uploading firmware with mega-isp and a seeeduino

so my needs are simple, apply a new firmware to a rainbowduino only, i dont have an isp programmer…or do i?

i have a seeeduino laying around, and came across mega-isp on google code

heres how i did it.

i edit my sketch in arduino ide to how i want it. make sure there is no .hex file in the applet folder and build it. this should create the hex for me to upload to the device.

I couldnt get arduino ide to upload to the rainbowduino with this isp method so i just used avrdude but i hit some snags.

I used the winavr toolchain to do the actual uploading rather than using the one that came with arduino ide. The issue i was having with the rainbowduino was that the m168 cannot have an f8 written to the efuse so i had to do the commands manually.

here are the commands:
avrdude -c avrisp -p m168 -P com7 -b 19200 -B 5 -V -e -U lock:w:0x3F:m -U hfuse:w:0xDF:m -U lfuse:w:0xFF:m -U efuse:w:0x00:m
avrdude -c avrisp -p m168 -P com7 -b 19200 -B 1 -V -D -U flash:w:rainbowduino.hex:i
avrdude -c avrisp -p m168 -P com7 -b 19200 -B 5 -V -U lock:w:0x0F:m


seeedstudio catalyst pack

so i just got through ordering an illuminato but those guys over at seeed studio’s have done something else cool. They have posted what they are calling the catalyst pack. Whats in it? jump on over and check it out.

Seeed Studio Catalyst Pack

as you can see, its got tons of stuff. It looks like its 80 bucks but you get everything you would spend that much on anyway. looks like some other options on the pack is for an extra 10 bucks, you get the arduino getting started book. and you opt out of getting the seeeduino and save 25 bucks.

That sounds like a deal to me but i guess it all depends on your budget for your hobbies. this would be a great kit for a class to use to do many different things from basic programming of micro controllers, to basic robotics core platforms.

get the kit less the seeeduino and then get an illuminato and you got yourself a handy little beginning. A side not on the illuminato is that they are still being hand made so they are on backorder (hopefully mine went out normal order, but i am waiting to hear about that) but you can still order them to get delivered as soon as february for $35 or march for $30 or april for $25.