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Burning the Arduino Bootloader onto an ATmega168PA using an Arduino Uno


This tutorial explains how to use an Arduino board (Arduino Uno) as an AVR ISP (in-system programmer). This allows you to use the board to burn the bootloader onto an AVR (the ATmega168 used in Arduino). This steps have been tested with Arduino 022 and Windows as OS. (Not the same in results on Linux :( )

Attention: This is not required for normal use of the Dagu Wild Thumper Controller Board (normally come with a bootloader).

This tutorials is based on the tutorials and These instructions are based on Arduino 022 running on Windows (not successful results on Linux).


Close the Arduino IDE.

  • Open the IDE. You will see three new boards:

Open the ArduinoISP firmware (in Examples) to your Arduino board.

  • Select Tools > Board and Tools > Serial Port > Arduino Uno (the board that we are using as a programmer)
  • Upload the ArduinoISP sketch into your programmer
  • Disconnect the USB cable from the Arduino Uno.
  • Wire the Wild Thumper Controller with the Arduino Uno as shown in the picture
  • Plug in your USB cable to the programmer (Arduino Uno). Select the item in the Tools > Board > DAGU product w/Atmega 168, then the item Tools > Burn Bootloader > Arduino as ISP.
  • If this doesn't work, execute cmd.exe and execute the following command:
C:\Users\....\arduino-0022\hardware/tools/avr/bin/avrdude -CC:\Users\...\arduino-0022\hardware/tools/avr/etc/avrdude.conf
-v -v -v -v -patmega168p -cstk500v1 -P\\.\COM4 -b19200 -e -Ulock:w:0x3F:m -Uefuse:w:0x00:m-Uhfuse:w:0xdd:m -Ulfuse:w:0xff:m -F

You have to complete this command with the exactly location of the folder arduino-0022. The bootloader have been burn!

  • Close all Arduino IDE windows
  • Open arduino-0022\arduino-0022\lib\preferences.txt and change: upload.using=bootloader by upload.using=arduinoisp
  • Open the Arduino IDE, open your sketch. Make sure Tools > Board is set to the target chip.
  • Compile and upload the sketch