Bad start to Arduino please help

Hi, Not a very good introduction to Arduino - please can someone help I have a Windows XP. The installation seemed to go OK. COM1 is checked. However, when I try to upload the blink sketch I get the error "avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00" Any ideas to help me get going?

I am new also, but I didn't have hardly any trouble getting everything set up and loading a sketch to my UNO. Please advise: What Arduino board? Latest Arduino IDE version 1.0 downloaded? USB drivers loaded OK when USB first hooked up? (My XP computer is using COM4)

I can submit parts of some good docs I used during my inital setup that helped me if you'd like.

COM1 is almost never correct. Re-read the instructions and make sure you did every step (it sounds like you missed installing the drivers completely)

Had the same earlier, make sure you selected the correct board from the menu.