Hello, all you beautiful people!
I'm working on a project in sub-Saharan Africa, and am in a tad of a rush (less than 2 weeks).
Here's my situation: I bought my Arduino Uno as the OFFICIAL Starter Pack (so no Arduino lookalike). It worked well for several months, but about a week ago when I was using it and coding (so no hardware tampering!), it suddenly disconnected, an error popped up on my PC claiming “The USB device you connected might not be working properly. Windows doesn’t recognize it.”
Ever since then, when I try to plug it in, the Arduino doesn’t show up in my PC’s Device Manager at all.
I can put it into DFU mode. When I do so, it shows up as “Unknown Device” on my PC’s Device Manager. That should mean my board and my cable are okay at least, and there are issues with the USB-to-serial chip - in my case, it's ATmega16U2. (Is that a right conclusion to make?)
I’ve even tried Updating the Drivers on the Unknown Device, using Arduino Uno drivers stored in my default Arduino folder, but I get a "This Device Cannot Start. (Code 10)" error every time I try that.
I’ve tried unplugging the RX/TX pins as well (as I had a Bluetooth module and a WiFi module plugged into pins 0, 1, 2, and 3, and thought that might be causing ruckus), but nothing changed.
Please, would you recommend any solution to this?
PS: My microchip is the classic Arduino Uno ATmega328P-PU, if mentioning that makes any difference.