Which programmer is right for me?

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I've been home programming my AVR micros for awhile, using a simple parallel port programmer cable and AVRdude to load hex files via SPI.

However, I recently blew my parallel port through a dumb mistake, and am now looking for an alternative programmer that would still allow me to easily program multiple types of AVR micros, but won't involve as much hassle and potential damage as I've encountered with the parallel programmer.

Ideally whichever new programmer I use would have a USB connection for greater speed and portability, and I'd like to spend somewhere in the $50 range.

What would you all recommend?

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The AVR ISP mkII sounds like a perfect fit. It's a USB based ISP programmer, that contains some isolation circuitry to keep your PC, and dev board isolated, and at ~$35(US) it's well below your budget.

Writing code is like having sex.... make one little mistake, and you're supporting it for life.

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Take a look at https://www.avrfreaks.net/index.p... which discusses the programmers available from atmel.

I wish I had seen it before getting my AVRISPMk2 as the dragon seems more versatile and not much more expensive.

Edward

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My only aside to that would be that the dragons protocol is unpublished (as far as I know) so you are limited to using AVR Studio to use it. Where as the ISP mkII protocol is published, and a number of programming utilities support it.

Writing code is like having sex.... make one little mistake, and you're supporting it for life.

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The AVRisp mkII looks pretty good, but I may consider the Dragon. High Voltage programming would be nice, but by the same token the simplicity and portability of the mkII is something I like.

glitch wrote:
My only aside to that would be that the dragons protocol is unpublished (as far as I know) so you are limited to using AVR Studio to use it. Where as the ISP mkII protocol is published, and a number of programming utilities support it.

Oh, eww. Well then, mkII it is, I don't have time to fool with learning a new IDE on top of everything else I have going on.

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Hi,

at the moment Atmel has a promotion going that may be interesting for you. You can read more about that here: https://www.avrfreaks.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=48442&start=all&postdays=0&postorder=asc

CU Frank

Programmers never die
they just GOSUB without RETURN

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My favorite: Butterfly with Dean's ButtLoad (see Academy Section)

Nard

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Dragon broken ? http://aplomb.nl/TechStuff/Dragon/Dragon.html for how-to-fix tips