FLL Tips & Tricks Number 9: Update Your Software and Firmware

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Before your first meeting with your First LEGO League (FLL) team your will want to make sure your programing software and the forward on your NXT brick. Every update that comes from LEGO is an improvement and you don’t want to miss out on something that could make your robot better.

SOFTWARE DRIVER: the official title of this software is “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Software,” or NXT-G and the most recent version as of writing this post is version 2.1. This is the software comes with your LEGO NXT kit or you can buy is for $79 from LEGO. To update driver go to this website: http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/support/files/default.aspx#Driver

FIRMWARE: the firmware is what is on the NXT brick. To update the firm ware go to this website and download the firmware file: http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/support/files/default.aspx#Firmware Place the firmware file in the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT/engine/firmware folder. Now open the NXT-G environment, and open an NXT program file (any program, even a new blank one). Plug in your NXT brick via the USB cable. Under the "Tools" menu in the software, you can now select "Update NXT firmware".

- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School

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