Eee Box Unboxed
My parents have been using the same old Pentium 2, 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 12 GB HDD machine for the past 10 years. Although it came with Windows 98 First Edition, it has been upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional. And man, is it slow. I think it's high time for an upgrade!
The Asus Eee Box B202 seems like a perfect device for their needs: Occasional Web surfing, word processing, and lots of FreeCell. Their current machine takes eons to boot up, struggles to load most Web pages, and is just plain showing its age. It also won't work with their new printer, since it requires Windows XP at minimum (I'm scared of putting XP on it, as the machine is already having a very hard time with 2000). They've put off upgrading for years, but no more - I've taken it upon myself to help them along.
Being that I'm not made of money (unfortunately), the Eee Box seems like a good computer to get for them with its $349 MSRP. It should get the job done, has Windows XP (Vista is probably not a good idea being that we don't have broadband out here), and as a bonus, it uses only about 20 watts of power on a full load - which is great when you keep your computer on 24/7 as do my parents.
As of the time of this writing, the Eee Box is on its way. I ordered it from Newegg, with whom I have done business before a number of times. Along with the Eee Box, I had a Link Depot DVI to HDMI cable (for hooking the Eee Box to a high-def TV), a Rosewill USB dial-up modem (the Eee Box has no built-in modem option), and an IOGear wireless mouse and keyboard combo included with the order. Fortunately, I already have a spare set of speakers and a USB hub. This is a boon since, if you remember, I'm not made of money.
Once the orders get here, I'll be setting up the machine in my room until I prepare it for them. I plan to hook it up to my TV with the HDMI cable, and setup and run everything from there. If all goes fine, the machine will be handed off to my parents for their enjoyment.
NEXT: The Preparations
Part 0 - Introduction
* 0-1: Foreword
Part I - Plans and Preparations
* I-1: The Plan (You are here)
* I-2: The Preparations
Part II - Unpacking the Eee Box
* II-1: Examining the Package
* II-2: Opening the Package
* II-3: Component and Accessory Layout
* II-4: Getting Ready for Setup
Part III - Setting Up for First Use
* III-1: Positioning the Eee Box
* III-2: Hooking Everything Up
* III-3: First Boot-Up
Part IV - Initial Run and Setup
* IV-1: Getting Acquainted with Splashtop
* IV-2: Loading Windows XP
* IV-3: Installing Applications
* IV-4: Going Online
* IV-5: Running Software
Part V - The End Results
* V-1: Impressions
* V-2: The Hand-off
Part VI - Conclusion
* VI-1: Afterword