Adilson, yes I did read your reply to my post. I used the addresses that you gave. The info led me back to one of the sellers of this board and some posts that he had with another person who had the same problem as I do. The problem was not resolved, and no further posts were entered. The seller that I bought the board from has been trying to help, but finally said that I should send the equipment back to him so that he can test it himself, maybe I will have to do that.
I've been trying to think of a way to work around the problem by programming the chip with a different method. I have an STK200/300 programmer that I use to program an atmega32. I think I will attempt to use that with the atmega168 on this RBBB board. However, the AT168 has an Arduino bootloader, and I'm not sure how to work around that.