Perhaps it was a problem with the extender board. Oh well, at least this way you'll have the experts looking at it. I really hope mine works out of the box. Looking at the core read-me files it looks like I may have to "reflash" something.
Before installing the FPGA extender card on the C-One mainboard, the board must be flashed
with "Newboot". The extender is "inserted" into the signal path between the 1k30 FPGA and
the VGA output. If the extender is not configured, you won't get any display on the VGA
monitor (black screen). It is therefore required to set the FPGA extender into a bypass-mode,
which is done by the "bypass core" that you should copy to the root directory of the CF card.
The bypass-core is also called "extender.rbf" and it's current size is 206kb. If you download
the Newboot archive, the bypass core is already in the required place.
Well that's about as clear as mud. Anyone know some step-by-step instructions on what I'm supposed to do?
Basically, you need to flash with "Newboot" in order to use the extender.
When you install the Extender board you will be removing a bunch of jumpers from the C-One, and the extender installs there.
The "Bypass Core" is essentially just a core that makes the extender board "emulate" a bunch of jumpers on the board, just like it had before, so that it can use BBClassic to load the original cores.
If you ordered the board w/ the extender I would think it will be coming pre-installed, and the C-One should already flashed for you w/ Newboot & the board and extender should be fully tested together and working already.
I think you will be fine.
This must be torture for you, just get home already and play with your new toy.