Again, thanks for your support. It helps me accept the death of my plug ...
$ sudo aptitude install libftdi1
Good point! I did that. But it still complains about the missing library. My guess is that it is searching for this library on the plug.
$ locate libftdi.so
$ sudo php ./runme.php nand
**** Burning uboot and environment variables ... This will take few minutes ...
openocd/openocd: error while loading shared libraries: libftdi.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
**** openocd FAILED
**** Is the mini USB cable connected?
**** Try powering down, then replugging the Sheevaplug
Also, plugging and unplugging the mini USB doesn't bring up any message in dmesg.
I think you are right. The brown stuff is probably elastomer to hold the components down. However it looks pretty much cooked
But I don't understand, you are saying you do or you don't have any elastomer on yours ? In any cases, the power supply still gives me an unstable 3v and putting a load of 10 ohm on it will clamp the output to 0v.
According to my 120v ac, it is pretty much stable and the ambient temperature is room (~23 C). I did piled the plug with my modem, router and external hard drive once. The temperature of this beautiful electronic pyramid climbed relatively high (~60 C). But, this was several months ago and since, I don't pile them anymore. It think that the power supply failure is more related to the USB power overload.