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G5 and Belkin battery backup ... trouble?

Message #1 - Posted 2006/05/29 - fishfry

I bought a Belkin 375VA battery backup unit to give me time to gracefully shut down the G5 the next time PG&E has one of their momentary power failures -- something that seems to happen at least once a month where I live.

Belkin's software no longer supports OS X ... and I've found a number of reports on the Net regarding general trouble using this unit with Macs.

When I plug in the USB connection, the Energy Saver panel recognizes the unit, and gives me an option to shut down when the unit's running off the battery.

Unfortunately, whenever I have the USB cable connected, I get a popup saying I'm running off battery backup ... then the Energy Saver shuts the machine down.

Has anyone gotten the Belkin to work with Energy Saver properly?

Or should I return this unit and if so, what battery plays well with OS X?

Message #2 - Posted 2006/05/29 - Kevin McMurtrie

Previously, fishfry wrote:

I bought a Belkin 375VA battery backup unit to give me time to gracefully shut down the G5 the next time PG&E has one of their momentary power failures -- something that seems to happen at least once a month where I live.

Belkin's software no longer supports OS X ... and I've found a number of reports on the Net regarding general trouble using this unit with Macs.

When I plug in the USB connection, the Energy Saver panel recognizes the unit, and gives me an option to shut down when the unit's running off the battery.

Unfortunately, whenever I have the USB cable connected, I get a popup saying I'm running off battery backup ... then the Energy Saver shuts the machine down.

Has anyone gotten the Belkin to work with Energy Saver properly?

Or should I return this unit and if so, what battery plays well with OS X?

Return it. I think you'll find many UPSes properly implementing a generic UPS interface.

Message #3 - Posted 2006/05/30 - Jerry Kindall

Previously, Kevin McMurtrie wrote:

Previously, fishfry wrote:

I bought a Belkin 375VA battery backup unit to give me time to gracefully shut down the G5 the next time PG&E has one of their momentary power failures -- something that seems to happen at least once a month where I live.

Belkin's software no longer supports OS X ... and I've found a number of reports on the Net regarding general trouble using this unit with Macs.

When I plug in the USB connection, the Energy Saver panel recognizes the unit, and gives me an option to shut down when the unit's running off the battery.

Unfortunately, whenever I have the USB cable connected, I get a popup saying I'm running off battery backup ... then the Energy Saver shuts the machine down.

Has anyone gotten the Belkin to work with Energy Saver properly?

Or should I return this unit and if so, what battery plays well with OS X?

Return it. I think you'll find many UPSes properly implementing a generic UPS interface.

I think you'll find that a 375VA unit is not large enough to support a G5. I put my dual G5 on a 500VA APC UPS and it would shut down pretty much immediately. You may be having a similar problem with the Belkin for this reason. I have it on a 1200VA APC unit now; no difficulty. The APC comes with Mac OS X software, but you don't need it.

Jerry Kindall, Seattle, WA <http://www.jerrykindall.com/>

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Message #4 - Posted 2006/05/30 - matt neuburg

Jerry Kindall wrote:

I think you'll find that a 375VA unit is not large enough to support a G5

I'll second that one. m.

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Message #5 - Posted 2006/05/30 - fishfry

Previously, matt neuburg wrote:

Jerry Kindall wrote:

I think you'll find that a 375VA unit is not large enough to support a G5

I'll second that one. m.

Thanks to everyone who replied. This unit's going back to Fry's.

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