UPS preference options in Snow Leopard

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  1. pagardur macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I just bought a UPS battery backup (Belkin) and I cannot find the options to control it in the System Preferences in Snow Leopard.

    I am trying not to install the software included because I tend to not install too many things.

    Can you help, please?

    Thanks.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    A logical starting place is to install the included software.
     
  3. pagardur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you but I understood Mac OS X should recognize the hardware when you plug it in.

    Maybe someone can help.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I assume the Belkin UPS has a USB cable to connect to your computer. Do you have that connected?
     
  5. pagardur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, definitely. I even tried with my printer cable just in case the the original one could be harmed or something.
     
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    It should show up as a third power source in the "Energy Saver" preference pane. APC does, but I haven't read anything specific about Belkin.
     
  7. pagardur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I have even seen a couple of screenshots of this behaviour but I haven't been able to replicate it so far.

    All four sockets have battery backup so in the end I may return it to the shop because that means I cannot connect my laser printer to it.
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    :rolleyes: Just because something "should" do something doesn't mean it will. It's a UPS; what exactly do you need to control anyways? And given the fact that you presumably have the software to make it work however you want, why don't you just install it? There's no reason for anyone to harangue over alternatives when you haven't even tried the obvious solution.
     
  9. pagardur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, there's at least one reason for me: I like to play with my computer. :)

    Anyway, shouldn't be the "obvious solution" just to plug and play the damned thing?
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes. It's a UPS.... you've plugged it in and I assume you've connected all the power cables to it... what's the problem you're having? I don't really understand why you even need software to make it work.
     
  11. pagardur thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I checked every connection, and even tried a different USB cable just in case the included one was broken.

    By getting the UPS controls on the system preferences I can tell the UPS to shutdown my computer before the battery runs out of power.

    I seldom leave my computer on when I go out so this is not really a big deal but I like to know I can get 100% of my hardware.

    Thank you for your interest.

    PS.- We spent a couple of days in Basel this summer. Lovely place.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    UPS drivers aren't commonly included with OS X to my knowledge. You should be able to do what you want if you install their software.

    Basel is nice, much better than crappy Geneva.
     
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    I returned the first UPS and bought a different one. End of the story.
     

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