LEGO MindStorms Robotics Invention System

CD-ROM from set 9747

Application Details:

Version: 1.5
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.16-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • The splash screen from the CD.

If an installation is extracted from Windows, some screens from the software can be started by starting the corresponding exe directly, including:

  • the RCX programming environment (tools/Logobloc/logobloc.exe)
  • the main menu (navigate/main/main.exe)

What does not

  • The installer (Unhandled exception: page fault on read access to 0x00001b59 in 32-bit code (0x6ed5f470))
  • The main application (Probe.exe) does not launch correctly, complaining about missing components.
  • Saving code to a file from within Logobloc.exe crashes the application.
  • Downloading code to the RCX over a serial-port connected IR tower.
  • Some text is missing.
  • Menu buttons don't work.
  • Videos.


Extract installation from Windows (i.e. C:\Program Files\LEGO MINDSTORMS or similar) and place it under $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program Files or similar). Copy over the C:\Windows\Probe.ini settings file and atl.dll from the CD into $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/windows/system.

Run probe.exe on a different virtual monitor so that it's active and ignore the error popups. This seems to improve the file saving from Logobloc.exe, resulting in files being written to disk (choose a simple location like Desktop), even if Logobloc.exe still crashes afterwards.

What was not tested

The help system.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

It appears that the menu navigation and movie playback issues might not be blockers: in a Windows installation one can launch Probe.exe (the main program) and then separately launch tools/Logobloc/logobloc.exe (the programming GUI) and still get a working codeing environment. However, launching logobloc.exe by itself in Windows does not result in a working environment, in this case it does not appear to know which COM port it should use to talk to the robot.

I used WINEARCH=win32 and set the Windows version in winecfg to Windows 98.

I tried to register the dlls using: cd "$WINEPREFIX/drive_c/wherever/LEGO MINDSTORMS"; for dll in $(find . -iname '*.dll'); do WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/path/to/your/wine regsvr32 $dll; done

My wine would automatically assing my USB to serial adapter a COM port number >4, and it looks like the LEGO Robotics Invention System 1.5 software only supports COM port numbers up to 4, so I changed the wine COM port number using the instructions at

It looks like under Windows Logobloc.exe launches system/RCXcc.exe, system/VPBrick.exe and ./system/RCXdrv.exe. These don't seem to get launched for me. If I launch them by hand before starting Logobloc.exe, I appear to get one less red popup in Logobloc.exe, but there are errors in the console output of those tools.

Aside: if you want/need to, you can install the RCX firmware using nqc: nqc -S/dev/ttyUSB0 -firmware ./Firm/*.lgo to avoid needing to do it from the tutorial or the settings menu.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Sep 10 20227.16-stagingNo, but has workaround No YesGarbageM 

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