I am an electronics engineering student and a beginner in arduino stuff. I have a UNO and just etched a Severino (version 3 rev 2) for using in a few projects. I searched extensively about Severino, now I need some suggestions.
After seeing the bootloader page at http://arduino.cc/en/Hacking/Bootloader
and post about using USBasp to burn bootloader herehttp://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1282243271/0
I thought about using my USBasp programmer for bootloading the severino using the ICSP pins on the board.
About the above I have these questions:
-> Can I after doing this procedure, program the Severino with just a cable with usb connector on one side and DB9 on other side?
-> If I don't burn the bootloader and just use USBasp on ICSP pins everytime to burn the program for this particular board using arduino IDE as given in the inststuctions at http://arduino.cc/en/Hacking/Programmer
If you would rather use an external programmer for only an individual board, you can edit the boards.txt file in the hardware/ sub-directory of the Arduino application directory. Set the board.upload.using parameter to the identifier of one of the programmers in programmers.txt.
will it be any better or worse than using a bootloader? Or it doesn't matter?
What I am really confused about is that if I have a programmer at my hands, is there a point of burning bootloader in the Atmega8?
Sorry to sound so confused up, but I am