Dell Wyse 3040 $35 OBO

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Im assuming guys using these aren't running a hypvervisor at home already? Seems silly to have such a low power, dedicated unit that is severely limited on what it can do... but obviously 5x cheaper and 2-3x smaller than a SuperMicro 2558 build... so don't take my comments as being negative, I'm learning what ultra-low-power things you can run on them :)


If anyone else wants to share what they plan to run i'm really curious !!! share !! :D
6 necessary *arrs, syncthing and pihole on minimal debian.
 
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ArthurA

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I received a 12v power supply and a 5v Wyse 3040. I have scores of 12v power supplies, 5v not so much. Hopefully they'll resolve the issue without excessive hassle.
 
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I received a 12v power supply and a 5v Wyse 3040. I have scores of 12v power supplies, 5v not so much. Hopefully they'll resolve the issue without excessive hassle.
You should plug it in and blow it up to teach them a lesson.
 
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Im assuming guys using these aren't running a hypvervisor at home already? Seems silly to have such a low power, dedicated unit that is severely limited on what it can do... but obviously 5x cheaper and 2-3x smaller than a SuperMicro 2558 build... so don't take my comments as being negative, I'm learning what ultra-low-power things you can run on them :)
If you mean a C2558 i think they will take it with a smile and perhaps a small chuckle, considering how that is also a severely limited low power unit :)
 
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ArthurA

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You should plug it in and blow it up to teach them a lesson.
The barrels aren't physically compatible, not that I would willfully destroy something even if they had requested a return of anything.

They've indicated they are sending "the correct model". I'm not clear if they're sending a 5v PS, a 12v 3040, or a matching pair...
 
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The barrels aren't physically compatible, not that I would willfully destroy something even if they had requested a return of anything.

They've indicated they are sending "the correct model". I'm not clear if they're sending a 5v PS, a 12v 3040, or a matching pair...
Well, if you did blow it up there's no way they could blame you. Sending the wrong psu with a product is a serious mistake.
 
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The barrels aren't physically compatible, not that I would willfully destroy something even if they had requested a return of anything.

They've indicated they are sending "the correct model". I'm not clear if they're sending a 5v PS, a 12v 3040, or a matching pair...
Might be wishful thinking, but all 3 would be nice. :D
 
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The barrels aren't physically compatible, not that I would willfully destroy something even if they had requested a return of anything.
That's interesting. Is the 12v adapter you received Dell-branded with a Dell part number? I've seen reports elsewhere that the barrel connectors are the same. For example, this thread on the Dell Community forums: Re: Wyse 3040 power supply voltage?

You should plug it in and blow it up to teach them a lesson.
Accidents happen. @ArthurA wouldn't benefit by breaking the device before returning it, nor would it teach the seller a lesson any more than the eBay claim already did (clearly they understood the issue as they're sending out a replacement). Being a jerk rarely gets you anything beneficial.
 
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That's interesting. Is the 12v adapter you received Dell-branded with a Dell part number? I've seen reports elsewhere that the barrel connectors are the same. For example, this thread on the Dell Community forums: Re: Wyse 3040 power supply voltage?

Accidents happen. @ArthurA wouldn't benefit by breaking the device before returning it, nor would it teach the seller a lesson any more than the eBay claim already did (clearly they understood the issue as they're sending out a replacement). Being a jerk rarely gets you anything beneficial.
Yea, just turn the other cheek so you can walk away with a warm fuzzy feeling. Far too many eBay sellers are scumbags who will take advantage of any buyer who takes the moral high road. When you let something like this pass you're doing a disservice to the next sucker ....err buyer who comes along.
 
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Yea, just turn the other cheek so you can walk away with a warm fuzzy feeling. Far too many eBay sellers are scumbags who will take advantage of any buyer who takes the moral high road. When you let something like this pass you're doing a disservice to the next sucker ....err buyer who comes along.
When one of my units wouldn't turn on they sent another one no questions asked. They didn't require me to return the other unit.
 
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Yea, just turn the other cheek so you can walk away with a warm fuzzy feeling. Far too many eBay sellers are scumbags who will take advantage of any buyer who takes the moral high road. When you let something like this pass you're doing a disservice to the next sucker ....err buyer who comes along.
I totally agree with you on sellers that seem to be gaming the system, but I think in this case it's a bit more of an honest mistake since the plug size didn't even match--obvious someone grabbed the wrong power supply (and someone else out there probably has a 5v one that doesn't fit).

We're human so mistakes can happen, but those scumbags that hide behind this to sucker people and abuse the system--yes, totally mess them up if possible.
 
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Mine arrived and it boots into OEM Configuration user mode. Seller did not provide password. I tried to load DietPI on it but for some reason it won't boot the USB drive even tho it sees it and will allow me set it as boot option 1. I get a message saying "boot option not found?" Is there sxome magic trick to installing an OS on a EMMC ?
 
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Mine arrived and it boots into OEM Configuration user mode. Seller did not provide password. I tried to load DietPI on it but for some reason it won't boot the USB drive even tho it sees it and will allow me set it as boot option 1. I get a message saying "boot option not found?" Is there sxome magic trick to installing an OS on a EMMC ?
I didn't run into any issues with installing dietpi on my units, but I can send you an image of the dell bios config for booting if that would help! probably happen late tonight.
 
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I didn't run into any issues with installing dietpi on my units, but I can send you an image of the dell bios config for booting if that would help! probably happen late tonight.
Please do and thanks. Just tried to upgrade to the newest Mint but it was a no go. Think the drive is too small for that to work.
 
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Mine arrived and it boots into OEM Configuration user mode. Seller did not provide password. I tried to load DietPI on it but for some reason it won't boot the USB drive even tho it sees it and will allow me set it as boot option 1. I get a message saying "boot option not found?" Is there sxome magic trick to installing an OS on a EMMC ?
Mine wouldn't boot with a DietPi USB directly, but if I put Ventoy on the USB with a DietPi ISO, it worked fine, and installed fine to the eMMC.
 
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I booted a Linux Mint DVD and nuked the HD. I then burned DietPI to a DVD and it installed without problems. Now how can I tell if it's working?
 
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Mine arrived and it boots into OEM Configuration user mode. Seller did not provide password. I tried to load DietPI on it but for some reason it won't boot the USB drive even tho it sees it and will allow me set it as boot option 1. I get a message saying "boot option not found?" Is there sxome magic trick to installing an OS on a EMMC ?
For the BIOS password, try 'Fireport' - that's the default for a lot of Wyse machines (that's what it was on mine, which I purchased as "BIOS Locked").
 
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Mine arrived and it boots into OEM Configuration user mode. Seller did not provide password. I tried to load DietPI on it but for some reason it won't boot the USB drive even tho it sees it and will allow me set it as boot option 1. I get a message saying "boot option not found?" Is there sxome magic trick to installing an OS on a EMMC ?
All of mine have had a password protected bios. To fix this I had to open it up and hold the PWCLR1 button while powering it up. It will display message on the screen that the password has been cleared.

To install DietPi I used the Native PC UEFI installer instructions. While booting I hit F12 and selected the USB to boot from.
 
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