In August 2014, we (unknowingly at the time) sent out nearly 2000 MicroViews without bootloaders. Void of a bootloader, the MicroView is essentially un-programmable – that exciting Arduino platform becomes a glorified paperweight.
If you’ve received a defective unit, first of all: we’re so sorry! We’re shipping replacements as fast as we can build them, you’ll be getting one soon. In the mean time, this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill.
In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through every step involved in loading a bootloader onto the MicroView: disassembling the enclosure, wiring up an assortment of programmers in a variety of ways, programming the bootloader, and testing it out.