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    Hi All,

    I've been enjoying the site and my first carputer build. Unfortunatley, I've had a rough start. My setup:

    Via EPIA MII12000
    256Mb DDR
    120 Gb WD Scorpio
    Orinoco Gold PCMICIA WLAN
    M2-ATX PS

    I was starting to install XP when the M2ATX caught fire! Flames shot out of it. I know it was hooked up correctly since the machine was running. I was running off of a regulated 13.8V bench supply. I measured the output voltage.

    I guess I was lucky that my mobo was not ruined, but it did take out my KVM switch and a DVD drive. Bummer. I don't think theses boards get any kind of power on test. You get to test them with your gear. Caveat Utilitor.

    I'm trying to return the M2-ATX to Ituner Networks (mini-box.com) with no luck yet. I asked for an RMA number days ago and still don't have one. I got one short email asking about the driving power supply, but no RMA. I'm getting frustrated. I'm pretty dissapointed in the service so far. I'll be happy to report back if that changes.

    I'd recommend that if anybody wants to use the M2ATX that you burn it in with a dummy load for a day before you hook it up to your equipment.

    For now, the project continues using a standard ATX supply.

    Greg

  • #2
    Originally posted by gregas
    Hi All,

    I was starting to install XP when the M2ATX caught fire! Flames shot out of it. I know it was hooked up correctly since the machine was running. I was running off of a regulated 13.8V bench supply. I measured the output voltage.

    Greg
    Do you have any pictures? It is the same 8 pin part on the 12 volts that dies?
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    • #3
      pics?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by zootjeff
        Do you have any pictures? It is the same 8 pin part on the 12 volts that dies?
        It was Q9, an 8-pin part. Does this part have a history of failure? Here is a picture of it.

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        • #5
          i do like fire!!!!
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          • #6
            I suppose you also like to sing "badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger"
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            • #7
              why hell yes I do! Usually whilst on fire...
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              15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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              • #8
                Im ready to become a full-time anti-M2ATX advocate. The failure rate seems to be a little TOO high, and when I looked up datasheets on some of the converters, they were not rated for the amperage specified in the M2-ATX manual. Too bad I was stupid enough to buy the Ampie case, so Im stuck with the M1/2's....
                MII-12000 / Ampie / Lilliput 7" / BU-355 / PicoPSU / uSDC
                Currently: Enjoying the setup, but always contemplating my next move...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rsd212
                  Im ready to become a full-time anti-M2ATX advocate. The failure rate seems to be a little TOO high, and when I looked up datasheets on some of the converters, they were not rated for the amperage specified in the M2-ATX manual. Too bad I was stupid enough to buy the Ampie case, so Im stuck with the M1/2's....
                  I'm in the same boat. Ampie case. Still no help from Ituner Networks.

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                  • #10
                    hoenstly I've had a great experience with my m2 and ampie. I have 2 m2's in fact, the second powers the rest of the kit.

                    you guys are just unlucky I guess, or you have bad magneto-static bermuda-influced weather holes in your rooms/cars
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                    • #11
                      bummer, this is crazy...
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                      • #12
                        That is nuts...mine fired right up (no pun intended) and has been rock solid since day 1. I bought mine from DigitalWW.

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                        • #13
                          My M2 is very stable. Every now and then the power switch goofs up, but after a second, it gets better.

                          I agree with the Bermuda theory...
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                          • #14
                            i'm glad mine has worked from the start.. i wouldnt know if it caught fire til the whole damn trunk went up in flames lol
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                            • #15
                              Sounds like if I ever buy an M2, I will be putting one of the half dozen long-abandoned mobos wasting space in my closet to use to "burn-in" (pun fully intended) the power supply for a day or two before I dare hook it up to anything I value...
                              But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
                              Originally posted by Viscouse
                              I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.
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