Can't find Arduino on serial port or
How to use cheap Arduino clones

I bought a cheap Chinese Arduino Mega 2560 clone and had some major problems (I had to google it and it was not the first link!). The main problem is that the cheap one uses CH340G or CH341G as the USB/Serial chip instead of the FTDI chip. First check that you have a USB data cable, not just a power cable.

This is the error message I got
avrdude: ser_open(): can't open device "/dev/tty*": Resource busy
ioctl("TIOCMGET"): Inappropriate ioctl for device
avrdude: ser_send(): write error: Bad file descriptor
Problem uploading to board.  See for suggestions.

To fix the problem install the drivers for the chip instructions here!

Kim Salmi

You are welcome to kopimi (copyme) and play with it as much as you like!