Initially I planned for the headers to only be installed the way you have, but the more I though about it, the better it would be to install them on either side.
Well I want them this way round with the USB port the right way up but it doesn't matter much. It does mean that you could have less on the 'bottom' of the PCB then, only the chip and some soldered ends of headers.
At a minimum, cables with a single row breakout on one end that will work with a breadboard.
Anything like that sounds like a good idea. Cables for when you want to stick it in a project. It is nicer to solder headers and then use a cable with connector than solder a load of wires into tiny holes on the board.
Yes it is. hmmm... I am pretty sure I tested those LED's before I sent the boards. How to debug...
Thought it was probably meant to.
First thing to check is if I didn't reprogram the FT232. You can download a config utility from FTDI's website that allows you to configure the CPIO pins of the FT232... CPIO3 should be set to RX/TX. But now that I think about it, the default is PWR so it should stay lit if I didn't reprogram it.
Right, I think I'll give that a miss to start with then.
Next, maybe make sure I didn't install it backwards. If compared to the power LED it should be flipped 180 degrees.
Yep, it is 180deg from the rotation of the power LED.
Last thing I can think of is maybe that pin of the FT232 isn't making contact with the board. I guess first try putting some pressure on the FT232 while uploading a sketch and see if that helps... otherwise maybe put some solder paste on the pins and run your solder iron over all of them. (make sure you have some solder wick on hand... just in case
I'll try this at some point.
No luck with this. All the connections look fine too.[/edit]
If none of those solve the problem... then maybe the resistor or LED is bad.
It's not a real issue. The computer tells me when it's uploading. I'd rather have it not working than spend hours trying to remove a solder bridge on the FTDI chip while trying to sort it
I like the permanent soldered idea because it wouldn't add much thickness to the boards. Just 2 pcb's making an Atmega sandwich.
Sounds pretty good. I have thought of board sandwhich a few times, soldering some headers directly through an arduino pro board or something.