Well, I have made some progress. I have at least one board with an fpga that i can program from my PC.
You can sort of see in the picture that 3 of the 4 leds are illuminated. I wrote a small core for the FPGA to test the two SRAMs that I soldered on. The top one is passing (led #3), but the bottom one is isn't (led #2). led #1 tells me that the test did start and led #4 signals that the test finished. It's just a sanity check (does two writes and checks the first one), I need to do a real integrity check soon.
Not sure what's wrong, yet. I'm hoping It's something simple, like I fried the sram chip, then I can just slice it off and solder up a new one. I guess it's not that big of a deal anyway, I should at least be able to test it with just the 2mbyte of sram. That's more than I had on the de2 at least. Plus I can still solder one more for another 2mbyte.
jeeze it's late. gonna head to bed and head back to my lab in the morning.