First post so excuse me if my terminology is off.
I'm new to Arduino and have been tinkering around getting ready to start a few pet projects. At the moment i'm gearing up to make some standalone arduino's.
I have purchased a few ATMEGA328P-PU microcontrollers (See here for item details) and the seller notes that the microcontrollers are pre loaded with the optiboot bootloader. However they also note that in order to write to these microcontrollers I need to burn them.
Taking a step back and please correct me if I'm wrong but if they are preloaded with optiboot are they not already burnt?
Regardless I figured I may as well learn how to burn them myself and have researched Optiloader and loaded it onto my programmer.
I have setup my Arduino Mega as the programmer and on my breadboard I have wired up everything as per this link.
However when I run the sketch and look at the serial monitor all I get is this.
OptiLoader Bootstrap programmer. 2011 by Bill Westfield (WestfW) Target power on! ... Starting Program Mode
It never progresses past this and seems to do nothing. Any idea where I could have gone wrong, I have checked my wiring a few times and everything seems right, the power light is on but no life from the TX or RX LED's