This site represent my small contribution to the Linux communty that has enabled me and many others to
actually build a free, open-source home theatre PC (HTPC).
My experience is that while it is certainly possible to build a system capable of nearly whatever you want,
there are still numerous pitfalls - and maybe more when using Linux than when using Windows :-(
Please note, that all this represents my knowledge as per november 2007 - things are likely to be changing fast :-)
I have been very impressed by the build quality of the Zalman case - except for the screws fastening the harddisk
and the DVD chassis to the enclosure. Be very carefull not to ruin them when first detached - and replace them with
an unbraco/torx/hex bolt as soon as possible. It is standard M3.
I have had an Silverstone enclosure before, and this is way better from a mechanical viewpoint!
But the drivers sucks! Even the enclosed Windows drivers is a disaster, just check the Zalman disussion forum (
US version here).
Edit: The site seems to have shut down in January 2008 so writing to it has ceased -
for the time being the archive does however work.. Their official support site is here
And Zalman has appearently succeeded in finding a touch panel and a remote control interface without Linux support
- so do not expect any help from there. Further more, the unit comes in three versions. The first uses a completely
different touch screen and remote control. This site is committed to revision 2 and 3, where only the LCD is different
(disclaimer - I have the revision 3 and I have not tried this on revision 2, but this is how I think it is..).
Owners of revision 2 should also check this description based on Ubuntu.
I am using the Debian distribution, but the methods should be usable on any Linux with appropriate minor changes.
General remarks when considering building a HTPC
General HD160XT hardware notes
Dual-screen X setup
Remote control driver
PXE network boot