First problem; cannot connect to device, cant ping. Solved by Flashing to latest firmware. If the necessity of doing this is mentioned in the docs, I must have skimmed it.
Second problem; some issue regarding the references to the GHI SDK, reinstalling the library to c:/GHINETMF41SDK seemed to fix it. This may not be the actual solution, but seemed to work for me.
Third problem; system.notsupportedexception when trying to use the Bitmap class. After much searching for a solution, this appears not to be solvable - not enough memory on the Fez panda so bitmap is not included in the library.
I think I’m going to try to load my jpegs bit by bit using some low level write operations similar to how the logo in the Panda demo app loads but using a micro SD card. I’m not sure how fast this can be done.
A better solution would be to use the SD card as a swap file and re-enable the Bitmap class but I guess nobody has done that yet? Come on Microsoft/open sourcers
Anyway, all good fun but maybe I should have waited on the Spider for decent graphics on the LCD.
I hope that this post might help someone solve the above problems quicker than I did.