I am relatively new to Arduino, buying my first board (Uno) just after Christmas and using Arduino 1.0 from day one.
I want to be able to use standalone AVR chips on breadboard/veroboard for my next project but have seen conflicting information regarding how to do this.
It seems that the Uno is not supposed to be able to be used to burn a bootloader to a new chip. but it might work if my existing boot loader version on the Uno is the latest version of Optiboot.
So, my question - how can I tell what revision of optiboot I am running on my Uno?
Can anyone say definitively if I can use my Arduino Uno as an ISP to program a bare chip?
Thanks in advance!