Word to the wise.... (UPS)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iGary, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. iGary Guest

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    Charge your UPS before plugging it into a $3,000 PM like our bonehead art person did this morning.

    Fried. :eek:
     
  2. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm not sure that I really understand what happened in your case. :confused: I'm very sorry to hear that. :(

    I have a UPS backup. Just plugged it in the wall and then my Mac into the UPS. Very pleased with it.

    Sounds as though you got a malfunctioning unit. APC has offers the insurance program with each sale. Hopefully they will replace your Mac.
     
  3. iGary thread starter Guest

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    New UPS backup, didn't charge it, machine's dead. Don't know.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    If the battery was dead, it should have simply passed through the mains AC. Or nothing. I can't see the mechnism here -- unless the UPS created it's own surge when plugged into the wall with a load on it and no battery juice - but I've never run into that before. A call to APC would be recommended.
     
  5. iGary thread starter Guest

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    It was a known bug - after two hours on the phone with Apple she finally got through to a tech who had a brain (which seems to be the case at Apple). Should be wiped clean and working in an hour.

    My bad. :eek:
     
  6. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to hear your PM is dead. It dosn't make sense that the UPS killed it.
    I just replaced the batteries on 80% of our UPSs at work and while it is good pratice to charge first, it shouldn't make too much a diffrence.

    The power protection circuts, for spikes, are independent of the battery, unless you have a line ups/conditioner, in that case your computer is pretty much running on battery all the time. (The AC is converted to DC and then run back out via an inverter circuit.)

    You PM mught be dead for another reason. Is it new.

    Edit- ignore my post.
     
  7. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    Just for my own information....can anyone translate UPS?
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Uninterruptible Power Supply -- keeps AC power flowing to your computer from a battery, when the building AC power fails or drops below a threshold level.

    Actually a misnomer, because virtuall all UPSes these days are Battery Back Up power supplies, which switch from mains to battery, so there is a short but measurable interruption. A true UPS would be powering the equipment through a energy storage device (battery or mechanical) 100% of the time.

    But everybody calls them UPSes regardless.

    http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/U/UPS.html
     
  9. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    I was confused about this also, as I got a new UPS a few years ago and plugged my desktop into it and nothing happened. Oh well, glad that everything got all cleared up...
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm hoping that you have found an easy fix. Eager to hear that you are up and running. Also would like to know exactly what happened. ;)
     
  11. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    cheers....much wiser now.
     
  12. xli_ne macrumors 6502a

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    i bet that guy was breathing a little harder when he thought he fried that machine.
     
  13. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Ya, glad to hear a good ending. My redemptive side is concerned to hear what happened to the art guy? :confused:
    X
     
  14. XIII macrumors 68040

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    And here was me thinking UPS stood for United Postal Service... :eek:
     
  15. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    me too lol :eek:
     

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