Currently I'm working on a project using an ATmega 2560 microcontroller card with a 10 MHz crystal. My main goal is to use the Arduino IDE to upload sketches to this chip to run my bread board circuit. In the beginning I had planned to use Atmel Studio to upload Arduino Sketches, but I decided to go with the more direct route. I am using two programmers, the Atmel ICE, and the Atmel AVR ISP MKii.

Anyway, here is my issue. I tried to use the Arduino IDE and the MKii to burn the bootloader to the chip. However, it did not work. It uploaded, but I was at that point no longer able to communicate with the device. When I switched to Atmel Studio, and used the ICE programmer, my chip could not be read and recognized (whereas before it could). I can't even program it. (I had bought two.)

I then figured I would try and read the fuse bits on the other programmer and burn the bootloader using Atmel Studio (since the Arduino IDE has no information on this), and I looked up the proper bits to change and then burned the bootloader. It worked fine, and I then changed the fuse bits which resulted in an error and now I again could talk to the device.

I am guessing that something is going wrong with the suggested fuse bits, but I do not know how to change them or how to fix this. The original fuse bits that I read from the device are listed below (before I messed it up).

I checked my wiring a billion times and it is all perfect. I just need suggestions to fix this mess, thanks.

OCDEN = [ ]
WDTON = [ ]
EESAVE = [ ]
BOOTSZ = 4096W_1F000
CKDIV8 = [ ]
CKOUT = [ ]
EXTENDED = 0xFF (valid)
HIGH = 0x98 (valid)
LOW = 0xC2 (valid)

LOCKBIT = 0xFF (valid)

Detected device
Device name       ATmega2560
Device signature  0x1E9801
  • Make sure the crystal is connected and the proper capacitors are connected to it. – Gerben Nov 20 '14 at 16:58

If AVR is bricked because of wrong fuses I suppose it's typically non-working external oscillator you need provide signal to particular AVR pin to get programmer working again. Thread related to unbricking http://www.avrfreaks.net/forum/locked-out-atmega-328p-possible-clocklow-fuse-byte-issue.

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