did u connect anything else on ur Atmega aside of the parallel programmer?I also had the board powered.
You're doing that right?
So just power, and the IDE cable - (it was a Boarduino).
Sorry this is still not working for either of you. I know how frustrating it is. >
The only encouragement is that it can
work and you will probably get your chips back when it does.
I don't know why it's such a "black art" though!
I only mentioned the parameter because it was a "known difference" between the working and non-working system.
(BTW, I had the .reg patch installed on the non-working system and it wasn't on the working system.)
It's also worth double checking your cable again. The surest test
is to plug it into the board, and meter from the pin on the end of the cable - to the pin on the Atmega
You should get 470 Ohms from pin 1 on the cable to pin 19 on the Atmega, 470 Ohms from pin 2 to pin 17, 220 Ohms from pin 11 to pin 18, 0 Ohms from pin 16 to pin 1 (reset), and 0 ohms from pin 18 to pin 8 (gnd).
I don't know how different configurations of the cable work. My guess is that this
cable is made to work with giveio and others use a different driver, but I'm not sure.
Besides making sure your board is powered, your cable is A-Ok, and trying it on every machine you can get your hands on, I can't think of any other advice.
Communication problems are typically like this - doesnt work, doesnt work, doesnt work, - works great, works great, works great.