It seems that in my trip into the world of AVR I am to be tripped by many potholes.
I'm using PonyProg with a parallel port dongle [connector + resistors] and up till now it was working. Unfortunately while I was doing some disk cleaning I trashed the director where I had PonyProg installed [I deleted the parent directory]. Now I re-installed PonyProg and it's not working.
I keep getting the error message "Communication port not available (-16)" whenever I try to read, write or connect in any way to the chip. I've tried reinstalling the programmer software, re-installing the LPT port drivers, running in Windows 98 compatibility mode, etc..
What on earth can I do without going to the extremes of partitioning my disk and setting up a dual boot system [for windoze 98]???
Thanks for any assistance