I am trying hard to program the $50 robot, but I am having a load of problems. I am trying to zero the servos so that I can modify them, but I cant get the program written on the robot. I got a USB-Serial converter. It listed under device manager as COM1. Then when I fired up pony prog (I had to get a copy that someone else extracted and sent to me, since I am using vista 64 bit, and ponyprog did not install out of the box for me). I am unsure if I should select 'SI Prog API' or 'SI Prog I/O' or JDM API. Also, I dont know if 'Invert Reset' or 'Invert SCKL' or 'Invert D-IN' or 'Invert D-Out' need to be checked or not. I did have COM1 selected
Also, I selected ATmega8 from the drop down in the program.
Then I load up the hex file for the servos. Attached the battery and the cables from the laptop usb to the serial to the robot, and try to write the program. It just does not work!
When I have SI Prog API or JDM API selected, the program sits at Writing 0% for about a minute and then comes up with a error that device not found with abort, retry and ignore as options. When I try SI Prog I/O, it just comes up with similar, but not same, error with ok as the only option.
I thought I might have fried the chip or my board, so, I started fresh and rebuilt a board and got a new ucontroller, but same problems. Anyone have any suggestions..please, help me out here.