My UPS doesn't seem to
be handling the power outages very well.
The UPS may have a bad battery. Follow the instructions
per the manufacture to fully charge the battery. The unit could also be
overloaded. Try taking some of the hardware off and see if that helps. You
may also want to try a different wall outlet. All other things checked,
though, it is probably a bad UPS.
My UPS doesn't deliver
the amount of backup time the manufacturer said it would.
Don't believe everything you read. Its marketing hype.
The power supply fan
isn't working or works intermittently or is noisy.
You probably need to replace the power supply, but
first, clean the dust out of the supply using a vacuum and/or compressed air
and see if it goes away.
The power supply is
It is probably your CPU fan, in which case you can
troubleshoot as above. If it isn't the fan, then there is a problem with some
electrical component within the power supply. This would warrant replacing
electricity in my house dims and my PC reboots.
Well, what do you expect? The PC gets a power brown out
and it thinks the power is turned off, so it shuts down. Then, when the power
comes back, even a second later, it thinks you turned it back on, so it tries
to reboot. The solution is to get yourself a backup power supply, or UPS.
When I turn the PC on,
nothing happens. The power supply does not turn on.
Well first, make sure the unit is plugged in and
actually getting power. If you have an ATX system, you need to check the case
connectors from the power switch to the motherboard's Power Switch
connectors. Very often, especially when just building an ATX system, these
connectors will be incorrectly connected and will cause the PC to just sit
there dead. You could also have a short circuit in the case, so check for
this as well. If you rule these things out, then the power supply could be
I want to connect
another device to my system but am out of power leads.
Wow, you must have a very full system. But, this is no
problem. Head down to your local Radio Shack and pick up a Y-connector. You
can use this to turn one power lead into two.
98 Power Saving/Standby mode does not work.
There are several potential
causes for Windows 98 Power Saving / Standby mode not functioning such as:
Third party applications.
Power Management Enabled / Disabled in CMOS.
Corrupt APM (Advanced Power Management) drivers.
Hardware components preventing Power Saving / Standby from working.
Verify Power Management is
Click Start / Settings /
Control panel / double click the Power Management Icon verify that the Power
schemes is Always on and specify the time which you want power Management
for the monitor and hard disk drive to activate.
Remove all third party
applications running in the background.
Boot instructions for removing all software running in the
background. Once third party programs are removed from the background verify
if the Power Saving / Standby feature still exists. If the issue has been
resolved its a good possibility that a program that was running in the
background such as a virus protection utility is causing the computer from
going into Power Saving / Standby mode.
Attempt to disable all
screen savers, screen savers such as 3D Flower Box, 3D Flying Objects, 3D
Maze and 3D Text can cause the computer from going into Power Saving /
Power Management Enabled /
Disabled in CMOS.
Generally computers have the
capability of having the computer hardware (BIOS) control power management
and or Windows control power management. Check your computer CMOS to verify
if Power Management is enabled within CMOS. If enabled and the computer is
not going into Power Saving / Standby mode attempt to disable Power
Management in CMOS and follow the below step for reinstalling the APM
drivers in Windows.
Corrupt APM (Advanced Power
Click Start / Settings /
Control Panel / double click the Systems icon / click the Device Manager tab
/ click the + next to System if the first device is not Advanced Power
Management support skip to the next paragraph. If Advanced Power Management
support is present highlight and click the Remove button to remove it from
Device Manager. Once removed reboot the computer and let it reinstall and
try power management again.
If Advanced Power Management
was not listed in Device Manager or once removed was not reinstalled after
rebooting the computer click Start / Settings / Control Panel / double click
on Add new hardware, and let Windows detect and install new hardware (should
detect and install Advanced Power Management support). If Windows does not
detect Advanced Power Management support verify in CMOS that Power
Management is Enabled.
preventing Power Saving / Standby from working.
Some hardware devices such
as USB devices can cause the computer to not go into Power Saving / Standby
mode. If you have recently installed an new hardware it is recommended that
you temporarily remove it to verify it is not causing the issue of going
into Power Saving / Standby mode.