the spiral pattern, and is spinning in place instead, it eventually gets the turning radius right and starts a normal spiral. Subsequent spirals are done normally.. so I do think it is doing some calibrating.
angryjonny From: angryjonny Date: November 22nd, 2004 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Roombas don't die, they just fade away...

...unless the battery goes. Then they're pretty much hosed.
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