Return of the Shiva

Wikipedia says that shiva is the hindu deity known as the “Destroyer”. Interesting that GlobalScale choose “sheeva” as the name for their first plug generation. Sounds a bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy…
Exploded power supply unit of my sheeva
The internet is full of stories and images like the one on the left – “exploded” power supply units cause by… nobody knows for sure. It seems to be that attaching passive usb devices is not a good idea. My harddrive was self-powered but I had also a dvb-t card attached on a non-active usb hub… bad.

As a proper replacement PSU shipped by NewIT would be available only in late February I crafted a replacement together by myself from an unused ac/dc adapter as an external powersupply. I am always a bit scared by hardware-modding but stripping and connecting the wires was easy after finding descriptions like this so my sheeva raised from the death – lets see how long this will last. Next week I will properly shop for an active hub to decrease the PSU risk further. At some point I should also get a real replacement PSU, but at least I can wait and search now for one where the cost isn’t doubled (or even more) by shipping costs…
(Why is there no German based distributor, who has one available?)

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About DonKult

computer science student at the technical university of Darmstadt (Hesse, Germany, Europe, Earth) living in Erbach (Rheingau).
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