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Trouble with hard reset of PICAXE 08m

I am brand new to microcontrollers and I seem to be having an issue with my 08m. When the chip is waiting for inputs (INFRAIN2, readadc) it hangs, which I believe is expected behavior. However I am unable to re-download a bas module once this has happenned. I have tried the documented hard-reset (turn off power, start the download, then turn on power) to no avail. I think I have broken two chips now! Any ideas as to what I may be doing incorrectly?

Thanks in advance!

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I have had this issue many, many times and it has always been some stupid, simple thing I am missing... I think I have done everything you can do wrong to these chips and they are pretty bullet-proof (I haven't used a 9v yet, though). At any rate, every time I have a problem like this, it allways ends up with me saying "damn, why didn't I notice that"... Case in point, I fried 4 pots before I remembered the data pin (for analog signal) on the 28x board is in the MIDDLE!!! My advice, grab your multimeter (measure-thingy) and check everything step-by-step...

One more, I have noticed that sometimes my Picaxe Programmer just seems to stop sync'ing from time to time, for no reason at all... I have to close and reopen the program to get it working again. This might be a problem with my computer -i.e. cache or memory or something, but there you go.

 

----This is a simple problem, you just gotta find it.

If you have damaged the chip then there is something wrong with your circuit otherwise how are you powering your circuit? Bad regulation or flat batteries could be your problem. As jklug80 says, it could also be your download circuit. Is brownout detect enabled?

As number 5 would say:- NEED MORE INPUT :D

Are you using resistors in your download circuit? Are you using a project board? What voltage are you using? Please post some pictures and additional details. Sometimes I have to do 3 or 4 hard resets. Also describe what you are doing.

Press reset button or remove batteries, press F5, reconnect batteries or release reset button.