sorry if this has been posted about a million times before but a few quick searches did not really give me anything specific to go on.
just got myself an arduino starter kit and i think its brilliant, ive tried using pic chips in the past and hate the idea of using assembler… as its a pain, plus the development enviroment is awful
anyways, i have some good ideas for projects etc and want to build them but i only have the atmega that came in the arduino.
my question is, where can i get either pre-programmed chips from in the UK, or how do i go about getting blank chips and flashing the boot loader to them, is it as simple as buying the chips, replacing the one in the arduino with the blank one and getting the arduino software to flash the firmware to it???
the kit i got has a Arduino Duemilanove the chip on the board has a sticker on it that says ATMega328, underneath there is a sticker that says Z4480 if that is any help to identify it
would really appreciate the help if you would be kind enough.