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wonderful person BigH2K <bigh2007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> said
"GSV Three Minds in a Can" <GSV@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I know people here have suggested some names in the past, but I didn't
bookmark them, and my google-fu is failing today. Just had a thunderstorm
go through with about 25 power dropouts, while I was out at lunch,
resulting in 'Unmountable boot volume' stop error and extremely elevated
blood pressure. Oh, did I mention the 2" of rain int he last 24 hours too
PC seems to be fixed now (chkdsk from a WinXP pro CD solved the problem -
the Mesh recovery CD was a much use as a chocolate fire guard), but I
think God is hinting I need to put a UPS under this machine - so which one
guys (and Gals .. Dorothy .. anyone).
Prefer something with Uk standard socket outlets, since that's what most
of the equipment has on the ends of he wires. Just running an AMD 4400x2
PC and TFT (the rest of the stuff can look after itself - it's already
surge protected .. it is really just the disks which hate the whole
'stop - go -stop' nonsense).
Don't think I've seen any with standard 3pin plug outlets, only kettle lead
type. It's easy to fit a trailing extension socket lead with a kettle type
plug though and problem solved.
I use APC units, I've used Belkin and some other particularly unmemorable
brand but I much prefer the APC ones both for home (using three here) and in
schools (about thirty). Their control software is quite good and actually
For the home ones I use 700VA units which will give about twelve to fifteen
minutes run time on quite a meaty PC, certainly plenty of time to cover a
short outage or to shut the machine down safely, excellent surge protection
too. Saved me a few DVD coasters over the last few years and lost games too.
OK, I bought and installed an APC Back-UPS ES 700, which is the one with
Uk sockets, and incidentally the one PC Pro recommended (but hey, they
can't be wrong all the time). £75 from Amazon (free postage, came next
day!) - I could have save a couple of quid elsewhere, but I have more
leverage with Amazon (big customer of theirs) and everyplace else you
have to jump through hoops to figure the total cost, since they never
tell you about shipping until the very end.
Installation was a snip, although I had to re-arrange the whole study so
I could use the top USB ports on my case (it was under a desk before),
since I now need one more than are available on the back. Guess I'll
wait for the next bit of nonsense from Central Power Networks and see
how it copes ...
Thanks to all who responded ..
GSV Three Minds in a Can
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