Pololu USB AVR Programmer 1300 ISP Mode Error

I need help using the Pololu USB AVR Programmer 1300 under Windows XP SP3 (with AVR Studio 4.18) to program the ATmega168 on my Baby Orangutan 168.

“ISP Mode Error” is the complaint from AVR Studio. This appears to be exact same problem referenced here without a resolution:

In avrdude I get the following text:

avrdude -p m168 -c avrispv2 -P com5
avrdude: stk500v2_command(): command failed
avrdude: stk500v2_command(): unknown status 0xc9
avrdude: stk500v2_program_enable(): cannot get connection status
avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1
Double check connections and try agian, or use -F to override this check.

I formerly used usbtiny by ladyada with good results but it died so I decided to try this one. Though I didn’t build the kit the AVR Programmer is so feature rich I couldn’t resist!

Baby Orangutan is powered with Lipo battery currently showing 8.32 volts. The Green power LED on the Baby Orangutan is on. I have removed all the jumpers in my project from the controller except power and ground.

It appears I have solved this on my own. The IDC ribbon is installed in a different configuration than with the usbtiny. In short, it helps to plug the programmer in the right way. /Smacks forhead: should of had a V-8!


I’m glad to hear you got it working!

- Ben