I just had to try to adjust the clock using the fuse. Don't know why but I thought we had a xtal on board and I could set it to 16MHz xtal... Well, I tried setting that and in the process I've rendered my unit unprogrammable.
I've read a bit about 'high-voltagte' parallel programmers but those seem to only be for DIP packages and I dont want to have to remove the surface-mounted atmega328pb to try this.
Please, if anyone knows how to resuscitate the chip I'd be your 'best friend'. Just received the unit on Friday and bricked it by Sunday...
I was changing the clock because for some reason I was under the belief that I should be getting serial output on the comport when I used the UART. Upon further digging I think i was misunderstanding something.
Hope someone out in AVRFREAK land knows a little something which would save me a bit of grief.