Well, I finally got to tinkering with this board and here's the first part of the report as promised...
I loaded it up with 2 gigs of ram and a Pentium Core2Duo 6550, a LG SATA dvd/rw and a WD 160 gb HDD, and decided to make a core/hybrid out of it.
0710B3 dvd install went smooth with special issues untill the AVwizard froze on the DTS test. I hit Ctrl+alt+F2 to try and unmute the spdif out, enter "alsamixer" and it's not there. I try to see what sound card I have just to discover the NO sound card was detected at all.
A quick google search tells me 2 things. What I have is a Realtek ALC889A HD Audio chipset and this thing has problems under windows as well.
A little more digging and I find that Realtek have released a set of linux drivers for this chipset. So I downloaded the driver and installed it, and now everything's working fine, including the AVwizard which does not freeze altough there's still no sound. I unmuted the spdif in alsamixer but still no sound. I might have a defected cable so I'm gonna buy one tomorow just to be on the safe side and continue from there.
More to come ...