Thanks so much! You probably can't imagine how happy I am that this problem is finally resolved.
I would love to understand the difference between "-j .text" and "-R .eeprom". I googled for avr-objcopy and all I found was
Copy only the named section from the input file to the output file.
This option may be given more than once. Note that using this
This does not really explains it to me! :-( Can I always use "-R .eeprom" and am done or should I understand what these options mean and use them from case to case?