So playing around with an arduino uno, I was powering it with a 12volt battery (putting power between Vin and Gnd) and I fat fingered the battery terminals, putting them in reverse (oops)
I see smoke coming out of the 5 volt regulator (the little 3 pin IC). I immediately pull out the battery thinking I've just bricked this thing.
After a minute or two I plug the battery in again (taking care to plug it in straight this time) and to my surprise it works, works pretty well. The last sketch I uploaded works perfectly fine.
I've been using the same thing for an hour or so. But now I wanted to upload another sketch and it doesn't upload. The voltages seem to be fine, I'm putting in 11.8 volts on Vin, there is 5.12 volts on 5v and 3.34 volts on 3v3
I thought there may be some problem with the voltage regulator, so I tried connecting it directly to the USB (powering it from USB) but still the same thing.
I find it intriguing that it works perfectly for everything except uploading new sketches, especially after such an explosive oopsie. Can any of you chaps deduce what the problem might be? I have a USBasp module so I can reburn the bootloader, but I doubt that's the problem.