I am pretty new to AVR's and electronics in general. I only recently learned how to solder on youtube.
In my ignorance, I have miss-wired chips, done poor soldering jobs etc and after I do this, sometimes the micro controller stops working. I have two in a box but I also threw away two before I decided to start saving them. Last night I was soldering the pins on a atmel butterfly and some how a little solder ball landed right between the mcu and a little capacitor, connecting 3 pins to each other and the cap. Of course, I powered it up before I noticed the problem and it didn't work work. I removed the battery and then the ball with a small tug of some some tweezers, and nothing!
Up till now I have assumed that microcontrollers are delicate things and can die if you do something wrong. But, while reading through this forum I came across this post
david.prentice - Jun 06, 2010 - 06:28 AM
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: AVR damaged? How about a photograph of the kitchen table, AVR, clothes pegs and crystal?
As a general rule, AVRs work just fine until you emit smoke from them.
If you have not seen or smelled any smoke, the AVR is fine. Your wiring is crap.
So I have not seen any smoke yet but I have seen dead micros. Is there any way to bring my butterfly back to life?