I tried setting up the LM3S8962 demo (V5.0.3) from both Keil RealView and Eclipse. Both of them gave me connection errors. RealView messaged: "Error: Flash Download failed - Target DLL has been cancelled". I was able to download the blinky (smaller) example onto the board fine using RealView. This suggests that my problem is very unlikely a hardware problem (may be a configuration problem?)
I also tried programming the board from Eclipse using OpenOCD and JTAG. i ran into JTAG connection problem: "jtag_examine_chain(): JTAG communication failure, check connection, JTAG interface, target power etc." Interestingly, it did turn on the "DEBUG OUT" LED.
Anyone ran into similar problems? Has anyone successfully set up the 8962 Demo?