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Solved: Need advice on power backup - UPS/Inverter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by elister, Sep 23, 2009.

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  1. elister

    elister Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a backup solution for my desktop computer (read as: tight budget) which can notify through a software interface about time remaining till batteries run out.

    I am trying to run a server on this machine which I'm planning to use to give a demo to some parties from remote location. So basically this desktop will be unattended. I have written a small utility to gracefully shut down the server in case of power failure so that it doesn't look as though it crashed :eek:. And this utility needs to read the time remaining till total shutdown from somewhere. So I am looking for a budget backup solution which can provide me this data. (It is doesn't need to log it or so, I'm just happy to scoop it from its process memory if I have to.)

    Can you guys suggest any backup-solution or anything which can help me find the time remaining till this desktop shuts down, if running on backup power?

    cheers
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    If the UPS does not have a data cable that connects to the PC and software CD, then there is now way to determine this, most APC brand ups's will have this, unless it is a budget model.
     
  3. elister

    elister Thread Starter

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    Thanks. I settled for $300 1200VA APC. It has the all the features I was looking for.
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    You won't be sorry, they build the best consumer UPS's.

    You are welcome.

    Welcome to TSGF
     
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