New VGA/PS2/Serial cable assembly available for the MediaSmart Server

by Alex Kuretz on April 12, 2009 · 6 comments

in Forum Spotlight

Forum member Charles “cakalapati” has been selling his debug cables for the MediaSmart Server for 11 months with many satisfied customers. These cables connect to the onboard debug connector of the MediaSmart Server motherboard and allow VGA, PS2, and serial connectivity for troubleshooting problems with the home server.

Today Charles has announced the 2nd generation of these cables, which feature a longer and higher quality cable for more flexibility of mounting options, and are now packaged in an assembly that fits conveniently inside the drive tray of an empty hard drive bay of your server.

New MediaSmart Server VGA/PS2/Serial cable assembly

New MediaSmart Server VGA/PS2/Serial cable assembly

Cable assembly stored in an empty hard drive bay

Cable assembly stored in an empty hard drive bay

The cables work with both the EX485/EX487 and EX470/EX475 servers, and prices range from $60-$90 plus shipping.

Thanks to Charles for making these available to us. Be sure to see this forum topic for ordering info.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


T-Bone April 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

This cable looks really nice I might have to try the new cable also hahaha.

Félix Reano April 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hello excuse me for using an electronic translator.
I spent several hours trying to fix my HP Media Smart Server EX490, “I can not. ” I visited several forums discussing it, and I asked for the aid of many people until the end, I think the solution is in my hands “Cable assembly Stored in empty hard drive bay year” or the previous version “New Media Smart Server VGA/PS2/Serial cable assembly”on condition that works with version EX490. I am very interested in purchasing this upgrade kit that will allow me to make programming WHS facing a screen and a keyboard. Thank you send me how to buy this kit.
Thank you very much.

Alex Kuretz April 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

See the first post here for details on how to purchase the debug cable:

Bryan April 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

How to I buy this kit and cables?

Alex Kuretz April 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm
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