After great labor with the workaround involving the FTDI driver debacle, I got the FTDI breakout board suggested by ND to upload programs to the hackvision. I eventually found the last stable driver distribution which didn’t brick the board, and now it (the FTDI board at least) registers as a USB serial port on my device manager. Now, I get an error while uploading which says:
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00
And the upload fails, leaving the stock Space Invaders/Pong combo on the machine.
I’m using the latest Arduino IDE, TVout library. etc on a windows 8 64bit machine. Is anyone else having this problem? I’ve been really looking forward to messing around with this thing and I don’t really want my money to have gone to waste.
There is only one serial port that it automatically registers under and I still get the same no response error. I just tried a loopback test which was successful but the hackvision itself still won’t respond while uploading.
Sounds like the device does work, but the programming is not working. There must be a soldering problem with the connector, or the 10K resistor, or the small cap next to the 10K resistor. I’d check the connections on those.
I just resoldered the joints on all the components you listed. Before and after, while connected w/ the FTDI adapter, the board has power and the preloaded software comes up on my TV. I already reconfigured the adapter’s hardware ID and ran another loopback test which was successful, but there is still no response while uploading.
EDIT: Fixed! I had the adapter backwards from the beginning.