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Sep 14, 2012, 02:55 am Last Edit: Sep 16, 2012, 12:02 am by cubedparadox Reason: 1
I've recently corrupted my arduino's bootloader, and need to burn a new chip.
The problem that I've been having is that when I go into the arduino software under tools/bootloader, there aren't any options.
If I just click on the bootloader button, than I get the following error : avrdude: usbdev_open(): did not find any USB device "usb"  
I've tried everything I can think of but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. thanks in advance!


what are you using to load the bootloader? you cant install new software using a chip without a bootloader to init the serial lines and other magic


I am trying to burn a bootloader to an arduino uno through its usb cable. I am using the arduino software and have no bootloader options. I hope that's what you were asking. The bootloader options eg: w/Parallel Programer, w/USBtinyISP, etc. are not there, instead Burn Bootloader is a button.

Louis Davis

You can't burn the bootloader through the Arduino USB cable.

You need to use an ISP or you can use another Arduino to function as an ISP.

The way you choose the programmer is different with the current version of the software. (See attached image)

After you select the Programmer, then you click Burn Bootloader.


Thanks for the reply, I have a new arduino that I can use to program my old one, could you detail how I would go about wiring that up? thanks!

Louis Davis

Here is an excellent article and program created by our very own Nick Gammon:


He has created a sketch that makes it very straight forward to program bootloaders in a variety of boards.

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