I've been trying unsuccessfully to get SoftwareSerial to display test characters to the IDE serial display.
I have an ATtiny85 hooked up to a sparkfun FT232RL USB to Serial breakout board.
I've been trying to run this program (modified SoftwareSerial example code):
SoftwareSerial mySerial(4, 3); // RX, TX
int counter = 0;
// set the data rate for the SoftwareSerial port
void loop() // run over and over
And all I get are "boxes",  (if they were actually boxes) displaying to the Arduino IDE. It doesn't seem to matter whether I print an integer or a String, the only thing that happens is if I make the output: "11111111111111" vs "11111111" I get more or less "boxes."
I've altered the baud rate both in the script and on the Serial monitor and it does change to garbled text if the code and the Serial monitor baud rates do not match up. I need it to work at 8 MHz as I believe that is what SoftwareSerial works at and 4800 baud is what my RF chip works at that I ultimately want to hook up to my circuit.
Has anyone seen this before, any help?
I'd very much appreciate help, my head hurts from all of the banging.