FT232RL+breadboard arduino programming problems

I am trying to program a breadboard arduino with an ft232rl programming adaptor that I found online. I made the 'duino using a atmega 328 preloaded with arduino uno optiboot from sparkfun. I attached 5volts power, 16mhz crystal, reset button, and an led to pin 13. When power is supplied, the led pulses then stopps suggesting that the bootloader is working correctly. I then connected a ft232rl to the arduino with rx to tx and tx to rx as well as the DTS pin to a 0.1 UF cap and to reset. Then i connected it to my computer via usb and installed the VCP drivers. It shows up as a com port in the IDE and I selected the board as an uno and tried to flash the blink sketch. The lights on the breakout blink, but i keep getting the avrdude not in sync message. I have tried switching cables, usb ports, pressing the reset button while programming, i have gotten rig of the 0.1 uf cap and jumped directly to DTS, i have tried both sets of drivers and have restarted the board, my computer, and the IDE as well as feeding a separate 5 volt source to the chip. How can I fix this? I am using windows vista SP1 with ide version 1.0.1 and a cheap programmer from ebay. 

sspence4 years ago
On some ft232's, rx goes to rx, and tx to tx.

http://arduinotronics.blogspot.com/2013/02/usb-ftdi.html

Tomdf4 years ago
I found a thread over on the arduino forums that sounds very similar to your situation. There are some good trouble shooting resources there that might help you out. http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?topic=102600.0