Up until now the only way to replace your power supply was to follow the instructions found here in the Wiki which requires you to modify an existing power supply. I am pleased to announce the availability of direct replacement Power Supply Units for the EXxxx Series MediaSmart Servers now being produced and sold by OverTek Ltd.
I have spent the past two weeks exchanging emails with Jon Hutson discussing the power supplies his company is currently selling on eBay. Unlike other companies that claim to sell direct replacement power supplies his company purchases power supplies, modifies them for compatibility for the MediaSmart Server and then tests them before selling them.
While NEW reworked power supplies are available Jon Hutson has also made me aware they also sell USED reworked power supplies at a reduced price and has indicated the used power supplies work equally as well as the new ones. Also, even though OverTek LTD is located in the UK they do ship international.
OverTek LTD has a 100% positive feedback rating on eBay worth taking time to review including a recent user of a MediaSmart Server. I am also happy to report that MediaSmartServer.net forum member canofunk aka Eric Kemp has purchased one of these power supplies for his EX475 and this is what he had to say about his experience.
Very positive experience with Overtek. The PSU in my EX475 died a couple of months ago, and while I’m comfortable with hardware mods (already did the E1640/RAM upgrade, VGA cable, and fan replacement), I just didn’t feel like going through the process of locating and rewiring a power supply to fit in the MSS. Overtek was one of the few options I found on eBay, and while I was initially reluctant since Overtek was located in the UK and I’m in the U.S., I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t expect to see a package for a couple weeks, but less than a week later I had a fully functional replacement that I swapped in without problem. It’s been running perfectly since February. One nice bonus about the replacement unit (at least in my case) is that it’s actually an inch or so shorter than the stock unit, which means that there’s now finally enough room for VGA cable to sit comfortably beneath the drive bays.
Finally, I am also pleased to announce that during my discussions with OverTek LTD, they agreed to offer MediaSmartServer.net forum members a 10% discount on these power supplies until the end of July 2010. To take advantage of this special opportunity or for more information about the power supplies please contact Jon Hutson via his Ebay store.
For those not comfortable with modifying a power supply using the instructions in the Wiki then having these power supplies available should prove to be a very welcome alternative.
For anyone who has purchased one of these power supplies already or is about to please share your experience.