Hello everyone,Running on a budget, I decided to buy an el cheapo Pro Mini on ebay for $2.50 or so, and I got what I paid for: a Chinese clone of the thing with the brand "Deek Robot". (Comparison with Sparkfun's here: )It is supposed to be a Pro Mini 5V at 16 MHz with the ATMega328.I neglected to buy an FTDI cable to connect it to the computer, but I learned recently that I could still upload code to it with a working UNO, which I do have and have been tinkering around with for a while. I followed the instructions here http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?PHPSESSID=r0g20ra7s8b2lvj5q06m3uc3j0&topic=217246.30, in the third quote block, but I always got the "not in sync" error regardless of how I timed my reset button press.I looked around on the site and found that this error could be a result of a missing bootloader, so I followed the instructions in the earlier link, in the second quote block, to burn a new bootloader. I would get the protocol error, however, with the message "expected=0x14, got=0x51" or something similar. After this, though, the LED by the reset button on the Pro Mini still lights up and turns off once a second, so it looks to me it has a working bootloader running the built-in Blink sample program (probably?) just fine.Does the Pro Mini sound like it's not defective or missing the bootloader? If it isn't, how would I resolve the "not in sync" problem? Or if buying a USB-to-TTL cable is a better solution for uploading code, what could I buy and still keep costs down? (The FTDI breakout board on Sparkfun is very expensive compared to the el cheapo Pro Mini I got, which hopefully still works)Thank you very much!
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