ADSP-SC589 powered up and IC1000 debugger running, but LEDS won't blink (almost dead).

I am running a simple LED toggling example on the ADSP-SC589 board. The board LED power is on but the other LEDs won't toggle. I used the debugger to step through the code to the part where the GPIO register for the LED toggle pin gets set.  However, the LEDS doesn't respond. It almost feels like the board is dead , but I am not sure how can I can upload code and step through it without any problems. is there a chance the board has some issue. I am using CCES and emulator ICE-1000 for debugging. Please Help?!