I got my hands on one of these ISP programmer for Atmel AVR microcontroller in USB stick design:

mySmartUSB light

Then I selected Progammer > AVR ISP and clicked on Burn Bootloader but it says

stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding.

Has anybody any experience doing this and if so, could they point me in the right direction?

Edit: I've also added the following to programmers.txt

  • What operating system?
    – Majenko
    Oct 6, 2017 at 18:30
  • @Majenko windows 8.1 Drivers seem to be fine and this device works with Atmel Studio
    – rory
    Oct 6, 2017 at 18:31
  • Did you select the right com port for the programmer?
    – Delta_G
    Oct 10, 2017 at 15:48
  • @Delta_G sigh, I was had the board port instead of the programmer's port. Can you write it as an answer so I can mark correct and award the bounty
    – rory
    Oct 15, 2017 at 14:35

2 Answers 2


That error is common and usually means you either have the wrong board selected or the wrong port. Check the tools menu. Be sure you have the port for the programmer and not the port for the board if the board is also connected.


What if you use another Arduino to burn bootloader on your Arduino 2560? Check this(click here) tutorial on my Github page. Maybe this will help.

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