Tuesday 31 August 2010

AOpen S145A Mini-ITX Chassis Power Supply Fans Failing

We purchased quite a number of the AOpen S145A Mini-ITX chassis a while back as they were part of a promo by Intel.

Now that they have been in production for a while at client sites, we are starting to hear complaints about a buzzing or rattling noise coming from the units.

The noise ends up being the power supply fan bearing, or lack thereof, giving way causing the fan blades to rattle about on their spindle.

We have spoken with AOpen but unfortunately we do not have an RMA option with our supplier nor with AOpen in Canada. Our supplier no longer carries the product.

So, what was originally a pretty good deal, is turning out to be not such a good one . . . at least for those of us in Canada.

We will probably end up getting a spec for the fan in the PSU and replace it with a better fan setup. Hopefully they will last a little longer than six months to a year.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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