Three AVRISPs failed this week. Why?

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Monday morning the Boss came to me asking why he could no longer use his AVRISP-MKII pod to do his work.

It is a Windows 10 machine and the first obvious conclusions was some update over the weekend.
We found no evidence of that.  His system is still not working.

 

Later in the day the manager for the production floor came to me for help saying her AVRISP-MKII pod failed.

This is a Windows 7 machine that is not connected to Internet and does not get updates (for this very reason, that they would break things).
I gave her a different pod and she is happy.

 

Yesterday a colleague's AVRISP-MKII failed.
Windows 10 machine with no evidence of updates found.

A powering down of the machine fixed his issue.
 

These are original, and very old obviously, Atmel AVRISP-MKII USB pods.
Because of their propensity for failing every six months I had a stash of them,

which is now depleted.

 

What is going on here, that there are three failures in one week, two on the same day?
 

Anyone else have pod failures this week?

 

I know the official replacement is the AVR-ICE, some more have been ordered.

 

What is the best replacement for AVRISP-MKII, as actual AVRIIS-MKII, from alternate sources?
 

Last Edited: Wed. Feb 24, 2021 - 04:41 PM
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bpaddock wrote:
What is the best replacement for AVRISP-MKII, as actual AVRIIS-MKII, from alternate sources?
Clone by the ones at Waveshare though function-likes may be stocked at a local or regional distributor.

AVRISP MKII serial or USB? | AVR Freaks

 

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bpaddock wrote:
These are original, and very old obviously, Atmel AVRISP-MKII USB pods.
Because of their propensity for failing every six months I had a stash of them,

 

I have several of them here and used them for ten years and they are still going strong.

 

bpaddock wrote:
What is going on here, that there are three failures in one week, two on the same day?

My guess is the carfarcolus switches are faulty. 

 

Jim

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bpaddock wrote:
His system is still not working.
Does he require PDI or TPI?

If no then consider Pololu's STK500v2 compatible.

Pololu - 5.2. AVR programming using Atmel Studio

 

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Olimex makes a cloan, I have one and works with all programming methods, AS4, AS7, AVRdude

https://www.olimex.com/Products/...

 

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As far as those carfarcolus switches go and only effecting me,

this happened last Saturday:
 

I had to take my 2008 Toyota in for service.  While I was there I took
a 2018 Rav4 hybrid for a test drive.
 

When I discovered it was only getting 24 MPG I was not feeling the
love for this vehicle.  It apparently sensed this.
 

It broke down saying it had multiple sensor failures as well as
started a count down and entered Limp mode.  "Pull over in 0.6
Miles...Pull over in 0.3 Miles...".  I pulled over into a parking lot
at the 0.3 mark. I was afraid when it reached zero it would leave me
stuck in the middle of the road.
 

I called the dealer and they sent someone to pick me up.  The Service
Department fellow said that this kind of thing rarely happens.  He
thought it might have happened six months ago.  He also said "it could
only happen to you".  He knows me well...
 

There is some science to this kind of thing.  I wrote about it in my
blog a few years ago:

 

"Is consciences itself influencing your Embedded System?":

 

http://blog.softwaresafety.net/2...

 

More recently John G. Kruth, the director of the Rhine Research
Center, actually did an experiment to prove our technology is sensitive to us:

"An Exploration of the Effects of Mood and Emotion on a Real-World
Working Computer System and Network Environment" by John G. Kruth in
the Fall 2019 Journal of Parapsychology.

 

J.B.Rhine was the one that coined the term ESP back in the 20s at Duke
University.

 

https://www.parapsych.org/blogs/...

 

The 1981 book "Full Moons: Fact and Fantasy about Lunar Influence" by
Paul Katzeff, also covers odd effects on technology in the last chapter.

 

In the earliest days of the Computer Revolution the term for a person
that caused technology to malfunction, when the technology didn't
"like" the person, was called "Malfunctionlly Linked".

 

While many snicker at such things, the world of Quantum Mechanics and
modern studies of Conciseness makes such ideas far less far fetched.
Even more intriguing, is what if we find a way to use this somehow in
our Embedded Systems?

 

To the pod issue, mine has been working fine all week...
 

"We should not anthropomorphized computers.  They don't like it."
 

 

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Some years back wildfires were raging in my area, and at the time I had three cars and only two people to drive them.  We somewhat glumly decided the lovely old family heirloom VW bus would have to stay if we had to evacuate.  She heard us - the fires were stopped before my place, but she'd heard us, and set herself on fire going down the freeway a few months later.

 

When the tow truck pulled away with what was left over, you couldn't tell what colour she had been.  S.