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Old 05-05-06, 11:02 AM   #13
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Go with the APC 1500 it has our EPP (equipment protection policy) that will cover your equipment like an insurance policy.

Just remember if your on the wrong end of a surge and the your PC is destroyed and the APC unit is working fine then it did not come down AC line or should I say HOT lead and your claim will be denied. (another topic all together)

I ran our EPP department for 3 years while I was in tech support.
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Old 05-05-06, 11:06 AM   #14
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Rudedog I appreciate your advice and I believe you know what your talking about but, I was looking for a little more info as to why I should pick one over the other. To me looking at the specs they look pretty comparable. In fact the policy with the Geeksquad ones seem higher? Oh and the cool lcd isn't bad either

I know APC is a good brand and I have seen them around quite a bit but I'm willing to bet a major manufacturer makes the other two for bestbuy am I right?
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Old 05-05-06, 11:19 AM   #15
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I checked with the guys in tech sup. We offer nothing but you can use one of the usb to serial adapters then our cable.
I just realized I still have a bit of a problem. XP's onboard UPS monitoring/support requires COM1/2. So unless I use powerchute the USB connection won't be an option. Was hoping to avoid having to load that. Oh well. I guess if I have to I can always install a PCI card w/serial ports on it and use that.
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Definitely APC. I have some 20 of them at work, plus one here at home, and they're great. Never had any problem. And the software is really nice. Oh, and there is a nice driver for linux, too.
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I just realized I still have a bit of a problem. XP's onboard UPS monitoring/support requires COM1/2. So unless I use powerchute the USB connection won't be an option. Was hoping to avoid having to load that. Oh well. I guess if I have to I can always install a PCI card w/serial ports on it and use that.
When you get a USB to Serial converter it emulates a Serial Port. Which should be picked up by Windows and allow you to select. I use them all the time for configuring firewalls, routers and have noticed no difference to a normal serial port.
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Old 05-05-06, 12:18 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the responses guys. Some really helpfull information here. I'll do a little more research and then make a decision.
Buy American, APC has it in it's name, doesn't get more american than that
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Thanks for the info. Next time I replace my motherboard I will probably end up having to try and make this work. Good to know that it shouldn't in theory be a headache waiting to happen.

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Buy American, APC has it in it's name, doesn't get more american than that

I'm with you on that bro.

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Buy American, APC has it in it's name, doesn't get more american than that
Then don't ask me where we make them LOL. It's not america.... They're desinged here but unfortunatily not made here anymore.
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Funny thing happened to me when I reinstalled Windows XP while having my UPS connected via USB cable. After I finished installing XP it detected my PC as a laptop and applied all the laptop power saving options. No big deal but I thought it was kinda weird. I guess XP detected the battery and assumed that it was a laptop but we all know what happens when you assume!!
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Go with the APC 1500 it has our EPP (equipment protection policy) that will cover your equipment like an insurance policy.
I have an APC 1500 for my system and one for the wife's too. Great little unit and it saves me from the frequent brown-outs from our mickey mouse power company on a regular basis. Plus it provides about 40 minutes of battery backup should the local power line breaker trips or the transformer blows, which also happens on occassion. (Though how much battery backup time you get is dependent upon each individual system.)
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