I am so sorry that is happening; that sounds really frustrating, especially when you want to play with your new toy!
When you say you manually updated the RVR’s firmware, did you do that by connecting to the Edu app or via another method?
How are you running the samples? (Are you referring to the “samples” on our How To pages on sdk.sphero.com, which are also in the
getting_started directory in the raspberrypi-python repo?)
It sounds like the issue is likely at the root (with the install of the firmware), but it could also be that the way in which you are running the programs is getting RVR a little out of whack… When I run the program, I am doing so in the terminal by
cding into the
getting_started directory and then, for example,
observer/driving and then running
When doing so, I do not get any feedback in the terminal, the program just “thinks” for a second and then runs.
Looking forward to getting to the bottom of this with you!