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Re: APC UPS



On Friday 02 January 2009, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>Craig White wrote:
>> Strange experience I had with Belkin...a bunch of years ago, I bought
>> one of their 4 port KVM switches with USB and it didn't work very well.
>> I wrote them an e-mail and never heard a word back. Some 4 months later,
>> a manager at Belkin called me on the telephone, apologized, sent me
>> their new version free of charge. I still have warm feelings for Belkin.
>
>I've had strange experiences with them, not as good as yours. I had a server
>which kept failing after a short period of operation. It was diagnosed with
> a bad power supply, which overheated and tripped the protection. After
> ordering and installing a new one the behavior continued.

I don't have good feelings about them at all, their linux support sucks, the 
interface doesn't quite follow hiddev rules (and they helped write the damned 
document).

I bitched long and loud when their bulldog monitoring software died when 
kernel 2.6.0 came out.  Then gave up.  6 months later they adnitted to 
haveing a new version available for download.  It works, sorta.  The upsd is 
ok till you start the gui to check on it, then goes to 100% cpu till its 
killed.

Getting curious, I ran 'file' against it and found it had been built on a 
redhat 5.0 machine, using gcc 2.6.x.  If they care so little that they can't 
freely download a cd and install a current version to serve as a build 
platform on that old box, scroom.  When the batteries next die in these two 
1500va units, the name on the front panel gets changed to APC.

>Turned that half of the full wave rectifier in the UPS had died, so the
> battery would slowly drop until it cut out. Since AC was still on it didn't
> bother to tell the server it was about to die! After the server was off the
> battery would slowly charge until the server came back on, then the cycle
> would repeat.
>
>I took great pleasure in recycling that UPS, I didn't want a replacement.
>
Sure can't blame you there Bill.

>--
>Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
>   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
>the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot



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