Issue with STK500

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The ATmega that comes with the board seems to be stuck in its socket really well. I've tried to no avail to get the thing out, even tried prying it out with a screwdriver. Are these things supposed to come so strongly sealed to their socket? Any tips to get this darn thing out? I could really use a simple IC pulling tool right now :?

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Sometimes the chips are stuck. We all had that experience. You are not alone....

Your best answer is to get them out very careful. Prying with a thin thingy - just do it careful and from both sides.

Next time, make sure that the chip pins are bended into the right position by pressing the pins towards the housing on a flat surface.

Good luck!