Thanks for the response Peter. Yes, the com port is recognized and along with the proper board. I even tried to reinstall the boot loader and received the same error message. I think that I changed the timing of the chip by placing it in the Uno board, programming it, pulling it for my project , pulling it from the project and reinserting it back into the Uni board. The goal of the project was to see if I could place a new ATmega328 chip in the Uno board, program it, pull it and use it in a project elsewhere.
I believe that I screwed up by placing the new chip in the Uno, programed it, pulled it and run it independently in the project, pulling it from the project and reinserting it back into the Uno. When I reinsert it into the project, it runs fine. Is it possible that by running the chip in the project with a 16mhz clock somehow changes the synchronization of the chip where it is no longer in sync with the Uno board?
I'm new to electronics and micro controllers and I may not be expressing the problem in proper terms and/or describing the issue correctly so it makes sense to others.
Has anyone tried doing this or is this a common practice for making stand alone controllers for projects? I got tried of pulling all my projects apart to make new ones and thought this an easy solution, ha, yeah right.
Thanks for the assistance, greatly appreciated,