Burning the Arduino Bootloader with your Arduino as the ISP programmer
June 28, 2010
I noticed that the Arduino 0018 software included the option of using an existing Arduino as a programmer for burning the bootloader onto blank ATmega chips.Below is my Arduino Nano configured as per the instructions.
This sounds like a great idea but I am having trouble getting it to work in practise. Usually I get this error:
avrdude: Expected signature for ATMEGA8 is 1E 93 07 when trying to program the ATmega8A despite the fact that the datasheet claims that is the signature for the ATmega8A.
I get the same error no matter what chip I try to program.
I am using an Arduino Nano (ATmega168) for the programmer and I have tried programming an ATmega 8A, 168-20AU and a 1280-16AU with no luck. I have also tried using an Arduino Mega as the programmer with similar results :(
I am currently researching different methods of burning the Arduino bootloader onto ATmega8 chips for a new prototype Bi-Ped I am working on. Has anyone used this method successfully?