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I have the Atmel AVR ATmega8-16pc microcontroller, and have made the pc board for it. I've checked the pc board, and AFAIK there are not shorts, and everything that should gets power (~4.5v) The power is provided from a 7.2v 180ma transformer and a 5v regulator on the pc board. power is on when trying to connect.

I just received the serial-AVR programming cable and when I plug it in and look at device manager it says com 1. (I have it enabled)

The problem is that ponyprog2000 doesn't recognize it being connected. I have set ponyprog2000 to com 1, but don't know what to set the other options to.

Here are some pics.

Is there anything I could do to maybe test if the Microcontroller is ok.


i'm afraid this post will be of limited help as i've never used the PonyProg2000 and haven't programmed AVRs from windows before...

so is the PonyProg a powered device or just a fancy serial cable?
i'm thinking that maybe the software isn't supposed to actually recognise the cable as a device.
will the software let you try to program the AVR without having recognised the cable?

if no one else on here has any suggestions you could try the PonyProg forum:

good luck!


Thanks for the link. I'll try it after school

ponyprog is a piece of software.
I'll click write all and it'll pop-up missing componect. If I click ignore It'll continue and then say writing failed

I've tried alot of stuff and it still don't work

Can I get another pc board at RadioShack, and just solder the headers to program it, and 5v regulator, just so I can program it. or at least try.

I've ran an ohm meter and AFAIK everything that is suposed to is connected.

you probably have this covered but when you build the stripped down circuit for programming it would be worth soldering on any capacitors that Admin suggests between the +ive and GND lines. (to help smooth any ripples in the power.)
but yes, otherwise all you need on there is the atmega8 and the power regulator.



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