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10.3: Take advantage of built-in UPS functionality
Authored by: dansroka on Feb 10, '04 12:13:13PM

I checked this out here: I have a Cube connected to an APC BackUPS, and a Powerbook (which is not connected to a UPS, of course). It looks like the EnergySaver pref panel does not show any "Settings for" menu for a desktop computer, just for the Powerbook. Therefore, my Cube doesn't have access to any UPS options in my EnergySaver pref panel. Bummer.

Regarding software for UPSs, I switched to PowerGuardian, a 3rd party solution. Gives more robust control than the PowerChute software that comes with the APC units.



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10.3: Take advantage of built-in UPS functionality
Authored by: ducasi on Feb 11, '04 03:58:53AM

Did you try the Menu extra?

I don't have any additional options in my Energy Saver preferences, but the menu works anyway.



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Getting laptop Energy Saver features on desktops; Re: 10.3: Take advantage of built-in UPS...
Authored by: mech_filter on Jun 21, '04 03:10:07AM

It's VAGUELY possible you can actually gain that functionality from your PowerBook. I know for a fact that if you (incautiously) clone your boot drive from a desktop to a laptop that it will clobber the special laptop-only features of Energy Saver. Henceforth (until you fix it) your laptop Energy Saver panel will only have the features of the desktop version. For this reason CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) excludes the Energy Saver prefs file by default.

What this tells me is that these battery-related features are probably simply something in the XML prefs file for Energy Saver, present when installed on laptops and left off when installed to desktop Macs, and not a special function of the binary itself.

Ergo, in theory you should be able to copy your E.S. prefs file from the laptop to the desktop and get those features. If that fails, copying ALL of E.S. from the laptop to the desktop might do the trick.

If someone has a laptop and is reading this, please post your E.S. prefs file (don't forget the [CODE] markup!), and I'll be happy to test it. I have a desktop and a UPS I just acquired, but no laptop. I don't check here every single day, so if you do post the file here, please let me know at mech|the "at sign" goes here|well.com



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