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Roomba 880 will not find dock and passes vertual walls too when i place it and duck it will change perfect.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Roomba Docking Station

Probably not, unless you just have to have the docking station. My roomba always had trouble mating with my docking station so I never used it. I just plugged it directly in to will using the AC adapter.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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SOURCE: My Roomba 560 does not automatically dock as advertised either..

You may not believe this, but the new 500 series lighthouse virtual walls have both infrared and radio frequency communication. How they work and associate with the Roomba is pretty complicated. The best posting I've ever seen about how they work is here:
http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11048

Check out that link to understand how the communication works.

If your Roomba is contained by the virtual walls, then you can assume the IR sensor on your Roomba us good....you should test that though. Then you might have to replace the "home base" which could have a bad IR transponder . New ones can be found for reasonable price at www.RoboticVacParts.com or you could order straight from iRobot for twice the price.

If the Roomba is not contained by the virtual walls, then the IR sensor on the Roomba is likely bad and you'll need to change the bumper on your Roomba. Again ....parts are available through ebay, or www.RoboticVacParts.com. Follow this link if you need it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Roomba-500-series-white-bumper-510-530-532_W0QQitemZ270400281066QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef51cd9ea&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A30


Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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SOURCE: roomba 560: it only spins in one place, then stops

If there's no message its probably a sensor malfunctioning. It might be a cliff sensor, the bump switch, or wheel-drop (left, right, or caster). Try cleaning the sensors and vacuuming things out as a first step.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

SOURCE: My Roomba does not want to dock

Need more info.
Does the unit go into search mode? "SPOT & CLEAN" flashing? It actually tries to search?
Do you have another roomba to test your dock on to see if IT will dock? If it tries but just cant, then either the dock transmitter, or the roombas receiver is dead. (The round antennae thingys on the dock and the bumper) replace these would be the first point.

Posted on Jul 24, 2010

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SOURCE: roomba stopped after 45 minutes. does not move.

Sounds like something's dead either with the roomba or the charging station or power supply. Does it charge up if you plug the power supply directly into the roomba, instead of into the charging station? If not, you'll probably have to return it to the place you bought it.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

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I have roomba 880 stationed in open w/nothing blocking view (virtual walls, lighthouse, doors, etc) but it will not go back to docking station even when I press docking and its only 6 feet away.


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I roomba wont dock


That's usually caused by a charging issue. Could be that the contacts the roomba uses to charge on the base are bad or the contacts on the roomba its self. Here is a good troubleshooting guide. Roomba customer service is very good too, if the roomba is less than a year old they will repair it for you. good luck!

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Roomba stopped after 45 minutes. does not move. manually placed on docking station...nothing


Sounds like something's dead either with the roomba or the charging station or power supply. Does it charge up if you plug the power supply directly into the roomba, instead of into the charging station? If not, you'll probably have to return it to the place you bought it.

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My Roomba 560 does not automatically dock as advertised either..


You may not believe this, but the new 500 series lighthouse virtual walls have both infrared and radio frequency communication. How they work and associate with the Roomba is pretty complicated. The best posting I've ever seen about how they work is here:
http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11048

Check out that link to understand how the communication works.

If your Roomba is contained by the virtual walls, then you can assume the IR sensor on your Roomba us good....you should test that though. Then you might have to replace the "home base" which could have a bad IR transponder . New ones can be found for reasonable price at www.RoboticVacParts.com or you could order straight from iRobot for twice the price.

If the Roomba is not contained by the virtual walls, then the IR sensor on the Roomba is likely bad and you'll need to change the bumper on your Roomba. Again ....parts are available through ebay, or www.RoboticVacParts.com. Follow this link if you need it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Roomba-500-series-white-bumper-510-530-532_W0QQitemZ270400281066QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef51cd9ea&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A30


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Light houses aren't turning on.


Make sure your virtual wall batteries are fresh-- even if you're sure they are, try removing and replacing them just to reset the virtual wall.

Then reset your Roomba: hold down "spot" and "dock/demo" for about fifteen seconds. Release them and wait for the tune.

Recharge the Roomba and then try to run it. The virtual walls ought to respond at that point. If they don't, you might find that calling customer support may help.

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My Roomba does not want to dock


Need more info.
Does the unit go into search mode? "SPOT & CLEAN" flashing? It actually tries to search?
Do you have another roomba to test your dock on to see if IT will dock? If it tries but just cant, then either the dock transmitter, or the roombas receiver is dead. (The round antennae thingys on the dock and the bumper) replace these would be the first point.

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