I don't post much in here, but i seem to be at a loss.
I bought CrossRoads remote programmer, and found it would not upload the sketch HEX file with the bootloader attached (for a Mega2560). no big deal, i thought. i grabbed my USBasp programmer, that i have had much success with in the past, and re-upload the bootloader. now, i have not used it in a while, so i don't know at what point it became unrecognized, but it failed, stating:
Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 8), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Mega or Mega 2560, ATmega2560 (Mega 2560)" C:\Users\Travis\Documents\Backup\Arduino_1-8-5\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avrdude -CC:\Users\Travis\Documents\Backup\Arduino_1-8-5\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/etc/avrdude.conf -v -patmega2560 -cusbasp -Pusb -e -Ulock:w:0x3F:m -Uefuse:w:0xFD:m -Uhfuse:w:0xD8:m -Ulfuse:w:0xFF:m avrdude: Version 6.3, compiled on Jan 17 2017 at 12:00:53 Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Brian Dean, http://www.bdmicro.com/ Copyright (c) 2007-2014 Joerg Wunsch System wide configuration file is "C:\Users\Travis\Documents\Backup\Arduino_1-8-5\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/etc/avrdude.conf" Using Port : usb Using Programmer : usbasp avrdude: Warning: cannot query manufacturer for device: No such file or directory Error while burning bootloader. avrdude: Warning: cannot query product for device: No such file or directory avrdude: error: could not find USB device with vid=0x16c0 pid=0x5dc vendor='www.fischl.de' product='USBasp' avrdude done. Thank you.
in the windows device manager, the USBasp is recognized correctly.
any thoughts? i can't remember where i got my USBasp (somewhere on eBay), so i have no idea if there are updated drivers for it.
Thanks in advance for any help. :D