Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AVRISP mkII & Arduino 1.0.5

It has been nearly two years since I wrote out the instructions to getting the mkII to work with the Arduio IDE.  After putting a new SSD into my computer, I had to do it over and things are very different but much easier.

So, here's the update:

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to use your AVRISP programmer to upload sketches to the Arduino board if you own one. In fact, it might be worth spending the $35.
  • No bootloader delay when booting.
  • Can use the serial port for something else without having to disconnect it to upload.
  • Faster.
  • Don't have to worry about which bootloader (OPTIBOOT?) and version (today v4.4) to install.
  • Can use all of the flash space on the ATmega.

Step 1: Install Arduino 1.0.5 for Windows

On 12/18/2013 it was located here:

Step 2: Install libusb-win32 from SourceForge

  1. Visit: On 12/18/2013 the latest release was:
  2. Unzip somewhere.
  3. Run \libusb-win32-bin-\bin\inf-wizard.exe
  4. Select AVRISP mkII
  5. And follow the instructions to create the INF and install the driver.

It should be installed correctly:

Step 3: There is no step 3, you are done.

There isn't a text file to edit or any other modifications necessary. To upload using the mkII, simply select Upload Using Programmer from the GUI:

And, you can burn the bootloader too:

So, it is as simple as that!