Much hardware failures with Element14-boards


I currently have a set of 20 BBB’s that come from Element14 and show a lot of failures:

  • microSD card of one could not be accessed
  • one died after some weeks without any reason, board is bricked now
  • one stalls during boot after a few days, also connecting power does not always turn the Power-LED on

Since this is quite a large failure rate: anybody else making such experiences with these non-original boards?

…and an other one from same batch:

  • Ethernet not working

Seems for me the small price difference between Circuitco and Element14 boards is finally a very expensive one…