HTPC built on Zotac Zbox HD-ID11

I got a Zotac Zbox HD-ID11 with the latest Intel Atom D510 Dual core on ION2. Its a nice piece of hardware for a HTPC but will be a bit on the expensive side if you are building your own. I had to get a internal HDD 2.5″ drive and SODIMM 200 pin 800 MHz DDR2 RAM. I installed XBMCLive. The HDMI doesnt work out of the box so had to patch Alsa to the latest driver to get it working. Still have to update the BIOS to fix the fan “constantly running” issue and a good remote which can use the protocol XBMC understand. Overall, it has been good.

Of course, it has not been easy as the post sounds. I had to rebuild it multiple times to get the whole thing working as expected over the weekend. It reminded me of the old times when you had to rebuild and recompile Linux for every hardware few years back.