Arduino Nano – Cannot Upload Sketches after Board Upgrade to 1.6.21

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My Arduino Nano started to refuse to upload sketches after I upgraded the boards library to version 1.6.21 from 1.6.20. All I got was this:

...
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 1 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x00
avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: stk500_getsync() attempt 2 of 10: not in sync: resp=0x00
...

Repeat 100 times!

After reverting back to the previous boards library, version 1.6.20, everything worked. I upgraded and everything stopped working.

The solution, from the arcduino.cc forums, is simple:

Tools -> Processor -> ATmega328P (Old Bootloader)

Read the forum thread at https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=532983.0 if you wish. I’m just noting this here for my own reference and definitely not claiming any credit.

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