|Processor||1.66 GHz Intel Atom|
|RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||800 MHz|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA 3150|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator3150|
|Wireless Type||802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||6|
ASUS EB1007-B0410 EeeBox Mini Desktop PC (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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The EeeBox PC is a mini desktop PC with huge possibilities.Eeebox is ideal for light PC usage such as web surfing, email checking and photo sharing.EB1007-B0410 - it only requires around 40 watts of power, hence your carbon footprint is reduced by 80% compared to a standard PC.
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The first task was to put an operating system on it. An Ubuntu Live USB stick had the box booted up on version 11.04 in about 20 minutes. Note that this EEE model is certified by Canonical. While I borrowed a VGA display to get the O/S loaded, the next goal was to get a console that is a little more stylish to match the EEE. After loading the appropriate software ("sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-displaylink xinit xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-dev xfonts-base libusb-dev xorg-dev git-core build-essential") the little USB display came to life (MIMO UM-710S USB Powered 7 Inch Swivel LCD Screen Mini Display, also from Amazon).
In the interest of keeping my music and photo collection independent of any particular server, I like to use outboard USB drives as the data store. Here I use the USB powered Oyen 1TB drives. One disk is the primary, the other is a backup drive, which is 'rsync'ed nightly. While it is possible to also use 'md' or 'lv' to mirror drives, this approach has a very big downside: what is accidentally deleted/corrupted is gone for good. Rsync is therefore safer because of recovery options. The data is served up using samba, of course.
For the intended purpose, this box is overkill. Streaming mp3s, for example, shows just 0.5% CPU utilization. So I am now looking for additional work I can give it.
So, if you don't know how to install an operating system, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a box to install Linux on, this is a good deal. I have four eee devices, including the original 7 inch netbook that is still booking along- actually use it as my car laptop- yeah, I'm weird. Like Asus products, though. Have not had any trouble with them.
The Linux system on the motherboard is limited to the point of uselessness, but there's a Ubuntu-based distro (EasyPeasy) that was built for Asus netbooks that went on seamlessly. Well, almost seamlessly... I tried writing an ISO from a Mac with no luck. Formatted the same USB stick as FAT-32 on a Windows box, wrote the same ISO using Ubootin, stuck the USB stick in the Asus box, booted, installed, good to go.
If you know what you are buying, i.e. you checked ASUS webpage for this product, it is a great machine. There is no windows on it, so you better have one available or the intention to put Linux on this one. Really uses little power, it is small and nice looking, and serves well its purpose.
The ones looking for an HTPC computer BEWARE, this computer has a very unremarkable Intel graphics card that will NOT support even 720p video. Even fullscreen youtube videos at 480 can be choppy. If you want an HTPC go at least for the EB1012P which has de Nvidea graphics card.