According to the reference manual, the on chip crystal oscillator can be bypassed to source a clock directly from the EXTAL pin(bypass mode), and the bypass configuration is controlled by bit 24 of the Miscellaneous DCF record. I want to use an external oscillator to provide clock signal to EXTAL pin, and I have two questions:
1. Should the XTAL pin be left unconnected, or be grounded?
2. If bit 24 of the Miscellaneous DCF record is set to '1'(Oscillator enabled), would the external oscillator be influnced by internal oscillator circuits? Would the external oscillator or internal oscillator circuits be damaged?