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Azinman
04-03-2009, 07:57 PM
Hey I need a USB board to program the Atmel Mega series AVR Microcontrollers but I am not quite sure exactly what I need to program one (first time programming in C and using an AVR) and I done want to use an Arduino just yet. Here are a few of the boards I have been looking at but I am not quite sure of the differences/advantages of any one of them. I'm not sure what I want/need so any suggestions or better USB boards are appreciated. :D

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8165
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8531
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8772
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8551

jes1510
04-03-2009, 08:12 PM
I think these are what you are looking for:
http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=16&sessid=7033f385e9e79ee74d8a7ccc14bc5705

Azinman
04-03-2009, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the link! It says that the programmer can be used on Arduinos and "minimal arduinos". Does this imply that it can program just basic ciruits for Atmel microcontrollers? Also, do you think it would be compatible with the Code::Blocks compiler? :
http://www.codeblocks.org/downloads/5
http://www.cprogramming.com/code_blocks/
Thanks :)

jes1510
04-03-2009, 10:48 PM
As long as the compiler can generate the raw hex code that gets burned onto a micro then you're good to go. The usual method would be to use WinAVR. You may need to use AVRDude to burn the code, I know nothing about code blocks.