Sjaak, Much appreciate your reply. Although I bought my Bus Pirate in July from SEEDStudio, it has V4.2 firmware. I tried to upgrade to V5.8 firmware, but something happened to corrupt the bootloader, so no luck. I'm not sure how to reload the current bootloader. The instructions to reload the bootloader are confusing for me, as the pages I found are obsolete and out of date. I need to reload the newest version of the bootloader. I realize that I may have only ONE chance to do this via USB, if this is even possible.... please advise!
(Maybe I caused the bootloader corruption- at first I used the original ds30 Loader without the settings.xml etc files to attempt the firmware update as the link to this app is on the Bus Pirate firmware page. I didn't see that there is a special version of ds30 made just for the Bus Pirate, included with the Bus Pirate firmware!)
Otherwise, my Bus Pirate is still working ok, it passes the self test, etc.