If so, what do I need to do so that it can accept AVR code?
QuoteIf so, what do I need to do so that it can accept AVR code?I would get a standalone programmer. They are so cheap now and provide you with the flexibility to move up to a new world without arduino.
Someone was listening. The latest episode of The Ben Heck Show (youtube) explains the difference between ICSP and serial bootloader programming before he launches into the day's project.