I was playing with the Sparkfun easy driver and somehow generated a puff of smoke and couldn't connect to the UNO anymore. I think I put to much power to the board.
I ordered a new ATMega328 Chip w/ bootloader from Sparkfun and placed it in the socket with the semi circular releif facing away from the USB port.
The On LED comes on and stays on when I connect to the board to the computer and the L led flashes a bit and goes out. When I open the Arduino IDE to upload the Blink sketch (to test for functionality) I do not get the option to select a COM port and I get a failure saying there is nothing attached to COM6
I have tried the trouble shooting page and gotten nowhere. I am running Arduino-21 with a UNO on an XP machine.