Had a transformer blow out in our neighborhood this morning. Power was
My BBS was obviously down since I do not have a UPS on it. I'm looking for suggestions as to what kind of minimum specs should I be looking for when I purchase one?
ability to power itself back on when the power is lost. I've been
through the bios looking for a setting but I confirmed with Dell that there's not one. Any suggestions? I suspect that I'm out of luck.
Quite some time ago, when I had a UPS, I purchased one of APC's RS
models to get some additional protection against certain line conditions -- it could correct some line conditions without having to switch to battery, if I recall correctly.
But really, any decent-sized UPS with some kind of USB or network connection (so that a power outage can be detected and preferrably all sensitive devices can shut themselves down before the UPS battery gets completely drained) should do. If you opt for a networked one, make sure to check that the software(s) on your devices are compatible with it.
Typical outage times and your load would determine the size/capacity of it.
I remember having a 500 VA one, which meant approximately 5-10 minutes of runtime on battery for my load back then, which was enough for me (that was for my desktop workstation).
As a last resort (for an unattended BBS machine), you might want to
check if there's a power-on timer in the BIOS settings which lets it
power up at a certain time every day. That would mean that no outage
would last for more than 24 hours in practice, should the laptop run out of battery. Assuming that mains actually does get restored within 24 hours, of course. :-D
Thanks for that. Those give me a good starting point.
lan, etc. I may have to start cruising the local second hand shops to
see what's available!
My BBS was obviously down since I do not have a UPS on it. I'm lookingI lost a desktop pc due to a power surge. The motherboard died, but I was able to rescue the hard drive.
for suggestions as to what kind of minimum specs should I be looking for when I purchase one?
I lost a desktop pc due to a power surge. The motherboard died, but I
was able to rescue the hard drive.
that episode was when the phone tech came to check on all of the phone boxes in front of the houses, she told us it wasn't unusual for those boxes to have scorch marks from the surges.
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