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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Is my sheevaplug dead ??? on: August 30, 2010, 12:20:25 PM
For the folk with official PSUs that are on their way, it would be good if you could note what they like and respond on the thread below when they arrive:


There's currently some debate about the background of what is being shipped (photos and discussion in the above).
2  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Another dead one? on: August 24, 2010, 06:59:47 AM
Sound typical?  Am I dead in the water?

Bit hard to say from your description.
What are the lights doing (if anything) and (this will sound odd) does it smell funny?
When my PSU started down the road to failure there was a nasty, acrid, burnt chemical/plastic like smell as the capacitor started to puke its guts out.
3  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 23, 2010, 01:57:54 AM

Another question is whether there is any way of positively identifying what  replacement power supply your received, are there any part numbers on it?

mmm...yeah, there are some numbers on the PCB, but I can see they aren't all visible in the photo.
This particular Sheevaplug is now back up in my loft (nice and hot up there when it's warm outside  Grin ) running my fileserver - I'll pull it apart again this weekend and see if I can get all the details of it and I'll respond here.
Thanks for all the info/input, by the way.

...bit worrying all of this Angry .  Would be very useful to know what others have received and if they could compare to my photo on this thread.
4  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter as plug computer on: August 23, 2010, 01:49:11 AM

You can check the online-shops via the "heise.de Preisvergleich"

Use http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/ and search for
At this time there are 4 Shops which sell for under 20EUR +Postage

From a UK-specific perspective, this might not be such a great deal...

Following through the ordering process at "hardwareversand" (the others might be different, but my German's not that good  Wink ) and the final price + shipping comes to 40.59EUR.
At today's rates, that's 33.11

A less hassle option, if you're in the UK, might be to just plump for Ebuyer, where it's currently 38.37 (including shipping) - ~5 more expensive, but with easier returns etc.

As above, I didn't check the others - I was being very UK-specific, so if their shipping to the UK is cheaper then that would make it a much more attractive deal.
The German price is still cheaper too, of course - lucky Germans  Smiley .

As it stands, I've ordered a combo of the Dockstar and a 320GB Seagate Go drive to go with it for 84.69 delivered (103.811EUR) which seems pretty good value for the two...
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 16, 2010, 12:14:53 AM
mmm...very interesting that Pat, thanks, and a bit worrying of course  Sad .

I currently have two Sheevaplug's, once of which the PSU "popped" in, and so resulted in the replacement above, the other one currently seems to be OK.  I had been debating just buying the revised PSU for the second plug anyway (rather than waiting for it to fail and doing so under warranty).  Now I'm not so sure.

What would be interesting to know is if everyone that has received an official replacement PSU has actually received one the same as mine, suggesting a change in spec for the final replacement product, or whether there are various versions floating about and being distributed now, which might suggest I've just been unlucky and that there more robust replacements actively available.
6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 15, 2010, 03:55:32 AM
The new one was tough to install. Some of the parts in different spots than on the original one so it was hard to get it to fit in the case properly. I had to bend some things around and actually cut a bit of the metal away.

Bit confused by your comment here - is your replacement for a standard Sheevaplug?  If so, i can't see what metal there is to cut away?  As I understand it (and this is how I installed it) the original PSU was in a metal case, but the replacement doesn't use this; you push the replacement into the space where the original PSU (metal case and all) sat, and then clip the black plastic cover over the top - so the cover is the new PSU's replacement for the old PSU's metal case.  When I did this everything fitting pretty well as it should do, the only fiddly bit was getting the power inlet Telefunken socket to clip back into the case (and the installation instructions explain how to do this).
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 12, 2010, 06:43:02 AM
So, my official replacement PSU doesn't look quite like the one in the photo's here:


Rather it looks like the attached image.

The above instructions are good - basically you push the "naked" PSU down into the case on its silicon pad and then clip the black cover over the top.
It is a bit fiddling getting the power connector to snap back into the hole in the case, as mentioned in the info.

Seems to up and running OK at the moment Wink .

8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 12, 2010, 05:57:21 AM
I thought warranty was only 30 days, am I wrong?

It is if you bought it from a supplier in the UK  Smiley (or Sad , if you live outside of Europe, I guess).

Actually, I just received my official PSU today.  The original was in a metal box that clipped together, whereas this has a black plastic "card" covering just the underneath and two sides.  Probably better for cooling, but doesn't look very...ehh...robust.

More worried about it just working properly though as I've been missing my plug - now to give it a go...
9  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 09, 2010, 04:56:59 AM
I decided not to wait and connect my old NSLU2 PSU, working fine. I did void my warranty I guess, if there was still any left after one year of ownership, but for $99 I prefer that instead of waiting with a dead plug....

