After getting my Arduino to be able to upload a new sketch, I received the error:
“avrdude: ser_send(): write error: sorry no info avail”.
From a search, apparently this is either a USB port, cable, or Arduino jack issue.
After some fiddling, I got it corrected. Not sure which one was causing the problem, but at least I know its not the bootloader or a port conflict.

Another gripe about the Arduino retail package: No frikken USB cable! What the heck? With how much I paid for it, you’d think they’d supply a cable. And not only that, but their jack is a whoppin B-style.

I am all for open-source, but man this thing is finnicky. I still prefer my hook-it-up- and -go Picaxe!