Make: Arduino — Replace and Re-Flash a Blown Microcontroller Chip

As part of our Make: Arduino project, Riley Porter shows you how easy it is to replace a blown Atmel chip (the microcontroller heart of the Arduino) and to flash the Arduino software onto the new chip. For a few bucks and about 15 minutes of work, you can have your Arduino board back in business.

How to Replace and Re-Flash a Blown Arduino Microcontroller

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6 thoughts on “Make: Arduino — Replace and Re-Flash a Blown Microcontroller Chip

  1. While I haven’t blown a chip yet, I use this exact method to burn the Arduino firmware onto blank Atmel chips. No sense in buying a bunch of dev boards when I only need the chip when building prototype circuits on perf boards.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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