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.
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Last year I build a home server based on the Intel Atom platform. In my second post I mentioned building an HTPC with the same components, but I wasn’t really sure the current Atom processors and Nvidia ION platform could handle video decoding with a full HD resolution. Since a few weeks I’m looking for information how to build an HTPC running XBMC based on the latest Atom processors with Nvidia ION 2. I found this blog and I think I will use more or less the same parts because it’s a very good price/value solution.
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In part 1 I described the requirements and hardware for my home server. In this post I will tell about unpacking and assemblage of the home server.
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I recently decided to build my own Ubuntu home server with the following requirements:
- Low energy consumption
A friend of mine recommended the Asus EEE Box. However, this machine was released a year ago and the price didn’t drop much. And besides, Intel recently released the new Atom generation. Therefore I decided to build my own machine with the following components:
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