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I am getting an error while trying to upload programs to the Attiny85 through a USBTinyISP programmer, found here. Unfortunately, it isn't working. Following this tutorial for connecting the board and this tutorial for programming it with the Arduino IDE. My code is:

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:

}

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:

}

A picture of my setup, which I checked at least 10 times:

setup

However, I get this error message:

avrdude: Version 6.3, compiled on Jun 22 2016 at 16:05:21
     Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Brian Dean, http://www.bdmicro.com/
     Copyright (c) 2007-2014 Joerg Wunsch

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

     Using Port                    : usb
     Using Programmer              : usbtiny
avrdude: usbdev_open(): Found USBtinyISP, bus:device: bus-0:\\.\libusb0-0001--0x1781-0x0c9f
         AVR Part                      : ATtiny85
         Chip Erase delay              : 400000 us
         PAGEL                         : P00
         BS2                           : P00
         RESET disposition             : possible i/o
         RETRY pulse                   : SCK
         serial program mode           : yes
         parallel program mode         : yes
         Timeout                       : 200
         StabDelay                     : 100
         CmdexeDelay                   : 25
         SyncLoops                     : 32
         ByteDelay                     : 0
         PollIndex                     : 3
         PollValue                     : 0x53
         Memory Detail                 :

                              Block Poll               Page                       Polled
       Memory Type Mode Delay Size  Indx Paged  Size   Size #Pages MinW  MaxW   ReadBack
       ----------- ---- ----- ----- ---- ------ ------ ---- ------ ----- ----- ---------
       eeprom        65    12     4    0 no        512    4      0  4000  4500 0xff 0xff
       flash         65     6    32    0 yes      8192   64    128 30000 30000 0xff 0xff
       signature      0     0     0    0 no          3    0      0     0     0 0x00 0x00
       lock           0     0     0    0 no          1    0      0  9000  9000 0x00 0x00
       lfuse          0     0     0    0 no          1    0      0  9000  9000 0x00 0x00
       hfuse          0     0     0    0 no          1    0      0  9000  9000 0x00 0x00
       efuse          0     0     0    0 no          1    0      0  9000  9000 0x00 0x00
       calibration    0     0     0    0 no          1    0      0     0     0 0x00 0x00

     Programmer Type : USBtiny
     Description     : USBtiny simple USB programmer, http://www.ladyada.net/make/usbtinyisp/
avrdude: programmer operation not supported

avrdude: Using SCK period of 10 usec
avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1
         Double check connections and try again, or use -F to override
         this check.

An error occurred while uploading the sketch
avrdude done.  Thank you.

Can someone please help me to fix this problem? Thank you.

P.S.: On a website that talked about this error message and a similar programmer said to take out a jumper. I took out the only jumper on the programmer and it did not affect the error message.

UPDATE: I changed the support from "attiny" by David 0 Mellis to "ATTinyCore" by SpenceKonde. Here is a screenshot of my tools menu:

tools menu

Now I get a different error:

    avrdude: Version 6.3, compiled on Jun 22 2016 at 16:05:21
         Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Brian Dean, http://www.bdmicro.com/
         Copyright (c) 2007-2014 Joerg Wunsch

         System wide configuration file is "C:\Users\loydn\Documents\Arduino\hardware\ATTinyCore-master\avr/avrdude.conf"

         Using Port                    : COM3
         Using Programmer              : arduino
         Overriding Baud Rate          : 2400
         Setting bit clk period        : 5.0
avrdude: ser_open(): can't open device "\\.\COM3": The system cannot find the file specified.



avrdude done.  Thank you.

Problem uploading to board.  See http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Troubleshooting#upload for suggestions.

FIX!!!: It turns out that it was a problem with the programmer. By connecting the Attiny85 to the 10-pin header instead of the 6-pin one, it was able to upload successfully.

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  • Look at the last lines of the output, and do what it says Double check connections and try again, also it would be preferable to not connect anything to certain pins on your board. Please add your code used.
    – Coder9390
    May 12 at 6:21
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    The code is a simple serial sketch. Also, I am not connecting anything to the chip.
    – user76915
    May 12 at 18:29
  • Answers should be posted as answers, not as part of the question :) Glad you worked it out, though. Unrelated, but there's no way to understand what your setup is from that picture. Consider using Fritzing or even a hand-drawn schematic instead. I just see a fuzzy pile of wires and a chip in a breadboard. May 17 at 1:40

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