Interpreting the Brain Status Icon in VEXcode IQ

You can identify the Brain’s status by looking at the icon.

Brain Icon Color
Brain Icon Status
White No connection - The Brain is not connected to the computer properly or is not powered on.
Orange Connected but the Brain's firmware is not up-to-date.
Green Connected with up-to-date firmware and ready for a download.

White Brain Icon

There is no Brain connected.

  • Make sure the Brain is properly wired to your computer and powered on.
  • Check that the USB cable is working properly.
  • Make sure the Battery is charged.

Orange Brain Icon (2nd gen)


If you are using VEX IQ (2nd generation), you can update the Firmware by selecting Update in the dialogue box.

Orange Brain Icon (1st gen)

If you are using VEX IQ (1st gen), you will need to update the Brain using the VEXos Firmware Utility. 

Green Brain Icon


You are ready to download your project.

For more information, help, and tips, check out the many resources at VEX Professional Development Plus

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