I made a simple test sketch to make my ATTiny85 emulate a Keyboard and send a sequence of keystrokes.

#include "DigiKeyboard.h"
void setup() {
  // don't need to set anything up to use DigiKeyboard

void loop() {
  DigiKeyboard.sendKeyStroke(106); // F15
  DigiKeyboard.delay(59 * 1000);

It worked fine, but now every time I plug it to the USB port on my computer, Windows detects it as a Keyboard and starts typing what I programmed it to type.

Arduino IDE can't reprogram it. When it says "Plug in device now", I do it, but it immediately acts like a Keyboard, not like a programmable ATTiny85.

Arduino IDE

Note: Image shows the console output. Code is just a simple blinker.

Is there any way to save this board? I just want to upload another sketch to it. Maybe some way to rewrite the bootloader or to erase the flash memory entirely.

Also, please give me some advice so I can avoid being locked out again in the future. I really want to use this board as a Keyboard emulator, but I want to be able to reprogram it if necessary.


  • 1
    Please don't post images of code. Just copy and post your code into the editor, and then format it as a code sample. Aug 22, 2022 at 23:24
  • @sempaiscuba the code is not the important part of the image... The console output is. Aug 22, 2022 at 23:42
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    add the console output as text, not a picture
    – jsotola
    Aug 22, 2022 at 23:52
  • use a switch or a jumper to enable the keyboard code
    – jsotola
    Aug 22, 2022 at 23:53
  • You have nothing connected to the board at all except the computer?
    – timemage
    Aug 23, 2022 at 0:25

1 Answer 1


If you can't access the bootloader using USB your remaining option is ISP/ICSP (In-Circuit Serial Programming). I have that digispark board and I have never been able to program it using Arduino's IDE/USB. However, since then I always use both an USBasp programmer and the AVRDUDESS programming tool. With them you can eassily program the controller (they have never failed me). Connect the SPI, +5V, GND and RESET connectors from the ATTINY85 to the programmer, compile the code, program the binaries with AVRDUDESS and voila.

  • Hello. Could you please add more details to this answer? What is USBasp? AVRDUDESS? Which "programmer" are you talking about? Is it a separated device? Mar 28, 2023 at 23:49
  • I added some details to my response. Yes, USBasp is a separate device, a programmer typically implemented with an Atmel AVR controller. You can easily buy them from Ebay or someplace else. AVRDUDESS is a GUI tool to help you flash the compiled binary into the target controller, i.e., the attiny85 in this case.
    – jcfgonc
    Mar 29, 2023 at 14:30
  • You can learn a lot from Have I bricked my Arduino Uno? Problems with uploading to board
    – sa_leinad
    Apr 28, 2023 at 16:31

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