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Mega328 shipped with Boarduino (DC version) seems dead
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Mega328 shipped with Boarduino (DC version) seems dead

by Chris Marrin on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:09 pm

I built a Boarduino, got the power light to come up and plugged in the mega328 that came with the board. Pressing reset got the red led to blink 3 times, so all seemed well. But attempting to program the board (using the Arduino IDE on a Mac), using both an FTDI cable and an AVR Dragon, gave an error:

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avrdude: jtagmkII_setparm(): bad response to set parameter command:RSP_FAILED
avrdude: jtagmkII_getsync(): ISP activation failed, trying debugWire
avrdude: jtagmkII_setparm(): bad response to set parameter command:RSP_DEBUGWIRE_SYNC_FAILED
avrdude: failed to sync with the AVR Dragon in ISP mode
avrdude: jtagmkII_close(): timeout/error communicating with programmer (status -1)


I also ran a program called AVRFuses to read the fuses on the part and this failed as well.

So, I grabbed a known good mega328, plugged it in and retried. It worked fine. I was able to program the Blink example and see the LED on the Boarduino blink normally. I also verified that the AVRFuses program could read the fuses while the part was plugged into the Boarduino. Seems like I have a bad mega328? Are there other things I should try to see what the problem might be?

I've sent in a request for a new 328.

PS - I'm really happy with the small size and functionality of the Boarduino. I look forward to using it to breadboard my projects!
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Re: Mega328 shipped with Boarduino (DC version) seems dead

by adafruit_support_bill on Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:49 pm

So, I grabbed a known good mega328, plugged it in and retried. It worked fine.

That pretty much confirms that the boarduino and programming setup is right. If you contact support@adafruit.com with a link to this thread we'll send you a new one.
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