When I write '13' to the EEPROM and read it straight after it works correctly.

However when I comment out the write part of the code and try to just read the data, the value is no longer 13 as it used to be but reverts back to 255. Whats going on?

I am running a standalone atmega328 on a breadboard with a 16mhz crystal, programmed by a Nano R3.

void setup() {
pinMode(2, OUTPUT);


void loop() {


void scoreBinary(){

int score= EEPROM.read(1);


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By default the EEPROM in the MCU is erased (to 0xff) when the chip is erased before flash is written to. If you want to prevent this then you will need to program EESAVE in the fuse bits, which is bit 3 in the high fuse byte of the '328.

  • Ah! Thank you! Makes sense! Now to change the fuse bit should I change the value in boards.txt ? Currently the high fuse byte is diecimila.menu.cpu.atmega328.bootloader.high_fuses=0xDA (1101 1010 in binary) And I should change this to diecimila.menu.cpu.atmega328.bootloader.high_fuses=0xFA (1111 0111 in binary) Is that correct =/ ?
    – MoKaM
    Apr 11, 2015 at 23:11
  • Or perhaps theres something I can type in the cmd using avrdude?
    – MoKaM
    Apr 11, 2015 at 23:12
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    Read the current high fuse value (avrdude ... -U hfuse:r:-:h), bitwise-and it with 0xf7, and write it back out. Apr 12, 2015 at 0:40

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