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Allows you to use USBasp on windows 8
Are you having problems installing usbasp drivers on windows 8 ? This walkthrough will guide you to installing those drivers :) Actually the main problem is that … Read more

Zifduino bootloader programming shield

When I first began working with Arduino I was amazed by the incredible things people were doing with the devices. After a couple of successes with my little UNO R3 I wanted to make some things using  "standalone"  chips. Following some tips from fellow Ardweenies I discovered this: http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoToBreadboard

Looking to make a 'sinowealth' ic programmer cable (r232 preferably!)

Hello all, I have undertaken a challenge by freind to use only parts from broken equipment already in my possesion to make something amazing! (i thought id better clarify this befre people start replying 'easier to buy a pic or atmel chip) the only reprogrammable chip in my heap is the SINOWEALTH SM69P26K which i understand is an14k x 4bit mc, does anyone know where to find a schemat or how i can wire a basic R232 programmer cable to connect with? Macgyver status awaits! Thankyou for your time in advance!

ATTiny programmer shield

I got some ATTiny and now need to transfer the program from the Arduino IDE to the ATTiny without a programmer.

The solution is, just make your own programmer shield. Based on this tutorial http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=1229 I created my programmer shield for the Arduino Duemilanove. It's not pretty since it's just a ugly board out of my box but it works. Preparing the Arduino duemilanove according to this tutorial and then hook up the ATTiny into the header pin socket, open your sketch and click upload. Done!!!

Cable used to program standalone AVR (Arduino) chips (ATMEGA328p)
  This weekend I made me a "cable" to program my ATMEGA328p chips the Arduino way. As usual by design goal is to use what I have rather than buy a solution, in … Read more

Microcontroller Programmer

Hello Everyone!

I am currently thinking on moving from Picaxe to microcontroller as Picaxe isnt available except by buying outside the country and microcontroller in that way seems to be a cheaper solution.

After some research I discovered i need C knowledge which i dont posses. So i found out of BASIC just like Picaxe is.

Problem is: which programmer to use... I dont really want to buy one so I was thinking on a free tool that could program BASIC and then I could slowly move onto C.

Does anyone know of any "good" software that could do this?


First experiences of AvrUsb500 v2 programmer

Last week I got this avrUSB500v2 programmer kit from tuxgraphics.org. The kit has all the needed components except the ATMega8 chip. You have to purchase that separately. Here are the kit's components and ATMega8:

Note that FTDI smd-chip is conveniently already soldered to PCB.

Programming an atmega with the Arduino IDE

Hi guys.

from this post (http://letsmakerobots.com/node/5593 ) by Rudolph i learned that you can program an atmega with the arudino IDE even if you haven't got an arduino board.

What i have here with me now is an atmega328, a serial programmer (precisely this one: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=14 ).

Problem with SparkFun PicAxe USB programmer cable

Ok, got to the point where it's time to start coding and I got power to everything that needed it and started installing the drivers needed for the Picaxe programmer cable. Well to no avail. If anybody has an idea a walkthrough it would be appreciated.



What is the best programmer/development board for someone new?

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.  I'm looking for a programmer/development board that your only limited to your knowledge and right now I don't have much, but will want to expand upon it without buying a whole new programmer/development board.  So I'm also looking for something that will be easy to get started in also with tutorial to get you up and running.  I don't want to start with something and be cut off and have to go out and buy something completely new and start all over again learning.  What would anyone recommend for me and had experience in?