Is it possible to view the serial monitor of the ATMega328P (with the Arduino Nano Bootloader) while the arduino is powered by an external power supply?
I'm trying to troubleshoot my program, and it will be a lot easier if I'm able to view what is going on with the code while the batteries are plugged in. My circuit is powered by two 3.7V Lithium Ion batteries in series. Right now, I'm trying to debug the charging circuit part of my program. It will be easier to do so if I can use the serial monitor to view the data registers on the I2C bus while the Lithium Ion batteries are charging.
For this project, I'm not using the arduino board, but the actual ATMega328P microcontroller. To upload the program, I have been using the FT232RL USB to Serial converter module. I did a test to see if it was possible to view the serial monitor with my Arduino Pro Mini, and it was successful. I powered the Pro Mini via the batteries, and connected the TX and RX serial pins on the FT232 and to the Arduino Board. Now when I try the same thing with the standalone ATMega, the Serial Monitor isn't responding. I am still able to upload a sketch and view the Serial Monitor normally if I remove the batteries, so what am I doing wrong? I'm asking on here so I don't accidentally damage my microcontroller in the process.
Here is the ATMega328P portion of my schematic: