I am searching for a HTPC case, that would have features that I want and that would be fully compatible with Linux.
Is there a HTPC case, that has BOTH of the following two features:
- Either a large VFD display plus several buttons OR a touch-screen LCD.
- Volume knob.
I will use a projector for the video (I have no TV and I do not want to buy one), therefore either large VFD (i.e. 40 x 4 or so) or a small touchscreen LCD is needed, mostly to be able to select the source for music.
I plan to use a Echo Gina 3G low-profile PCI sound card (6 balanced outputs) and active studio monitors (active speakers). For this reason I want a volume knob on the case (no receiver will be used).
I am fine with a mATX case, but I prefer an ATX case if possible. The case can be low-profile (Gina 3G is low-profile, it should be fairly easy to find a low-profile video card). It should have a slot for a DVD/BR drive, either normal size (preferred) or slim (laptop type).
I found lovely cases, that I see no or very small chance to make it all work in Linux, i.e. the ones that use iMon (by Soundgraph) LCD displays and volume knobs. Examples of such cases are Zalman HD160XT, Thermaltake DH102 or Silverstone SST-GD02B Grandia. I like them, I would accept price up to USD1000 for a full featured case (= with large VFD or touch-screen LCD, remote and PSU), but I cannot find any that would work with Linux (or better say, I find a lot of info from people having serious troubles making it work under Linux).
I also found some VERY expensive cases, like cases made by company called A Tech (it is possible to configure these cases to have volume knobs, larger displays etc.), but the price is simply too high and, more important, I found no info reg. Linux compatibility...
A DIY solution/hint is also welcome, but the price should regret the effort. I found that the car touch-screen LCD's have a nice cradles that should help when mounting the display to a case, there are also many well supported VFD displays, a Griffin PowerMate could probably be attached to the case to act like a volume knob, there are many linux-compatible remotes etc. etc.
The only problem is that simple sum of these items plus a suitable case is probably again near USD1000...
Can you help?
Either by suggesting a case that has the features and will work under Linux.
Or any known DIY setup that would work as expected?