So I was able to determine my UNO has a problem. Originally I was just getting the error "resp=0x00" when I tried to upload. So I tried the loopback test. FAILED. The power on light works and I can see it in hardware manager. When I tried the loopback test in hyperterminal the RX light flashed at every keystroke. In serial monitor the RX light flashes once when I hit the send command. I get nothing back from either terminal application.
Is it at this point that the board is declared defective? Or is there a fix from here? Brand new UNO that has never accepted an upload.