The following took place on April 7th, events occur in real time...
Performed a uber ghetto road-test with the motherboard today.. stuffed it in a cardboard box with a vent hole and taped a power supply to the top and ran it headless off an inverter... not good, but I expected no less.
The boot times are ungodly as the temporary hard disk is an old 10gb Maxtor I had lying around and dont care if I crash it, and its running XP Pro without any of the nifty EWF or Minlogon mods, and then autolaunching a play list in WMP.
Taking about 90 seconds to start playback, and the keypad plugin I setup to control it while headless takes another 15-20 seconds before it responds.
The worst part is that the FM transmitter is picking up ALL the interference from the 500w inverter so its pretty much worthless until I get my DC supply and have power run to the trunk.