Beware of the Sheevaplug & Globalscale Technologies: Fried Power Supplies

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Linux | Posted on 02-06-2010-05-2008

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I’ve written a few articles about my Sheevaplug and how great I think it is. It’s a fantastic $99 ARM server. Just add a USB hard drive, and you’re good to go! However, it looks like the power supplies are almost all universally bad. Check the Plug Forums link here. More and more of these things are frying. I thought it was just a few faulty units, but one day, I could no longer SSH into my server. I opened it up, and I noticed that my power supply was fried as well. Also, Global Scale Technologies, the primary seller of the Sheevaplug, isn’t giving any RMA #s outside of a 30 day warranty. So we’re all screwed and out $100. To make matters worse, it looks like the recently shipping Guruplug is having issues as well! As much as I love this small ARM-based platform, it’s really making me consider moving to something like the Artigo A1100! Buyer beware!

Comments posted (3)

Hi,
Apart from losing $100, could this represent a fire hazard ? My sheevaplug is on all the time and I don’t want my whole house to be fried.

Jim.

It SEEMS to me that it might, but I’m not the best person to ask. Head over to the plugforums and ask there.

maybe if you power the disk from a different wallwart it will reduce overheating.

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