I'm an electronics engineering student. One of our courses is basic C programming for microcontrollers. For the quick and important chunk, check out the bottom, the middle here is going to be all descriptive content, in case there is something there that can help you help me. I'm currently running a iMac, 27", i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB HD, etc etc. Probably doesn't help... Our board is the MSP430FG4618, made by Texas Instruments. (if that helps) See some info here. I'm programming in ANSI C, and currently (at school on the PC) using a 9 pin serial connection to run output back to the computer. It has I/O through USB connection, I don't know why we don't use output through the USB, but that's just the way it is... We're using hyper terminal to display text and instructions, and get input. Our instructor created his own stdio library variation. Honestly, if you have suggestions on how I can just make it simpler, I'm all ears. we use xprintf() instead of printf(), I don't care which way I type things in, so long as it's ansi c and it runs. Basically, I need to program in ANSI C, compile and run it, and I need some kind of terminal window where I can see the text that the program outputs, and enter input that the program will then accept and process. Simple right? Your help is truly appreciated. It may make the difference between me passing or failing... So I really really appreciate it.