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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: I just received a new Dreamplug today on: March 30, 2011, 04:15:18 PM
I also called GST and they said Ubuntu 9.04 comes standard. They said a link on their web-site for a Debian Distribution will be provided shortly so we can flash it ourselves.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Want to buy a Plug. Ionics failed to ship. Other ideas? on: March 15, 2011, 04:47:49 PM
I know they have been bad in the past, but got a 2nd Guru Plug Standard in about 3 weeks lead-time. Also, according to their web-site they have began shipping the new Dream Plug. Both units have Wi Fi as well as Blue Tooth.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Solid Graphics? HDMI? Boxee? on: March 09, 2011, 10:58:25 AM
I see Globalscale have their Guru Display shipping out now. This has HDMI 720p output.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: DreamPlug on: January 25, 2011, 01:19:00 PM
I saw a unit in a static display on the Marvell stand at CES. I asked around and was told GTS will be selling the unit in February. They will not be taking pre-orders and will only start accepting orders once they have stock. It appears they have learn't their lesson.

The unit is physically larger than the Sheeva and Guru's with large vents on the top. Therefore, I don't see heat dispersing to be a problem with this unit. The SP/DIF is of interest to me and I really like the option of changing out the SD card.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug Fan on: October 04, 2010, 10:29:27 AM
What I have found is most of the heat is coming from the CPU. The heat coming off this is heating the ethernet connectors. Therefore the fan is pushing the heat out of the box rather than heating the connectors. If we leave the cover off and have a heat sink,I think this will help. I believe the original units came with a heat sink and not a fan. Perhaps you can ask Globalscale to supply an original unit to you.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug Fan on: September 30, 2010, 12:25:03 PM
I thought about that, but I still need to push the heat out of the case. The plastic case acts more as a insulator and keeps the heat in. I think if we had a metal case the heat sink would work.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Source Code on: September 30, 2010, 09:52:32 AM
I am frustrated with Globalscale not answering on the source code for the Guru Plug. I have found that what I downloaded from the web seems to be different then what is actually shipping. I have asked if I  could have a link to the correct sources.

In the past I have sort of defended Globalscale in my posts, but this is not on. They are selling a Dev Kit yet we can't properly do any debugging.

8  General Category / General Discussion / GuruPlug Fan on: September 30, 2010, 09:44:30 AM
I thought what the heck, I opened up my Guru Server Plus and invalidated the warranty. I have been looking at ways to make the fan run quieter. Therefore I have been putting resistors between the power source and the fan to make it run slower.

Currently I am using a 10 ohm value (I think) and it's running slower and other people including myself have noticed the difference in noise level.

Has anyone apart from me been brave enough to try this? I have been running my unit for about a day and it's warmer but not nearly as hot without the fan..
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Globalscale order process - CAVEAT EMPTOR on: August 29, 2010, 05:29:09 PM
I have been in the industry a lot longer than most. I am use to buying Development Kits, all are flawed in their own ways. And, because you normally are wanting one to write applications for a new IC invariable there are delays.

This is where most are missing the point. You must expect things not to be 100% when you are using a Dev Kit. The Sheeva and Guru's are no better or worse than those I have used from Intel, TI and ST. If you want an appliance then pay double and buy one. Ask any IC manufacturer, they are usually very lucky to sell more than 100 in a year. I believe last year alone there was more than 15 k sold.  Therefore imagine how many issues are going to be reported.

I think Globalscale is not perfect and do a rotten job of keeping us the public informed! I had similar issue with the likes on Intel and their "Atom Dev Kit". Maybe it has made me more forgiving with Globalscale.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Globalscale order process - CAVEAT EMPTOR on: August 23, 2010, 08:45:33 PM
Globalscale is not perfect by a long way!

From my experience they have always made the refunds quickly when requested. They are not the first to release product with issues (look at the Iphone). They conceded there was a problem and then stopped shipping product until the problem is fixed. Obviously they have their work cut out to try and catch up. Let's see how they perform in the next few months now the problem has been fixed.
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Warning: GlobalScale are Thieves on: July 29, 2010, 05:11:51 PM
I did a pre-order in February and only recently got my unit. Sure it took a long time to deliver, but I got my unit plus the free Jtag. I agree communication both email, and navigating their phone system is a nightmare.

I know some of my class mates canceled, and whilst Global advised them, on the same day that a reverse transaction was going through, it took virtually a week before the transaction registered in  their Bank Account. This I think you cannot blame Global, but more of a case of the Banks.

I was not happy to learn about the heat issue, but I've so far had no problem because I'm only using a 10/100 ethernet connection.

Reading between the lines, the delays have been caused by Global's Engineers working on the fix. Probably they stopped producing units until a fix was evident. There is no point to continue to produce suspect product.

If they were thieves they wouldn't have given refunds. I will probably ask for an upgrade kit, but at the moment I'm happy with what I've got.
12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Fried SheevaPlug !!! on: July 29, 2010, 11:03:43 AM
I called global when my unit got very warm. They said they are now using their own designed "Power Supply", which they manufacture themselves. They decided to go this route so they can control the quality of the components. Therefore, I ordered a replacement. Has anyone got theirs yet, and how is it performing?
13  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: guruplug server plus arrived but died on: May 18, 2010, 11:32:15 AM
I have had my Guru for about 2 weeks. When I got it there was no CD so I called Globalscale and they pointed me to the link to download the files. After playing around with it a bit, I had trouble getting the unit to “Client “mode. After reading the instructions on page 8 of “Quick Start Guide” I was rearing to go.
After reading your posts on the forum I decided to play around with the Ethernet connections. Noticed straight away that the unit was running a lot hotter and after around 8 minutes it rebooted by itself. I thought “dam” my unit is faulty. I then called “Globalscale”. But was advised by reception person to email support.  After 3 days I got a reply acknowledging there is a problem with the power supply, and, either I can ship the unit back for exchange or wait till they have the new version of power supplies available in June. Since I am mainly using the WiFi I have decided to wait till the new power supply is available.
I am obviously disappointed after waiting since February for my unit to have something happening like this. I am a gadget person so know the pitfalls in getting the latest and greatest inventions fresh off the production line. My first Ipod had problems with “freezing”, let’s not talk too much about “Windows Vista”, and my new Ipad will not connect with my “Apple” router. At least I can say  “Globalscale” acknowledge there is a problem and they have a plan in place to rectify the problem.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: guruplug - perhaps bricked on: April 08, 2010, 09:55:36 AM
I got one given to me by Marvell at Linux show. Having real problems- no documentation, no disk.  Is there anywhere I can get info. I called Globalscale but they advise me to post here.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Marvell Staff...Plug Computer 3.0 on: January 13, 2010, 01:01:05 AM
I would say you're not far off. I work for one of Marvell's distributors. They haven't even given us a spec sheet yet for the Armanda CPU and proto samples are hard to come by. So min of 12 weeks to produce the IC after protos approved. Then designer must design and integrate their design which is about 18-20 weeks, so we are looking at probably Christmas.
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