# Arduino ISP ATtiny problems

As I was trying to program my ATtiny chip with my arduino, I ran across some problems. Note that I know that this problem is faced almost in every Q and A site and forum so don't flag me as repeat yet. (I was trying to burn the bootloader so my chip runs at 8MHz)

So this is the error code:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avrdude -CC:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/etc/avrdude.conf -v -v -v -v -pattiny85 -cstk500v1 -PCOM1 -b19200 -e -Uefuse:w:0xff:m -Uhfuse:w:0xdf:m -Ulfuse:w:0xe2:m

avrdude: Version 6.3, compiled on Jan 17 2017 at 12:00:53
Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Brian Dean, http://www.bdmicro.com/

System wide configuration file is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/etc/avrdude.conf"

Using Port                    : COM1
Using Programmer              : stk500v1
Overriding Baud Rate          : 19200
avrdude: Send: 0 [30]   [20]
avrdude: Send: 0 [30]   [20]
avrdude: Send: 0 [30]   [20]
avrdude: ser_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 1 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x03
avrdude: ser_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 10 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x03

avrdude done.  Thank you.



* deleted attempt 2 to 9 *

Although a solution to this problem will be very nice, that is not my intention here. I tried almost all solutions I have found and non of them work, and I want to know why. So these are my questions:

1. What does this code actually mean? The for example the "programmer", is it referring to the Arduino or the ATtiny(or the highly unlikely, laptop that im using.)
2. How do I access more error codes, if there are any, as I think that these codes really do not tell that much.
3. [Solved]To prevent Arduino from auto-resetting, almost all tutorials connect the Reset pin to the Ground pin with a 10uF capacitor, and I don't have one. I tried with various other capacitors that I have(22uF, 0.4uF, 0.22uF, 47uF, and 330uF). I do not know how does the capacitance affect the anti auto-resetting function, so some explanation here is helpful. [solved]

EDIT: I disconnected the ATtiny and the same error code persists. This, I conclude as either I never had a proper connection with the ATtiny, or the problem is with the communication of my laptop with the Arduino.

• You need to select the correct programmer in them menu. You need to select Aruino as ISP. Also try the "upload using programmer" option. – Gerben May 25 '17 at 13:34
• @Gerben I am on Arduino as ISP. I just tried the upload using programmer, but same error code. – See Jian Shin May 25 '17 at 13:42
• Re 10μF capacitor, a 22μF should work in its place. See ArduinoISP on Uno requires 10uF cap -- WHY? on arduino.cc for more. – James Waldby - jwpat7 May 25 '17 at 16:59
• @JamesWaldby-jwpat7 I have been looking for something like this for ages. Thanks James. Now that's one problem out of the way. – See Jian Shin May 26 '17 at 2:34