Thanks for all the information Uze.
Here's an experience report. Hopefully someone might find this helpful:
I tried to build the 'tutorial' project but received the following error: "system cannot find the file specified - tutorial.uze"
I figured it might have something to do with packrom.
I tried to 'make' packrom but once again received "system cannot find the file specified - packrom.o"
I used cl.exe to make the object file 'packrom.o'.
I built 'tutorial' again and everything was peaches.
With the chip programmed, I went on to assembling the circuit (see fig. 1). I know, it's ugly as sin but it gets the job done
Here's where I'm at currently:
I can make out letters on the screen but horizontal static make it nearly impossible to make out the words.
It probably has something to do with the fact that I'm running the controller with a 16 MHz crystal.
I searched through the 'make' and 'include' files and came across this -DF_CPU=28636360UL
I changed the fuse settings to ext. osc. 8+ Mhz 65ns and -DF_CPU to 16000000 in the hope that that would make a difference.
Unfortunately, it did not. Is there a way to run this design with a 16 MHz oscillator?