arduino ethernet programming problems

has anyone else has troubles uploading sketches to am arduino ethernet with an ftdi cable? I know my cable is good but ide fails to communicate with it. I've tried reburning optiboot (successfully). I've got the custom board profile selected, and the appropriate comm port selected. I'll ring out the pins tonight, but I'm pretty stumped a of right now.

What is an "arduino ethernet"?

Cool! I had not seen that yet!

Good Luck.

Can you tell if it is resetting when you hit upload? Optiboot (as compiled for the Uno) pulses pin-13 3 times after a reset. I don't have an Arduino Ethernet, but according to the schematic there's no LED on this pin so you may need to connect one yourself (in series with a 1k resistor to ground, of course).