Didn't you do this process with the same PCB?
How is my setup different?
I've tried 2 different methods, different pins, different hardware.
So it can't be just 1 bad solder joint.
The only thing they have in common is our PCB.
Maybe I have a soldering defect.
How do I troubleshoot?
Keep in mind the Optiloader process was a success.
Maybe I have made a stupid mistake, I'm new to Arduino.
Something so obvious to everyone they forgot to tell me?
That's why I need your questions! No question is stupid or insulting.
Did you remember to plug in the USB cable?
When I press reset with my old DIP 328 the lights do a sequence.
Shouldn't I expect a similar response even without a Sketch in the new chip?
This does not require a good solder connection to RX.
Does it prove the problem is with TX or Reset?
(I tested power and GND)
Certainly we can eliminate anything related to the PC as suspect.
Let's assume I made a soldering mistake.
Which connections would fit the symptoms?
Works with Optiloader but not IDE loading sketches.
Seems there are only 3 possibilities?
The correct caps are marked 4x 104
Res Brown Black Orange.
Thanks everyone for your time and effort so far,