Introduction: Arduino Nano CH340 Chinese Build Optiboot HACK ! Part 2 - 3.3v 8 Mhz Version for Low Power Applications !!

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Okay so it wasnt Enough for me Tweaking this PCB to Run The Optiboot Space Saving Bootloader...

i came across another problem..

I have quite a lot of these Awesome Nokia 5110 LCD Display's hanging around and they are 3.3v ONLY.

Some are 5v tolerant but my ones are NOT..

Yes - i could of used a Voltage Divider but that woulda meant extra parts that i dont have..

I do have 8 Mhz crystals though..

Plus, if i wanted to run this Arduino Nano on battery power - i would have a low-power version that will last longer than a 5v version :)

i also tried 10k resistors on the data lines for the Nokia 5110 LCD displays, still didnt work no matter what i did lol

So after deliberation, i thought of hacking the Nano, again lol

So Step 1 is to First Desolder the SMD Crystal, which by the way, is such a SEXY size haha - its TINY !!!! Actually, its not a Crystal - its a RESONATOR which is much less PRECISE than a crystal so by doing this mod, one is improving the functionality of this little Arduino PCB !

here's a close-up

Step 1: De-Soldering the Components for Replacement

And So begins my next adventure to get this Chinese-Made Arduino Nano Compatible to a 3.3v Low Power version with bootloader that only takes up 1.5K of space out of the 32K worth of programming space available on the ATMEGA328P-AU Microcontroller :))

So that's 30.5K worth of Code-Space that this project will Yield, as with a 3.3v Arduino-Nano Compatible !

The SMD resistor is pretty darn easy to de-solder, using my regular soldering iron tip which ive never changed since buying it almost 8 years ago, not a fancy soldering iron either, just a £15/$20 version from ebay..

Just applying heat on either side of it very quickly and using a pair of precision tweezers, ALOT of light, and i mean, ALOTTTTTTTTTTTT of LIGHT !!!

During the daytime, using blinding LED light sources, lol Okay so it might be overkill, but its very important to have alot of light (NOT warm-white light, if you can help it) to solder, as these SMD components are really tiny, 3.2mm x 1.3 mm !!!! !!!! !!! !! !


So um, yup, real-small lol

Very carefully and not applying too much heat at any one time, so i can re-use it for another PCB i will no doubt make in the future lol

Okay so heres after its been removed, Now, as you can see from the picture, the ATMEGA328P-AU's traces goes to the pads of the Crystal, so we now know where to solder the crystal. Also there is a 5v AMS1117 voltage regulator on the underside of the PCB that i need to de-solder and replace with a 3.3v one, which i also have the same manufacturer's 3.3v version as i made PCB's for both 5v and 3.3v once upon a time.

So the De-Soldering and soldering of parts was a mini project in itself, Step 2 for the Optiboot Bootloader HACK lol !

Step 2: Step 2 - the 3.3v Optiboot Bootloader Hack !

Same as my method in my other instructable of how i got the 5v Optiboot Bootloader onto this PCB, but if youve not seen it, i'll quickly go over it again here;

Basically, we need to FOOL the Bootloader Program that it has the correct pins allocated to its input/outputs, so using the 2 pictures HERE and HERE we need to 'DECIPHER' the SMD Atmega328P to the Through-Hole version's pins, which there are just 4 pins to connect up, with the addittion of the two power connections too, which makes 6 pins in total..

Once wired up, like THIS, Run the Optiboot Bootloader Sketch and itll automatically Load the New 3.3v 8Mhz Bootloader to the Arduino Nano-Compatible !!

There ya go, nice and simple, quick and possibly my shortest instructable ever lolz

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