well, downgrading to A04 worked. Bluetooth worked even before i installed netbookmaker.
used the dell slot-load external usb dvd (the one that looks just like the mini10v, to install, used 8.3rc4 and a REAL snow leopard disk from Media Market.
audio worked. wireless, etc. only thing was the wired network didnt appear until after netbookinstaller RC5.
making a blackup to a 32gb usb flash drive, but it incorrectly recognizes the size as 2TB instead of 32GB. weird.
upgrade to 2gb RAM worked fine. replaced the trackpad and keyboard (took them off for the install since it was giving problems before - maybe didn't need to)
battery indicator reporting correctly.
About shows processor as 1.6 unknown. will fix later.
external display didnt auto-detect, needed manual intervention, but 19" lcd working as expected now.
not going to do the update just yet. have read that it can kill audio, and besides, why fix it if it ain't broke?