Here is my first project log on these forums.... I wrote this log during my work, but I decided to start to post it only when I really had something to show you; so I hope you like it and I wait all your comments (positive and negative). Actually the project started on November 2003, when I sold my rather new Athlon PC to a friend of mine; when he payed me, he was so kind to give me his old Pc for free, so I ended with a nice Compaq Presario picking some dust under my desk. The PC was still functional, so I decided to put together a small linux box acting as my home gateway and as a MP3/CD player. The new PC should run with no monitor, no keyboard/mouse and the audio player should be IR controlled... So I dismantled the Compaq and recovered the following parts: MOTHERBOARD It's a mATX motherboard based on the VIA MVP4 chipset; the CPU is an AMD K6-II @ 475MHz, so plenty of power for MP3 playing! It has an integrated 2x AGP Trident video card and integrated ESS Maestro 3 sound chip. POWER SUPPLY A small 145W ATX PSU; plenty of power for my setup. NETWORK CARDS The "Realtek clone" NIC was in the old Compaq; I found another "true Realtek" NIC in my forgotten-hardware-bin with a very reduced size: perfect for this box! And here is the new house for all those parts: an old and blown Philips CD player thrown away by my parents. I took the remote control too... I started opening the player and found a quite "empty" box with a bunch of chips and a lot of plastic nerves to reinforce it. The electronics were assembled with a nice "clip" system and it was very easy to remove everything: As you can see, there's a lot of work to do.... and I don't have a dremel!!!