I am working on a 3D printer, and have an arduino based extruder controller (Info page here http://reprap.org/wiki/Extruder_Controller_2.2#Burn_the_Bootloader
)that I am trying to burn a bootloader to with my USBTinyISP (http://www.ladyada.net/make/usbtinyisp/
). Unfortunately, when I try to do this from the Arduino IDE, I get the error
initialization failed, rc=-1 Double check connections and try again, or use -F to override this check.
. I believe that this indicates that the Arduino IDE is able to communicate with the ISP, but not with the chip I am trying to burn the bootloader to. I checked the cables from the ISP to the Arduino clone, and they were correct. I built both the extruder controller and the ISP from kits, so there is a possiblility I made a mistake. To try to see if my ISP was working I trued to burn a bootloader to my official Arduino Duemilanove, which of course already had a bootloader, and I got the same error message. Since I couldn't burn a bootloader to a known working arduino, I thought that the issue must be my ISP, so I followed the tutorial on the Arduino site for using the Arduino as an ISP, but I got the error
Yikes! Invalid device signature.
Double check connections and try again, or use -F to override
I've tried everything I can think of. Does anybody have any ideas on what to try next? I'm willing to try anything at this point. Thanks in advance for all suggestions