Etch a sketch .pde download file not working --- Not a valid name for a sketch error

Hi. Just got the LittleBits. Hugely excited. Not able to run the first sketch.

  1. Installed the Firmata library.
  2. Seems to run Arduino library code.
    Any ideas? Thank you.

Upgrade to the latest IDE, and change the name of the file so there is not a dash in it.

Thank you @chris101. The name change helped! :slight_smile: Appreciated.
Then this happened (copy-pasted error message). Googling this now. If you have come across this, what did you do?

Arduino: 1.6.12 (Mac OS X), Board: “littleBits w6 Arduino Module (Leonardo)”

Sketch uses 4,810 bytes (16%) of program storage space. Maximum is 28,672 bytes.
Global variables use 173 bytes (6%) of dynamic memory, leaving 2,387 bytes for local variables. Maximum is 2,560 bytes.

avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
Found programmer: Id = “��”; type = M
Software Version = .; Hardware Version = �.
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: error: buffered memory access not supported. Maybe it isn’t
a butterfly/AVR109 but a AVR910 device?
avrdude: initialization failed, rc=-1
Double check connections and try again, or use -F to override
this check.

avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: error: programmer did not respond to command: leave prog mode
avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding
avrdude: error: programmer did not respond to command: exit bootloader
avrdude: error: programmer did not respond to command: exit bootloader

This report would have more information with
“Show verbose output during compilation”
option enabled in File -> Preferences.

Hi @qubit78, it looks like your Arduino is ‘stuck’ (for lack of a better term.) The first step when you get the avrdude ‘programmer not responding’ error is to check the connection of your Arduino bit to the USB port of the computer. Are you sure it’s connected (ie good cable, etc.), and does a port show up in the menu?

If it all looks like it should be working, but isn’t, you can reset the Arduino following the procedure here. Just try to upload a modified Blink sketch, rather than jump right into your Etch-a-Sketch sketch.

Good luck!