I've tried console, and if I just start it up, there is no output at all to console. If I do the pin 9 trick (ground pin 9 on flash on powerup) it goes into tftp upload mode and the console shows this repeatedly...
> Reading :: TFTP Server.
> Failed.: Timeout occured
Then if I send a flash image it shows the following...
Reading :: TFTP Server.
Done. 3088384 bytes read
Download of 0x2f2000 bytes completed
Write kernel and filesystem binary to FLASH (0xbfc20000)
done. 3088384 bytes written
I've tried tftp'ing the nvram clear, the nvram recover, and finally an image (dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin) separately in a row and all with the pin 9 trick, but after the final power cycle, the box still comes up with no console output, and all lights on solid.
The reset button won't put it into re-flash mode still either. And I made sure to wait 10 minutes between each load although the "Programming" appears to be done within 20-30 seconds.
I think it may be time for JTAG. Can someone point me to some JTAG docs, or give me a brief howto for the box?