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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Buy or not? on: October 27, 2011, 09:38:18 AM
I'm basically just looking for something to play around, install new kernels and see what use cases for such a device I might find...

The DreamPlug looks interesting, as does the D2Plug.

I've had a Sheevaplug development kit running for over a year. I've replaced the power supply with an external one. It works well. But if I were wanting a new tiny computer now, I'd wait for this:


"An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25."

Supposed to come out later this year.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Which device is right for us? on: September 11, 2011, 01:28:31 PM

Take a look at the Raspberry Pi:


"An ARM Linux box for $25"

It has HDMI video out.

I, for one, can't wait Smiley

3  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: sheeva doesn't work on: July 21, 2011, 07:50:13 AM
Sad Sad  Angry Angry

I noticed all the sheeva is flaky. uBoot too. At this point, if i had to spend more money, i'll buy another (different) board.

Is there a warranty?

As far as I know, the Sheevaplug has only a 30-day warranty.

I have removed the internal power supply from mine and replaced it with an external 5V 3A power supply. These are available on ebay for around $6 US.

I had to solder the jack for the power supply plug to the power supply wires on the motherboard. No problem, and the Sheevaplug works great now. It runs Subsonic 24/7, no problem.

4  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: sheeva doesn't work on: July 20, 2011, 05:40:51 AM
i tried to attach it into another power-plug but there's the same problem.

I think odoll was referring to the Sheeva's internal power supply. These are notoriously flaky. They can either be replaced with a new internal unit or with an external 5V 3A unit.
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: SheevaPlug, GuruPlug or other? on: July 06, 2011, 04:59:08 AM

You might also consider a Seagate Dockstar. It can run Debian and can boot from a usb flash drive. They are no longer made but can be found on ebay for about $40 US. It's similar to a Sheevaplug but only has 128 MB RAM. I've had one running a webserver since last September. See here:


6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Flashing LEDs meaning? on: April 11, 2011, 06:59:43 AM
How old is your Sheevaplug ?  I heard that it was not happening on the current models.. since Globelscale had changed their supplier and was now using better components.

I received mine in June, 2010. It may have had one of the newer, "good" power supplies - not sure. The power supply looked OK when I removed it. I wanted to run from an external power supply because of heat. The Sheevaplug runs cooler now.
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Flashing LEDs meaning? on: April 07, 2011, 06:34:28 AM
Good heavens, don't pay $25 for one of these external supplies.  They can be had for around $6 from eBay:


(BTW, given these supplies are becoming so popular, it's probably not a bad idea to have a spare one on the shelf just in case.)

Very good. Thanks for the heads-up on that. Smiley

I'm gonna get one of these from ebay for a backup.

8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Flashing LEDs meaning? on: April 06, 2011, 05:21:54 AM
That's what I was afraid of  Sad

Thanks for the quick reply. Guess it's time to crack my sheeva open and connect a spare 5V power supply to it directly. Anyone done this before?



A couple of weeks ago I started powering my Sheevaplug from an external 5V 3A AC adapter. I'm using this one:


I got a jack at Radio Shack that the power supply's plug will plug into. Then I removed the old power supply and the AC jack from the Sheevaplug. This leaves two holes where the AC jack was. The Radio Shack jack can then be mounted in one of those holes. There's a 4-conductor cable (two red, two black, if I recall correctly) from the old power supply to the motherboard. Cut it off at the old power supply. Solder the red wires to the positive lead on the jack, and solder the black wires to the negative lead on the jack. That's it.

9  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: What's your SheevaPlug's lifetime? on: March 23, 2011, 05:44:12 AM
Mine has been running pretty much 24/7 since last June. Last week I finally got around to removing the original power supply and putting in a plug for an external 5V 3A power supply. It runs cooler now. BTW, the power supply that I took out looked fine - no bulging capacitors or anything like that.

Mine is used only as a streaming music server with Subsonic. It runs Debian squeeze from an SD card.
10  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / U-Boot stuff / Re: Bit copy of flash partitions on: March 11, 2011, 05:51:34 AM
Or perhaps just blow away the whole device using the ESIA installer?


ESIA always worked well for me back when I was originally setting my Sheevaplug up.

11  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Recommended distros to upgrade SheevaPlug? on: November 17, 2010, 10:24:06 AM

Debian squeeze here as well. Rock-solid, used for Subsonic streaming of my music library over the network.

12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: When will a cheap reliable plug better than Sheevaplug come out? on: November 02, 2010, 11:28:23 AM
How about a Seagate DockStar @ approx. $30?

Agreed. I have had one of these running Debian squeeze for about two months now. Great little box for the money. Makes for an excellent NAS and torrenting machine. I think they have been discontinued, so may want to hurry Smiley

13  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter as plug computer on: September 02, 2010, 11:24:29 AM

I just got one of these. Got it running Debian squeeze using the method at http://jeff.doozan.com/debian

Very easy to do  Grin

It's a very nice little box and a heck of a great computer for $36. Will be used for rtorrent and streaming music and video. Sheevaplug will be shifted over to mythtv usage.

14  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Replaced power supply, booted, now brick with no lights...? on: July 30, 2010, 02:17:07 PM

I dont think that 0.2V morr should be a problem....

I hope not. Undecided I have a 5V 3A regulated power supply that I bought for the Sheevaplug for when/if its internal power supply dies. (I.e. not using it with the Sheevaplug yet.) I tested it with a multimeter, and it showed 5.15V.

vputz: yeah, I agree - try another 5V power supply, at least 2A. Also maybe reseat the connector on the motherboard.

15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New QT based installer: Enhanced Sheevaplug Installer Application (ESIA) on: July 12, 2010, 12:47:04 PM
But can anyone tell me or give any link, to how backup your sheevaplug?

See my post in this thread:


Start where it says, "Copy the Debian installation to SDHC card"

Then use my example rsync command to make a bootable backup of the SDHC card. That's about all I can tell you, but I'll say that it works well.

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