avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00

Hi,

I recently got the error, "avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00"

Which seems to be quite common judging by the amount of threads I've read.

When I load the basic "blink" example sketch,

The RX led is blinking but the TX is doing nothing. Then I get the error.

Also, the reset button is not working either at all ??

I have tried all the resets, and cable re - plug in, check ports and serial com ports stuff. All is ok there.

I've been using the board fine for the last 6 months no issues.

I'm running Arduino IDE on 1.0.1 on Win XP 32bit.


Update:

I get ---->

avrdude: usbdev_open(): did not find any USB device "usb"

when I try the Burn Bootloader option in IDE.