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Is the following connector is valid for Arduino Pro Mini (no BLK and GRN)?

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I was told to make a certain Arduino application, and got some Arduino Pro Mini (ATmeag328 3.3V 8 MHz) with the connector above.

Everytime I tried to upload an example sketch 'Blink', the IDE complains (verbose enabled):

avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 1 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x83
...
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 10 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x83

resp may differ (I saw 0x1f and 0x83)

But, according to the official document, I think that I should use some FTDI thing, which has 6 pins including BLK and GRN.

I wonder whether I can use the existing 4-pin connector, or whether I must use 6-pin FTDI connector.

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    BLK and GRN sound like Wire colors and those may vary from product to product. Look at what the function of the wires are and not the colors. – Delta_G Jul 28 '17 at 12:23
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    You need a DTR signal to connect to reset to enter the bootloader, of manually enter the bootloader at the right time by pressing the reset button. – Majenko Jul 28 '17 at 12:34
  • Thank you for comments. I realized that BLK and GRN are not relevant in my case. After compiling, I press reset button manually, start upload, release the button, and upload succeeds. It's somewhat inconvenient. I need to get some board to do it automatically. – Jeon Jul 28 '17 at 12:49
  • >"After compiling, I press reset button manually" <-- That's due to missing DTR connection. If your USB TTY adapter does not expose a jumper for DTR, you may be able to solder one on by tracing where the DTR pin is on your particular USB-TTY chip. – Crossfit_and_Beer Feb 27 '18 at 2:42
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If you look at the picture in your link, you would see that BLK is ground (GND) and GRN is DTR, that is used to reset the board and enter the bootloader for programming.

As Majenko said, without DTR you will need to press the reset button at the right time, to enter the bootloader.

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