seems that my brand new smoothieboard has problems connecting to my computer (or vice versa) as the aforementioned error message and few led lights is all that I get. tried the drivers from smoothieware.org but they did nothing at all. also tried in another computer but that did not help either. Im running win7 64 bit. if somebody has some good ideas I would be very intrested to hear them, thanks.
I may have found my problem. after testing with third computer (winXP this time) I tought to check if my usb cable was bad. thats when I found a solder bridge connecting the usb data pins in the backside of the board.
well, I fixed the solder bridge and my computer now sees a removable storage named smoothie, so Im guessing that the problem is solved.