Incredibly frustrating! My friend arrived with the MSI Wind PC from the States. Plugged it in, lights up, fan starts - no video, not even POST/BIOS, absolutely nothing! Tried with and without HDD, RAM (which is SO-DDR2 RAM btw, didn't notice that and got normal desktop DDR2 RAM for it by accident), and 2 different monitors - both see that they are connected to something (ie the Check Cable goes away) but they stay in power save mode and can't be coaxed out...
Damn! Have to send it all the way back to the US now to get it swapped and that means at least another 3 weeks before I get it back again.
Andrew - if you get any results on this box could you post them as soon as you can so I know whether to aim for a replacement or refund???
What a pain!... sorry to hear you've got dead unit.
Well our testing with the ATOM Eee Box is going excellently. We have it booting fine after fixing the the NIC driver issue reported earlier (fix for this we have posted here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Realtek_8168
). Our tests at 720p went well using UI2 + Overlay and yesterday we also tested successfully at 1080p using UI2 + overlay. Performance was excellent in both cases. Very impressive in fact!
The only area where we are having a small problem is that the Eee Box will so far only successfully output audio using the SPDIF out on its mulit-port jack at the rear (this is a clever mini-jack socket that works with a normal mini-jack but will also convert into an Optical SPDIF out using a tiny little adapter provided by ASUS...it sends the optical signal out of the centre of the socket!). As far as plain 'old' stereo goes its a no-go so far... but we now suspect this may be a hardware problem on our unit, which is a 'loaner' unit from ASUS, as stereo out is not working inside XP or MagicGate either.
Anyway all in all we like this machine a lot!!!
All the best