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Topic: Standalone Arduino (Breadboard) and Error With Upload - reminder (Read 2834 times) previous topic - next topic


I picked up a Atmega328 (w bootloader) from Sparkfun and followed the tutorial here http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/Tutorials/ArduinoBreadboard - which was very helpful.  Was able to get everything done correctly but found that I could not download to the chip using the IDE.  Kept receiving this:
Binary sketch size: 1018 bytes (of a 30720 byte maximum)
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00
avrdude: stk500_disable(): protocol error, expect=0x14, resp=0x51

After some searching and reading up on things, I found some tidbits that mentioned the need to click the reset button when uploading sketches.  However, I could not find anything on the timing of this.  So,  here is the soln (that worked for me). 

Make sure that the power source is connected, the USB cable is plugged into your computer and that the drivers are all setup correctly. Load your sketch and select the correct board.  I selected the "Duemillanove or Nano w/Atmel328" (yours may differ).  The trick is the timing, and this may take a few tries depending on how fast your machine compiles the sketch. In my case, it took a few seconds from clicking the Upload button, to the status at the bottom going from 'blank' (in the black area) to "Binary Sketch Size.....".  The trick is that you click the Upload button in the IDE and the moment you see ""Binary Sketch Size..." text appear in the status area, click the reset button on your Arduino breadboard setup.   Then you should see the lights flash on the USB board showing TX/RX. Then blink! 

So, it could just been that I am completely in the dark and everyone else knows this, but there it is in case it's not out there and you find yourself in the same position as I did ...   :)

As my Nona would say..  "No maka me smart!"


It's something related with TRIAL and error method, it is known to many experts as earlier the arduino had to be reseted in the same way.

By the way it's really nice to share Successful endeavors help many newly engaged!  XD
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As Nishant said, the trick of resetting the board manually at the right time is well known among some people and good to learn for others.

A more elegant solution to the problem is to add a 100nF ceramic capacitor between pin 1 (RST) on the Atmega and DTR on that FT232 if that's what you'r using. That way a reset will be triggered automatically at the right time.


Mar 14, 2011, 04:37 pm Last Edit: Mar 14, 2011, 04:39 pm by alparent Reason: 1
You trying to download the bootloader or a sketch?

If your trying to download a sketch (connecting the RX and TX from a empty Arduino board).
Add a jumper between the reset pin an the board and the reset pin on the other atmega chip. 

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