Re: Where Is The AVRISP USB Programmer When I Plug It In?

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Robert L Cochran wrote:
Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean here by 'USB to serial device with TTL level
outputs'. Yes, the programmer is plugged into a USB port on my FC5
machine at one end and an Atmel-based controller board on the other end.
I want to program an Atmel Atmega128 chip which is on the controller
board. It has a Maxim Max3222 chip on board. The board is intended to be
a robot controller.

What I have run into before is that what they are calling a
programmer is actually a communication cable that talks to a serial
port on the development board that is a ttl (0 to 5V - with 5V as
logic 1) instead of RS-232 (+/- 3 to 35 volts - polarity indicates
logic level.) The actual programming is done by the development
board by firmware on the board. You are usually talking to a monitor
program of some sort on the board or chip.

In this case, it looks like the programmer is a bit more complicated
then that. I did not find the pinouts for the ISP Programming
Interface, so I am not sure how much the programmer really does...


Hi Mikkel,

This is the controller board I'm programming

and the manual for it is here

Page 15 of the manual has a circuit diagram showing the pinout of JP2, which is the ISP header.

The AVRISP programmer I am using is apparently an older model. I discovered it does work. To test it I ended up using a Windows XP computer. Now I'm hoping to get it to work on my FC5 computer.

The AVRISP I have here contains a CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller. When I plugged it in to the USB port on the test computer, Microsoft Windows came up with the "New Hardware Found" Message and waited for me to provide a driver file. The programmer came with a CD containing drivers, so I installed those. They seem to originate from but I haven't investigated their web site closely yet.

A check of Device Manager showed that the CP2102 controller was on COM4.

Here is what I did next:

*Downloaded and installed AVRStudio4 from the Atmel website, plus the latest AVRStudio4 service pack. *Downloaded and unzipped the 'hw' sample code from the website which should flash the programmable LED which is on the controller board. The sample code has a precompiled hw.hex file I can use.
*Started AVRStudio4.
* Clicked the button to connect to the programmer.

At this point AVRStudio came up with a message saying it has detected the programmer, but it needed a firmware upgrade from firmware version 2.07 to the most current version. I clicked OK to upgrade the firmware.

After cycling power to the programmer (by unplugging it from the USB cable and replugging it in) I was able to program the ATmega128 chip with the hw.hex file, and the board's programmable LED started blinking.

The programmer did come with a Linux is a portion of the README file:

CP210x Linux Driver v0.81b Release Notes
Copyright (C) 2004 Silicon Laboratories, Inc.

This release contains the following components:

* cardinal-redhat9-V0_81b.tar.gz
* Readme.txt (this file)

Do I need to compile and install this software? I'm afraid of breaking something.

I get the impression from the /var/log/messages output when I plug the programmer in to the USB port that this driver is already present in the 2.6.18-1.2257.fc5 kernel, and ttyUSB0 is a serial port, isn't it? I'm still not sure how to get avrdude to speak to the programmer. Perhaps the firmware upgrade done to it by AVRStudio will help.



I did some poking on the bdmicro website and there is a later verion of avrdude.

You could try talking to the programmer via mincom. Maybe there is a baud rate or handshake issue.


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