I've been pulling my hair out on this one because I can't seem to pinpoint the problem. I have an STK500 connected to the ISP header of some board that I made. However, I cannot seem to establish and ISP connection to the avr. I am using an atmega64 in a TQFP package with just the bare minimum soldered to the board to get it working (hold reset high with 47k, and a couple 100nf bypass caps). That's all I should need to communicate I would think. I have tried two board (one of which was fully populated) and neither worked. I know my stk500 works because I can connect to another project of mine without any issues. Do you guys have some insight as to what the issue may be? I have assumed that pin 1 is the smaller dot in the upper right of the picture.
I also probed to make sure gnd and +5v was present on the required pins of the uC and all seems well.