Im a total noob and I am building the $50 robot and I am using the AVRISP Mk II programmer. When I went to program it with the .hex file to zero the servo's for modification, everything seemed fine. I told it to program the hex file into the flash mem and use current simulator/emulator EEPROM mem (was that wrong?). When it was done programming the flash, it said that it couldnt read it back, but i could hear the servo move for a second. I erased it and tried it a few more times, with the same result. I disconnected everyting, and when I reconnect the battery to the board, the servo moves, but when I go into AVR studio again, it fails whenever it tries to go into programming mode. I cant erase it or anything.
I never downloaded WinAVR, was that wrong?
I double checked all my wiring, everything seems OK.
When i pulled the microcontroller from the breadboard and replaced it with a new one, everthing seemed to work again, (it erased OK), but I didnt want to fry this one too, it's my last one and I have to be done with this in two weeks.