FTDI Board Bad?

Another USB/Serial adapter option http://www.dipmicro.com/store/PL2303HX-FUSE-MOD Could use to add software serial as debug USB port back to the PC, or multiple USB ports from the Mega, where lack of DTR is not an issue.

I had to manually push reset button (on boards that had it)..

That's what I also mentioned doing in an earlier post. PITN.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JKNWLE/ I guess I'll check to see if I can do a mod on this thing, but will need a microscope to see the pins.

CrossRoads: Another USB/Serial adapter option http://www.dipmicro.com/store/PL2303HX-FUSE-MOD Could use to add software serial as debug USB port back to the PC, or multiple USB ports from the Mega, where lack of DTR is not an issue.

Bob, do you know if those things can be mod'ed to bring out the DTR pin?

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I might have missed it.. but is there a reason you dont want to just buy the same ones we have? and add the jumper wire?

I think I picked up mine for under $3.00 each (shipped!)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-to-UART-TTL-6PIN-Module-Serial-Converter-CP2102-/181164801515?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a2e437deb

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-to-TTL-UART-6PIN-CP2102-Module-Serial-Converter-/251036645719?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a72f33957

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CP2102-USB-2-0-to-UART-TTL-6PIN-Module-Serial-Converter-/170813830162?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c54c3412

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-to-TTL-UART-6PIN-CP2102-Module-Serial-Converter-MCU-Full-Speed-12Mbps-/110893970903?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d1cbb5d7

(Im sure you can find some cheaper ones if you search a bit more)

but these 'do' have the DTR I/O pad to be mod'd with.

LOL, I already have 2 FTDI devices with working Reset for Arduino dev, and I bought the CP2102 adaptors cited, not knowing they would need to be hacked to use for Arduino dev. Not sure I need to buy anymore at this point, ;-), but I'll bookmark the ones you have in any case. Thanks.

Also, on the practical side of things, I've gotten to the point where I'm willing to spend a bit more money, just so I don't have to immediately debug or hack things, or spend a lot of time trying to track down docos and drivers and usage info, just in order to get the stuff to work in the first place.

So much of the ebay stuff is sold and shipped cheap by people who have no idea whatsoever about support or technical matters. Then I have to waste my time to figure out how to use it. Enormous PITA. [end of this morning's rant, LOL].

I don't know if the PL2303 chips have a DTR pin on them, never looked them up, that's why I suggested them for non-DTR use.