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Hey. I have a probleme making a robot work with my netduino, I know this is an Arduino forum, but as far as I understand, it's pretty much the same. I think you guys might know what is my problem...
 
So I ordered a DF Robot kit and got some help to put it together.
 
I want to control the wheels with my netduino.
 
What I want to do is simple. Press the netduino's button, and start the 4 wheels in the same direction, full power.
 
When I try to make it run with one wheel pluged in my breadboard, it works, the wheel move.
 
But when I add a second wheel, nothing appens. It seems that I dont have enough power to make the wheels move.
 
The netduino is powered by a 9volt battery. When I press the button, the net duino let the big power source ( 5 AA batteries , as suggested in the kit)  flow in the motors. (this is how I see it correct me if i'm wrong.)
 
Here's a scheme that my friend made me back when I was playing around before I had this kit. ( note that I removed the resistor)
 
Basically, I'm doing the exact same thing with my df robot kit.

The motors negative wires are all lined up in the #5 pin of the 4n35 transistor.
The 4 positive wires are all lined up with the positive power source positive wire. (5 new AA batteries)

 
I'm using the 4n35 transistor that came with my netduino kit I ordered.
 
I'm starting to realise that I will need a motor shield. Which one do you guys suggest ?
 
But before I go on and buy another thing, is there a way to get it working with my current setup ?
 
Thanks, Dave
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I know this is an Arduino forum, but as far as I understand, it's pretty much the same.
Same general shape. Same general layout. That is a far as the similarities go.
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I know this is an Arduino forum, but as far as I understand, it's pretty much the same.
Same general shape. Same general layout. That is a far as the similarities go.

yeah.... I figured i'd get some hate.

I guess I should have lied and said I was using an arduino kit.  smiley-cool

I think my problem is on the circuit part...

I thought you guys could help me with that.
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Why aren't you asking on the netduino forum?
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yo whats up men. why do you snob people like this. of course I asked the netduino forum. the community is smaller and I'm looking everywhere... you know... im trying to... learn...shame on me I guess. jesus christ man calm the procreate down.

edit: so i guess... this is going nowhere .... *walks away with his microsoft toy, some people pointing at him while whispering to their peers.... other people loudly booing him and yelling insults....*
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I was about to suggest a motor driver but then I read your last post and don't feel inclined to help somebody like you…
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Hey whats up drew. I was just being an asshole to and asshole... Judging by his attitude and a few posts hes made this week, I think he has a thick skin and he should be ok... im actually a pretty easy going guy.

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PaulS is a little tough on noobees, especially if they ask about non-Arduino stuff, but so am I too, ;-). For myself, I have a NetduinoPlus, but could never get the ethernet stuff to work properly, so I abandoned it in favor of regular Arduino Ethernet boards. Bummer.

Re your robot, forget the motor driver kluges, and just buy a motor shield like the following,
http://www.adafruit.com/products/81

The L293D chip has 4 h-bridges for your 4 motors, and probably provides enough current for the motors used on the DFRobot base. If not, you can plug a TI SN754410 chip in place of the L293D,
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_1054684_-1

Good Luck.
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Probably the easiest thing to do is get a dual h-bridge setup like below to control the motors.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-H-Bridge-DC-Stepper-Motor-Drive-Controller-Board-Module-Arduino-L298N-236-/360666665494?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item53f9689216
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Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.   smiley-cool

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He's got a 4WD, but might be possible to wire the 2 motors on a side together, or buy 2 of those.
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