J. Paul Bissonnette jpaulb at eastlink.ca
Sat Dec 17 18:00:33 AST 2005

Rich wrote:

>Anyone know how to test a UPS?
>I have an old APC650, its about 8 years old.
>The old place we were at, I heard it soundoff maybe once a week or
>month.  Since we moved, its been resetting at least once a day.
>Sometimes, when it resets, everything dies.  I only seen that once
>before when I was in the States and during a lightning storm, but that
>was many years ago.  Today was the first time I saw the power off in
>action.  I updated the kernel thinking it was an APM module, since
>others have seen the same issue.  I noticed it seems they fixed the
>computer from becoming totally dead, when it resets.  
>I run tests on UPS, and it does maintain the power for the computers.
>My system has a larger power supply, 500w, so I moved it off the UPS to
>see if the other machine resets.  Around 8:30 tonight, the UPS reset
>about 5 times, so far.  The other computer didn't reset, it held the
>I think the battery may not be strong enough for my power supply.
>May be time to get a new UPS.  Monitors suck UPS dry in a few minutes,
>so I placed the monitor on the powerstrip.  Sucks when the power goes
>out and the computer is still running. :) 
>So I have a feeling the batteries in the UPS may be beyond their
>lifespan.  The UPS is supposed to maintain power for 35-40 minutes,
>I don't think it can support that today.
How did you manage such a long battery life?  I bought a
APC650 at Future Shop in July 2003 and had to replace the battery  Sept. 
I paid the difference on an upgrade to a XS1000, which has run 15 months 
so far without dying.


J. Paul Bissonnette


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