Help With Arduino 2009 SMD Bare PCB !

Hello & Good day to you all,

ive only started learning electronics this year but have been soldering all my life, only tinning wires and really simple desoldering/soldering stuff, nothing compared to soldering an Arduino Clone PCB !

Well, i'd bought 4 RBBB kits http://shop.moderndevice.com/products/rbbb-kit and soldered them together, worked 1st time and uploaded Blink Sketch to all of them, worked like a charm with some help from 'LOG' @ instructables,lol, but in error i had previously bought an Arduino 2009 Bare SMD PCB from ebay and thinking about giving it a try to solder SMD components on the 2 PCB'c i have but have 2 questions:

  1. The 2009 Arduino (Duemilanove)http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardDuemilanove mainly began life with an ATMEGA168 but can i simply just use the ATMEGA328 instead as the pin-out pin connections are identical ???

  2. EBAY is STILL Selling plenty of these 2009 Bare SMD PCB's http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-board-PCB-Arduino-Duemilanove-2009-AVR-ATmega328P-PU-168-DIY-Soldering-/170816324819?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item27c57244d3 but there isnt much support for a full spec components list and/or alternative components, ive scoured this site but its got to 'info-overload' - lol - and i have been at-it for 5 weeks now trying to find anywhere that either sells all of the SMD components for this PCB as a 'Kit' of if such a kit doesn't exist (likely-story) the my 2nd question is, WHY ON EARTH are these people selling BARE SMD PCB's on ebay if there isnt much support for them ?!?

NOTE: I really LOVE the fact that the 2009 version has the USB connectivity 'onboard' and really want to try my hand at surface-mount soldering, its going to take me a few weeks to collect up all the components anyway so if any of you Arduino-Jedi's out there have already soldered a 2009 PCB, please could anyone point me to a good few places that'll help me out on my SMD Adventure ?!!!!!?

NOTE 2: I'd stumbled upon this post: http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1273287995 which has helped me out immensely but its a 'read only post' but thanks to everyone who already commented/helped there !

Many many thanks in advance for your time & help, i'd be most-grateful !

offtherails2010: 1. The 2009 Arduino (Duemilanove)http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardDuemilanove mainly began life with an ATMEGA168 but can i simply just use the ATMEGA328 instead as the pin-out pin connections are identical ???

Yes, I've got one with a 328 in it.

Thats Absolutely Great ! Many many thanks for confirming this, i'm truly grateful ! ;-)

offtherails2010:
WHY ON EARTH are these people selling BARE SMD PCB’s on ebay if there isnt much support for them ?!?

They got them cheap? Caveat emptor?

Ahhh yes, the good ol' Caveat Emptor !

ive been seeing this phrase pop up in mostly ALL the places ive tried to track down help on finding the correct/exact/similar components for this PCB...!

Its really difficult to get hold of surface mount components cheaply, i dont mind stocking up 100 of each but most of the big name online electronics stores offer them in 2000 unit reels and theres no way i'd need that many, 'cut tape' would also get quite expensive!

Honestly ! lol

offtherails2010: and i have been at-it for 5 weeks now trying to find anywhere that either sells all of the SMD components for this PCB as a 'Kit' of if such a kit doesn't exist (likely-story)

To put this into context, they probably got the boards cheap from someone who no longer can sell them because the Duemilanove are "old hat". So rather than populating the boards and then selling them dirt cheap anyway, they are just selling the boards.

You can probably work out the parts from the reference schematic, but by the time you get them all in, and work out how to solder them on, I'm not sure you are saving a heap.