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TheJohnson
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Problems with Maytech MTVESC6.12

Hello Friends,

 

Talk about stumbling at the first hurdle.

 

I am trying to setup my Maytech MTVESC6.12 controller but I am unable to even get it recognized by Windows (10) or VESC tool. There has also been some funny behavior from the controller. So in approximate chronological order here is what has happened:

- I plugged the controller in using the USB cable supplied. It was not pickup up by VESC Tool (obviously, the controller needs to be powered DUH). After a few seconds I noticed the USB cable getting quite warm which worried me so I unplugged it.

- I then rigged up a 19V supply using an old laptop charger, used it to supply power to the controller and tried again. This time Windows said that it didn't recognize the device (but at least figured out something was plugged in). Again the USB cable got warm pretty quickly (~30 seconds) so I unplugged it.

- I downloaded and installed a virtual COM port driver ( STSW-STM32102 recommended by the manufacturer).

- I then retried connecting the controller. This time I got a worrying message from Windows saying "Power Surge on USB Port". Windows then deactivates the port until I unplug the controller and reset. I have tried multiple times with different USB cables but I keep getting the same result.

Does this issue sound familiar to anyone? I am feeling like there is a hardware issue with the controller. Can you helpful people point me in the direction of some diagnostic information? I am not super experienced with electronics but I am comfortable basic operations like checking for voltage or short circuits with a multimeter.

Cheers

TechAUmNu
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Sounds like its faulty, the usb cable should never get warm!! 

TheJohnson
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The plot thickens.

I tried again this evening. This time I powered the VESC via a 12V lead acid battery. No change in the behavior on my desktop (even after trying several fixes for the USB power surge issue). So I downloaded VESC tool onto my laptop (running Windows 8) and gave that a try. Lo and behold the VESC connects (after a driver update). VESC tool informs me that the firmware is not the most up to date version so I will look at updating and then hooking my motor up to have a play.

 

Stay Tuned.