Are you using Windows Vista or 7 and want to work on your microcontroller??
Then you would have definitely faced 2 problems in:
1. Using your USB programmer to burn the code into the uC. The digitally signed driver issue.
2. Using a USB to Serial converter to test serial communication.
I was fed up of trying different things and so i thought of giving a try to Linux.
I am working on AVRs on Ubuntu 10.10 now.
For dumping the code: On Linux, I just had to install the following packages:
libusb0 – library to using USB for programming
avrdude – the programmer.
Run the normal avrdude commands & done! (run as Superuser or root ($sudo avrdude … )).
For serial communication: I installed “Cutecom“, a GUI based serial terminal (like hyperterminal of windows XP). Run it from the console ($ cutecom). It shows 4 serial devices namely “/dev/ttyS0” to “/dev/ttyS3”. For using USB to Serial cable, manually type in the device name as “/dev/ttyUSB0”. Thats it! you can now test all your serial communication.
For writing and compiling the code there is “avr-gcc“. Or if you are familiar with CodevisionAVR on windows, you can install the same using “wine”… but remember to configure “wine” for windows XP before installing.
Note: I tried to program using Linux on VMware on windows 7… but it was not working.