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Roomba just runs in small circles

It then stops and status light is red. makes a two tone noise, followed by four.
what is going on?

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It's little brain is having a seizure. Really! It's a programming fault. If you look on the machine, usually the bottom, you'll find a 1-800 number you can call and they have a solution for it. It's fairly common for this to happen and it cannot be solved with any mechanical solution.

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