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I come back home to find my PC has shut off! I started it up again, then next morning it was off yet again. So I took out the darn UPS and I then plugged my system into the power bar just like before.
Every other day or so I find that my system has shut off, it doesn't seem to do this when I am on the computer though.
(It is def. not a graceful shutdown because MS Outlook complains that it has to ensure the mail file was not currupted).
Anyhow, it is not shutting down due to a setting because MS Outlook complains when I start it saying that my computer was not shut down properly and that it must examine the email file for curruptions --> computer turned off suddenly.
If a program does not respond correctly to a shutdown notification then it will be forcibly closed. If I shutdown while Firefox is open, it does much the same thing as you're describing. (I don't think Firefox is forcibly closed, I think it is closing itself incorrectly.)
Does Outlook give you the same error if you do a clean reboot?
As a precaution, you might want to run Scanpst.exe on your PST file just to make sure everything's all right with that file.
UPS is not recognized, service is stopped.
No outlook doesn't give the same message during a clean reboot, only if it is shutdown unexpectedly.
At this point I think I may just format my hard drive (It has been a while since I have done that anyhow) and it might solve the problem, if not I will have to keep thinking of what could be going wrong!
At this point I think I may just format my hard drive.
When you had everything plugged in did Windows properly recognize the UPS? Was the service running at the time you had the trouble?
Did your UPS come with software? Many of the units I've purchased lately do have software and drivers included on a CD. You might want to give them a try.
Also, check to make sure you are getting 110v (if in the us). I had to run on generator power at home for about a week last year. I had two 100' 12 guage power cords to bring power to the office. Every time I would turn the PC on, it would shut down after about 10 minutes.
What was happening was that there was a voltage drop. The UPS was getting less voltage than it needed so it would flip right over to battery and drain it down. With the PC shut off, the battery would build back up.
If you've plugged back into the power bar consider
1. Most ups don't like a surge protector before or after them.
2. Stupid question - you aren't on any type of a lightswitch for the power receptacle...(I just did that with a laptop.. No wonder the battery didn't charge)
3. Try a voltmeter (if you know how) on the circuit. Watch for voltage drops.
Also, many of the UPSs have a "surge only" side and a "Battery" side. If you are plugged into the surge only, you will not have battery support.
Check to see if the ups added any software for power management. It's possible something like that is taking precedence.
I did indeed connect the battery in the UPS, I even unplugged the UPS and turned my printer on and it did turn on (so the battery in the UPS did hold a charge etc).
Anyhow, the issue now is my computer is still turning off when simply connected to the power bar just like it was before I bought the darn UPS! hehe
thanks for all the tips so far.
I added an auxiliary fan to my machine that fits in one of the slots. It's a bit noisy but it was cheap and easy to install.
Also, check for 'felt' buildup in the air intakes of the case.
I have the casing back on my computer and it hasn't shut off since (oh and the UPS is plugged in again).
Thanks for all your help!