Sick and Tired and gonna Kick it!!!!!
i,am a complete beginner with mcu/avr,s and thought i,d share my horrible experiance with others.
approx 18 mths ago i purchased a new stk500 with the intent of learning to program for pleasure and hobby use whilst spending some time getting offay with my new toy i realised what a complex item this actually was and my main problem was the stabilty of this ide it basicly pleased itself what it wanted to do which just lead to frustration and the shelving of the idea ,later and in order to rectify this i attempted an avrstudio upgrade which for all intent and purposes ending successfully and thats the last time that ide ever did anything useful after contacting the supplier who informed me "if it worked prior to the update then its not our concern" i then mailed atmel for assistance which was,nt forthcoming not even a return mail to suggest any action.
completly dismade i placed the stk where it belong in the bin after much thumb twiddlimg i decided to have a second attempt and purchased a new stk500 and held my breath during a firmware download but all ok this time and stk worked for a while ,but again same problems occurred refusal to sig read/write/read a plethora of mcu,s ,by this stage i,am convinced this is the most unstable/unuseable piece of @@**<<** not fit to perform the purpose it was intended for i,ve ever encounted and in disgust i once again shelved the idea and went fishing.
after 2 mths i dug out the rotten git and tried a sig read on a 8515 which it refused whilst ensuring the mcu was seated i nudge the jumper (after i threw it down the stairs) array and to my amazement it read correctly on further inspection and with dmm in hand i finally found the cause of all my ailments and duly replaced all jumpers with spst switches and can merrily report its not refused a single operation since (it dare,nt).
in summing up i now realise fully whats meant by a stable envioroment and due to the permatations available with this ide it can be a daunting task for a newcomer to replicate any working project suffice to say i am now the proud owner of the following stk500/stk200/butterfly/smileybuttboard/homebrew ecros 40pin isp zif adaptor/128devboard/floppysponge jtag/and more mcu,s/than an mcu convention.
perhaps now i can move on and actually produce something useful (with your help of course :wink: ).
am i alone and wtf wont this led flash :lol: :lol: :lol: .
:oops: just had to get that of my chest :oops: