I have an old robot (named qu-bot) that I had used in a school project. A few days ago, I began taking interest in Arduino. On closer inspection, I found that the old robot contains the ATMEGA16 chip. The robot came with a software that was used for programming it. It had a rather basic and limited programming language that is useless beyond school projects. But, it has quite a lot of sensors for me to practice on.
I was thinking of uploading Arduino's bootloader on it. A bit of research online revealed that repurposing old hardware often turns out to be a quite difficult task. Hence, the first step I tried was communicating with it on the serial terminal (UART) of Arduino IDE instead of terminal of the inbuilt software.
It turns out, as soon as Arduino's monitor tries to connect to Qu-Bot, it "locks down" itself. All functions stop and LEDs and sensors get turned off. When I reconnect it to inbuilt monitor, Qu-Bot gets "cured".
So, I thought of tapping into the communication going on in the COM port. I tapped into communication of Arduino IDE as well as inbuilt software. However, the report of the tap looks quite meaningless to me. Can someone please help me decipher the report and tell what is causing the Qu-Bot to "lockdown"?