Yeah, I might have done the same had I not had a 2 year warranty (I have 2 old NSLU2's too Wink ).
As it stands though, I'm waiting for the replacement under warranty, but I'm wondering whether they exist at all "in the wild" yet (even from Globalscale).
10  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / "Official" replacement PSUs - anyone had one? on: August 09, 2010, 01:19:54 AM
Availability of replacement PSUs seems to have been pushed back from the start to the end of the month on NewIT's order page:


As I guess they're waiting on Globalscale, has anyone actually had a replacement PSU direct from Globalscale yet?

I'm now nudging closer towards 2 months of a non-functioning fileserver due to a PSU failure, and as I don't want to void my warranty in any way I've been waiting on the official "under warranty" solution rather than looking at alternatives  Undecided
11  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Wanted to buy -- Sheevaplug V 1.3 pcb from Sheevaplug with dead power supply on: June 21, 2010, 06:05:45 AM
if you bought as an end user from a EU Reseller, you have a two year warranty and need to contact your reseller.

Yeah, I guess I wasn't awfully clear there.  I know the EU laws regarding a two year warranty in general on goods (although I also know the problems folk in the UK have had trying to enforce this for other goods with suppliers/manufacturers) - if that's what you mean?  Looking in the box (that I've just re-found ;-) ) there's mention of a 12 month Limited Warranty anyway.

I guess I was more concerned about what the default response would be on this issue.  I'd expect a UK reseller to just repair/replace or refund within 12 months by default, hence I was a bit surprised to see a pay-option from Globalscale for what appears to be a manufacturing fault...but if that's just for the poor folk stateside with only 3 month warranty coverage, then I guess that explains it :-(.
12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Wanted to buy -- Sheevaplug V 1.3 pcb from Sheevaplug with dead power supply on: June 21, 2010, 03:25:09 AM

I thought I had better point out  GlobalScale are offering their $9.95 replacement power supply now



mmm...bit curious on this.

I bought in the UK around 6 months ago, and I'm assuming that any fix/workaround for my broken PSU will be carried out under warranty and won't incur any sort of charge, being that it's a manufacturing and specification issue.

What's the word on this from Globalscale?  I guess I don't know what the deal is in the States/rest of the world with regard to this sort of thing, but in the UK we have legislation regarding durability ( http://whatconsumer.co.uk/how-long-should-it-last ) and I'd definitely argue that a Sheevaplug should last longer than 6 months without faults!
13  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Poll: Sheeva Plug Power Supply failures - does the mains voltage matter? on: June 21, 2010, 12:27:38 AM
I'll have to add my vote for a Sheevaplug where the PSU has failed in around 6 months running semi-continuously on 240V Sad .

Yesterday I woke up to find that my Sheevplug-based fileserver was unavailable and that the MCB in my consumer unit dealing with the socket it was plugged into (with other things) had tripped.

Checking everything out, and it was one of my Sheevaplugs that had failed - burnt smell coming from the casing, no lights, fuses intact.  Everything else connected to the same surge protector strip (another Sheevaplug, router, modem, Gigabit switch) were all fine.

The plug in question is about 6-7 months old and was connected to a (powered) multi-disk USB enclosure; the SD card with a  Debian install appears to be fine.

For now I've resorted to bringing up an old NSLU2 with Debian and connected that to my USB enclosure just to give me a fileserver again - forgotten just how slow an NSLU2 is running Debian though :-( .

NewIT, where I bought my plugs from, replied very promptly and said that they are expecting some PSUs in from Globalscale within a few weeks and will contact me, so I guess I'll have to wait and see where this goes.  Were it not for the warranty, and sticker covering the casing to enforce it, I'd have opened it up to have a poke around, but from the burnt electrics smell I'm pretty sure it's a blown capacitor or some such.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much better than a nslu2? on: January 21, 2010, 01:45:02 AM
i'll go for a sheevaplug i think, and hopefully i'll be able to get 9mbs on samba.

I get around this reliably, so I don't think you'll have any problems on that front.  As above though, one of the other major joys for me in moving to the Sheevaplug was the difference it made in terms of administering the system - my NSLU2s (running Debian) were getting a real pain, in this respect.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much better than a nslu2? on: January 20, 2010, 04:21:23 PM

Not that it was mentioned as a requirement, but the Draytek does have an ADSL modem - see the link.  I have two broadband connections - one cable, one ADSL - and the Draytek is the (single) router I currently use to manage them.  I had also thought that there was an ADSL version of the DIR-655, but now I look I can't find it.

and the Vigor one only has 1 Gbit port (the rest are 100/10).

...as I said, these are both routers I have owned with Gigabit ports - the Draytek's is a server uplink, but the point was that such routers do exist, even if they are in a minority.

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