Really stupid question, I'm sure there's a standard way to do this: I have an Arduino Pro Mini, how do I program it without soldering FTDI pins on? Bend them at an angle and apply slight pressure while programming? Is there a standard way of doing this?
Bend them at an angle and apply slight pressure while programming?
That is what I do. But there is a risk of failure. So far, I haven't trashed an MPU doing it.
You do not need to use the FTDI header. You can use the other pins along the 2 long sides. VCC, GND, RX, and TX are all you need. Press reset and release when the IDE says uploading.