I have an ArbotiX-m Arduino board, and have followed the setup guide on Trossen robotics all the way to the 5th step. I have a Mac running OS X 10.10 and use Arduino 1.0.5. I installed the necessary drivers and copied the files to the Sketchbook directory. When I try to load the sample ArbotiXBlink program:

// Pin 0 maps to the USER LED on the ArbotiX Robocontroller.
int led = 0;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {                
  // initialize the digital pin as an output.
  pinMode(led, OUTPUT);     

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
  digitalWrite(led, HIGH);   // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level)
  delay(1000);               // wait for a second
  digitalWrite(led, LOW);    // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW
  delay(1000);               // wait for a second

It verifies just fine, but when I click upload, I get:

Binary sketch size: 1,088 bytes (of a 65,536 byte maximum)
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding

Any ideas?

EDIT: The board was trying to get power from the 5V instead of USB

1 Answer 1


I figured why my board wasn't responding! Apparently, the power pin was connected to the 5V supply instead of usb. Silly me!

  • Please add it as an edit. Dec 19, 2014 at 5:45
  • No, this is proper as answers are the vehicle for solutions (even when they come from the asker), while question edits are the means of adding additional detail about the problem. Jan 25, 2015 at 20:57

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