So following the tutorial on this site I've built an 'Arduino' on a breadboard (ATMega328) with an FTDI breakout board to programme it.
The power LED lights and pressing reset causes the green LED (pin 13) to flash 3 times as expected (this means my chip has a boot loader?). However the ATMega doesn't seem to have the blink-pin 13 program installed. (I sourced the chip from Adafruit).
So my initial questions are: does my chip have a boot loader (I think the answer is 'yes'). Would I expect it to have the blink-led program installed? In which case: any suggestions about what I should check?
So assuming the blink-led program isn't installed I tried to upload my version of it. But I get "avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding". I assume this is a problem with the board rather than the FTDI break-out? Any hints as to what the problem might be? (The red led on the breakout flickers briefly and then nothing, when I try uploading).
I've tried selecting a couple of the boards that use an ATMega328 but it makes no difference. Is there a particular one that should be used (surprised that wasn't included on the tutorial).