Thanks for the reply.According to this link http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Standalone, to burn the bootloader do I need both the AVR programmer and the FT232 USB to serial breakout board?
Can I only use the AVR programer alone since it connects to the MISO, MOSI, SCK, RESET of the microcontroller and it has a USB on the other end to connect to PC?
Why is the need for the FT232 breakout board?
Burning a bootloader using the IDE's Tools:Burn Bootloader also sets the fuses for correct operation. Do that first before loading any sketch, even if the sketch is to be loaded via File:Upload Using Programmer (after which the sketch starts after any reset, the bootloader is wiped out).
Do I need to burn the bootloader in the first place? Is it just to set the fuses and in case I need to use the FT232? These fuses refer to??
Can I skip that and proceed to download my software into the chip? Will it work?, of course the sketch is a working sketch on the Arduino?
I will only need the FT232 if I need serial communication with the chip else I don't need it?