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Roomba does not do anything

I turn turn my roomba on, I push a nd select the size of the room and it plays a little tune, then the spin brush does spin for like 2 seconds and then nothing else. Please help me fix this problem. Thanks

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  • SteveHH Jun 05, 2008

    batterie is charged. turn on unit, all lights green. press room size button, the side brush goes around for about a seconde then the whole thing shuts doen

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    My Roomba has had a battery issue for some time now. I haven't used it in quite a while (months, years, I don't know for sure) because it would complain of a discharged battery after only a few minutes of cleaning. However, now when I finally tried to use it again, a new problem appeared.

    Now, it charges normally, if I plug the cord directly into the Roomba. It will not mate with the home base, however, even if I place it on the contacts manually.

    When I start it, all the buttons come on green. I then press a button to make it begin cleaning. The motor whirs up and runs for about 1 second, then it shuts down. About one second later, the power light and lights behind whichever button(s) I pressed (to give it a job) flash green then the system sits silent, and doesn't do anything else.

    My Roomba is a relatively old Roomba Discovery, if it helps.


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My Roomba has had a battery issue for some time now. I haven't used it in quite a while (months, years, I don't know for sure) because it would complain of a discharged battery after only a few minutes of cleaning. However, now when I finally tried to use it again, a new problem appeared.

Now, it charges normally, if I plug the cord directly into the Roomba. It will not mate with the home base, however, even if I place it on the contacts manually.

When I start it, all the buttons come on green. I then press a button to make it begin cleaning. The motor whirs up and runs for about 1 second, then it shuts down. About one second later, the power light and lights behind whichever button(s) I pressed (to give it a job) flash green then the system sits silent, and doesn't do anything else.

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  • DgtlPioner Jun 20, 2008

    Ugh, stupid thing, I didn't tell it to make that a solution... Sorry...

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TYhe iRobot Roomba has different model designations. Here is a webpage with a list of what the beeps mean in the 400 series. I am thinking that is what you have. 3 beeps means the dirt cup is dirty, filters are dirty, or debris in collecting and it needs to be cleaned.

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"Uh-oh"
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The robot's Side Brush is stalled
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