Hackduino-like thing help!? Answered
First a little background to help you understand whats going on...
I live in the Philippines, i grew up here and part of my hobby is Electronics. I usually scrounge up parts due to the fact that parts are kinda outta my reach and it's a shame to let all that money go to waste when i can find salvaged parts. Recently, i got the idea of programming and searched around 'ibles for pojects on TI's MCUs. Finding none, i thought it wouldn't be worth the effort to try to program one of these with lack of info so i thought "what about the arduino?". Arduinos are kinda popular here but one thing sets me back.
So since my mom won't let me get an arduino (i'm a High school student), i need to resort to making one. Most of my sample requests from Atmel have been denied so it's time to quit being a cheapskate just for arduino! (and for science yay!)
I sourced some parts, haven't bought the most important ATmega328 (it's kinda big but better get it than upgrading) and i'm starting to prepare. I read the HackDuino and i just need some help and info such as:
* How do i make an arduino using common electronic parts?
* What schematic will i use that will allow me to upload using a serial port?
* How will i prepare the chip without another arduino? (I heard about bootloaders and stuff)
I have lots of questions, but if you know some arduino tips and facts, you may throw it in
Thanks in advance