I just received my two MAKERbuinos and it turned out that both of my ATmega328 chips were not programmed with the bootloader. Thanks to various posts here I was able to burn the bootloader using two Arduions.
Unfortunately I found out after a lot of soldering/unsoldering where I in the end destroyed three pads on one of my PCBs (soldering iron to hot?) when removing the female connector for the screen (pictures hopefully at the end of my post). To make things even worse, two of these pads are for the very same pin (both sides).
Any chance I can fix that? If not, is it possbile to just order a new PCB?
I know Albert can send you a new PCB, might be easiest if you just mail him. I think the address is email@example.com. Do be aware they seem a little swamped with support requests, so it might take a little while for them to answer.
@bitfogav, I was already thinking about selling blank PCBs but I am not quite sure whether people would be interested in that. Maybe I can offer it on the shop and see whether the folks are interested…
@albertgajsak I wouldn’t be against seeing everything in the kit individually for sale on the store, you never know what people might want more of and it’ll save them the hassle of personally contacting you or trying to find things through different sources.
@bitfogav, I think I’ll offer blank PCBs in the shop as soon as I manage to create a new shop item (possibly today). @Dalemaunder, that is quite a good idea… I’ll discuss that with my colleagues. I also had an idea of creating this so called “MAKERbuino electronics rookie pack” or “MAKERbuino fat-fingers pack”. That would be a pack made especially for people with little skill in electronics and soldering and would come with extra components (probably the components that are most likely going to be broken by a user).