The System Reference Manual (SRM) relevant to Revision C4 of the Beagleboard is available on Beagleboard.org for downloading now. Thanks, Jason, for posting it!
I am following the Checkout Procedure given on page 131 of the SRM. My board passes the first part of the procedure. Next step for me is to find an SDHC card somewhere (probably by pleading with my wife for one of hers) and booting off that. So far, so good. I have learned a bit.
May I suggest that the Checkout procedure be modified to say explicitly that you have to use terminal emulation software such as minicom or HyperTerminal to perform the first steps? The text just assumes that the user knows that a terminal window is needed and that might not be the case.
It might be good to add an Appendix showing how to configure minicom and HyperTerminal.
I also noticed Robert Day's board verification procedure
and the original board verification procedure
and I'm wondering which of the three versions is "best" to use -- the one in the SRM which seems to be the "official" one, or either of the Google procedures?