New method of using Arduino Diecimila as progammer

I have put together a guide for using the FT232Rl chip on the arduino to program any AVR chip, but really I cover just on how to program a modified arduino bootloader to an atmega8, also using the internal oscillator.

Note, I didn't do any of the programs or configurations for this method, I just wrote a guide. Real credit goes to Kimio Kosaka and Tod E. Kurt.

http://www.walkerranch.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1:using-the-arduino-as-a-programmer&catid=1:microcontroller-projects&Itemid=5

It appears you are using the Diecimila only for its FT232RL chip.

Could you use just an FT232RL breakout board like http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9716 from Sparkfun, $14.95, or am I missing something?

Unfortunately, the DCD, RI, DSR, and CTS pins need to be broken out, so neither this nor the FTDI cable sold by them work for this particular method, however, if you made your own board and soldered it yourself, I would potentially work, you could even bring it out to a standard ICSP header and everything.

Could you use just an FT232RL breakout board like http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9716 from Sparkfun, $14.95, or am I missing something?

This one would be better as all the control pins are made avalible.

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/718