Hi, please let me know if I'm making an alethzero newbie error...
After connecting via "connect to peer" and enabling the "Mine" button, my mining is shown as "0kH/s" and looking at my system monitor indicates all my cores are idle. Also, the fancy "mining" graph is flatlined. After running for an hour I still have zero wei.
However, if I click the "Force Mining" button under "Debug", my machine springs into action and all my cores are pegged, as I'd expect... unfortunately it looks like I am then mining blocks at a high rate, as if I'm mining blocks on my own local chain. Also, hitting "Force Mining" seems to disable any future block updates from the peers, further suggesting that I am no longer actively connected to the testnet.
So what am I doing wrong, and how do I get some ether for the testnet? (This is such a basic question I'm a little embarassed that I need to ask it and haven't solved it on my own :-)