Alright, here's the deal. I've bought a couple Atmega328's and successfully bootloaded them with the Uno bootloader, I can tell because the they now load with the three-times flashing LED on pin13 upon powerup. I've set up all the grounds and Vcc's, 16MHz in the right spot with the right caps, power is filtered, everything is textbook assembled. I've installed the Enhanced IDE upon same failure with the standard and am now inclined to using it. I got a FT232RL programmer, specifically this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110955112158?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
and have wired it so that it provides 5V and Ground via USB and the programmers' Tx is connected to pin0 and the Rx to pin1, as I've read in the tutorial. In the device manager the USB to Serial device is recognized on COM7, which is what I've selected under "Serial port" in the IDE. Then I loaded the Blink sketch from the examples just to try out the connections. For the board, I've tried Uno, Duemilanove w/ 328P, Duemilanove w/ 328, basically any that has the Atmega328 labeled. And I always get the same response, avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00 error message. After holding shift while uploading, I get avrdude: usbdev_open(): did not find any USB device "usb". Serial monitor shows nothing. I've tried pressing reset before uploading, and oh so many more supposed solutions from the internet, and am now stumped. I've done the loopback test and it returns everything, so I'm guessing serial communication is fine. But why I can't get anything to pass onto the chip is beyond me. This is my first time working with Arduino although I've worked with Atmega16's before, but I'm troubled why I can't load anything.
Anyone know what might be the problem? Any help is appreciated.