2008/9/24 Peter Vandrish <peter.vandrish@gmail.com>
Maybe it resets because it is trying to draw more current than is available through your configuration.

I checked it now, but the STK500 uses a MAX202 level converter which should be able to output enough current and the power adapter delivers up to 1000mA @ 15V (of course the STK500 turns it down into 5V).

2008/9/24 Dave Hylands <dhylands@gmail.com>
Hi Jostein,

> I received my Gumstix and Robostix two weeks ago for my project this fall at
> the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). The first thing
> I noticed was the weird dents on top of one of the chips on the Verdex XL6P.
> I don't know if they are normal, so I've attached an image of it.

I think I see the dent that you're talking about. It really depends on
how it was created.

It was like that when I got it.

> The other
> image shows how I've connected the Verdex to my computer. The Verdex is
> plugged into the Robostix, and the Verdex FFUART available from the Robostix
> is connected to my Atmel STK500 - which also powers the board with +5V. The
> STK500 contains a level converter and RS232 out which lets me connect it to
> my computer.
> Using kermit I can connect to the Verdex, and at first it seems ok, but then
> it starts resetting.

That's not good. If you have a Wifi chip, then the resetting is
normal. If you don't, then I would be inclined to return the gumstix
for RMA.

I don't have a WiFi chip so I guess I'll have to get an RMA and return it. I ordered another Verdex yesterday to speed things up with my project (might come in handy anyway), so I guess I'll wait for it and check if it behaves the same way. If not, there's no doubt it's defect. 

Thanks for the response guys :)