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    APC Power units and beeps...

    How in the hell do you stop the damn things from beeping when on battery backup!?!?!?!

    I have my largest one on my gaming rig and it uses Windows 7 native power controls and I can't load power chute on it cause it won't detect the stupid USB cable to it when I tested the business stuff and it did but using the business stuff won't work to find a option to turn it off. However this still leaves me with two other smart APC's that I can't stop the beeping on. I had the power out for 4 hours tonight and I wanted to keep things on them but the damn beeping is driving me nuts. Last option is to crack them all open and cut a wire to the damn beeper but then I'd have to find which one that is.

    Solutions!??!?

    (This thread was carried over from old server from last night)

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    Beeps are not really needed, they are just there to tell you your main power is missing and your on back up battery. I took mine a part and put a piece of clear tape over the little speaker. It's about 10% as loud.
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    On my APCs and others I just push the button and the beeping stops.
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    Depending on the model...sometimes holding down the "Test" button
    Other models...the PowerChute software can allow you to shut it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Depending on the model...sometimes holding down the "Test" button
    Other models...the PowerChute software can allow you to shut it off.
    A smart ups 420 and a smart ups 1000, test button idea work on them?

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    Having the same issue sava mine is a 1400 I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
    Having the same issue sava mine is a 1400 I think.
    drives me nuts.. I would use them to power a lamp or something when the power goes out but when it beeps every 30seconds that's a bit annoying.

    Lots of storms going through lately and power usually goes out at least 2-3 times a spring and without investing into some sort of generator backup system this is a simple solution.

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    1500 I guess I need to replace the battery.

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    Ok, I managed to get a USB from Serial adapter cable for one of my APC's a 420 but here is the problem, although I got drivers loaded every time I hook up the cable from the computer to the APC, the APC turns off which in turns turns off my damn computer... now wtf!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT View Post
    On my APCs and others I just push the button and the beeping stops.
    Why would the manufacturer purposely build a function into a machine that would waste it's engery/battery?, obviousley it turns off, that key stroke was random, HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    Ok, I managed to get a USB from Serial adapter cable for one of my APC's a 420 but here is the problem, although I got drivers loaded every time I hook up the cable from the computer to the APC, the APC turns off which in turns turns off my damn computer... now wtf!?!?
    Are you still getting a replace battery light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
    Are you still getting a replace battery light?
    no I've replaced them all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    Ok, I managed to get a USB from Serial adapter cable for one of my APC's a 420 but here is the problem, although I got drivers loaded every time I hook up the cable from the computer to the APC, the APC turns off which in turns turns off my damn computer... now wtf!?!?
    The data cable or the power cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    Solutions!??!?

    12 gauge, repeat as necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    The data cable or the power cable?
    The data cable.. its a Serial to USB converter cable. I purchased one to see if I could get this one computer to talk to the 420 to control it with Native Win7 like my others already do to the other APC's I have. This one for some odd damn reason shuts down as soon as the data cable is connected from the APC to the computer.. oddest thing I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    12 gauge, repeat as necessary.
    I agree.

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    1. Open case.
    2. Find micro speaker producing beeps.
    3. Cut positive wire to speaker.
    4. Connect longer wires to each end of cut wire.
    5. Connect longer wires to small toggle switch.
    6. Drill small hole in the case in location of your choice.
    7. Mount toggle switch.

    Now you can turn off beeps when you want, and still have the use of the beep feature when you think you may need it.
    Or just cut the wires and forget the toggle switch if the beeping is a feature you will never need.

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    http://forums.isxusergroups.com/thre...eID=4333&#4333

    maybe this will help explain it as you said you are using a Serial/usb converter.

    Or maybe the setting in XP/vista/7 will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    http://forums.isxusergroups.com/thre...ID=4333ჭ

    maybe this will help explain it as you said you are using a Serial/usb converter.

    Or maybe the setting in XP/vista/7 will help.
    According to that site, it would appear the USB hookup is sending voltage through one or two of the serial pins so it won't work. I guess I'll have to put in a serial card in the computer for it to work properly then.

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