USBasp setting up

I have not used an ATMGA micro before, I am not a programmer. I need some help with advice on a SIMPLE PC [win10] app to take a hex file & pour it into a ATMEGA8-16 via a USBasp. any suggestions ?

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Hi Geoff!

I’d love to help you with your problem, I just need a little more info so I can fully understand what you are trying to do. Could you please post:

  1. A brief description of the project. (what it is, what you hope to accomplish)
  2. Any code you want to run in your project
  3. A clear top down view of the circuit/project. To avoid needing multiple pictures, we’ve found the best way forward is to prepare your images using one of the three following tools:
    a. Fritzing – A easy to use, Open Source tool (Free Download required - )
    b. TinkerCad Circuits – Another free & easy to use tool, but this one is browser based and requires a login ( )
    c.Draw a simple block diagram of what your circuit should do, alongside a picture of a top down shot of your circuits (Pen, Paper and Camera Required)


Hi Stephen, sorry about the delay in replying, I just had a few days off.

  This is not really a project as such,  I do p.c.board servicing as part of my business.  recently a board manufacturer supplied me with the hex file for one of their boards [for servicing only] so I can now remove & replace faulty micros, & load the software.  problem is I have only worked with, & have the gear for, PIC micro's.

  So....  I have bought the USBasp module from core electronics,  - the boards to be worked, already have the matching 10p header for this device.

  I would like to get advice on the best SIMPLE app, to talk to my new hardware, & load the hex into virgin chips.

  I am not very compatible with my PC, we don't get along. so would also like some setup advice if poss.

Thanks for you reply, Cheers Geoff

Hey Geoff,

This is the most complete guide I could find for using the USBasp:

I’m not completely sure about loading hex, but this includes all the steps to setup the USBasp on your computer and burn to your ATMGA.

I hope that helps!