I have a BBB and it works quite well however when I power it over the Barrel connector or over the vdd pins rather then use the usb connection it doesn't automatically boot. When I put the barrel connector and usb in at the same time and then remove the usb it continues running. This is running on ubuntu arm. I have tested that the power supply is between 4.95 and 5.04 V and is capable of sustaining this to just over 1 Ampere
Edit it appear the BBB does boot when supplied with 4.7 V lab power supply at ~0.4A power consumption. So that suggest something is wrong with the power supply. But how do I test it seeing I was able to verify that it can supply 1A at 5V.
This power supply works by feeding a 12V battery into a step down to convert it down to 5V if that matters. power-supply power linux beaglebone-black beagleboard