Eee Box

Eee Box Unboxed

Getting Acquainted with Splashtop

As soon as you power-on the Eee Box, Express Gate (also known as "Splashtop") is loaded. Express Gate is basically a Linux operating system launcher separate from Windows XP that has a small selection of programs and utilities built into it. Once you click on an application in Express Gate, the Splashtop OS loads from the hard drive. The applications on Express Gate include Splashtop Web browser, Online Games, Pidgin multi-protocol chat client, Skype VoIP client, and Photo Manager. There is also a Configuration Panel utility used to adjust various settings. Finally, when you're done, there is a Power Off button you can click to either shut down or restart the machine, or load into Windows XP.

Express Gate launcher

This is an image of the Express Gate launcher. If you don't move your mouse by the time the "Enter OS" timer runs out (ten seconds), Windows XP will load automatically. If you can't seem to get the Eee Box to register mouse movement, try giving the mouse a quick, long push to "wake up" the cursor.

Splashtop OS

This is the actual Splashtop OS. As you can see, it is pretty much a standard desktop environment similar in aesthetics to Windows XP. It supports multi-tasking so you can, say, browse the Internet on the Web browser while IM'ing your friend in Zimbabwe with Pidgin.

NEXT: Loading Windows XP

Table of Contents

Part 0 - Introduction
* 0-1: Foreword

Part I - Plans and Preparations
* I-1: The Plan
* 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 (You are here)
* 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

Back Matter