Building a Home Theater PC part 2

Today I finally assembled my HTPC. There were some stock issues with the case I ordered, so after a week I ordered another. Although the motherboard is passively cooled I decided to enable one of the two case fans. Unfortunately the fans are very noisy when directly connected to the motherboard, so I placed a simple Zalman fancontroller between the fan and motherboard.

After building the HTPC I first installed Ubuntu 10.10 using a USB stick. Then I used this guide to install XBMC.

In order to have smooth playback of movies you need to enable the NVidia drivers. I noticed some strange artefacts and glitches in Gnome (not XBMC) after a while. When the screen is refreshed (e.g. when you switch a user, or start XBMC) everything is normal again but after a while it starts to happen again. I haven’t found a solution yet…

Finally some useful links to new XBMC users:

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