New to Arduino

Hi,
I am a PICAXE user who is new to Arduino. I would like to know if it is possible and if yes how to use an FT232 cable to program an Arduino, I would like to use the cable with a stereo plug if possible, failing that the cable with the 6 way header.

Any help would be cool!

Cheers

You'll be much better off with a 'compliant' FTDI cable (6-pin). The bootloaders require the avr to be reset before upload, which is done by twiddling the DTR/RTS line on said 6-pin adapter.

If you want to use a 3-pin cable (RX/TX/GND), you will need to either use a very old bootloader (lilypad) or modify the current one (optiboot) accordingly (longer timeout, check for power-on-reset flag etc...). Might be painful ;-)