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Anybody program a APC UPS not to beep?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by oldbamaguy, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    That is correct, the APC home theater units (available at Sam's Club for around $110) can disable beep from the front panel. I have 4 of them and they are all configured that way. The front panel LED display also shows input voltage, input frequency, charge state (run time), and actual power being consumed in watts. Very nice units, to be sure.

    A couple of my other (older) APC units can turn the sound off, and several of the even older units cannot turn the beep off, no matter what, and for those you have to learn to tolerate it, go take them off line, or disconnect the speaker internally.
  2. MattWarner

    MattWarner Legend

    Feb 11, 2007
    This is exactly what I did for a UPS that didn't come with software (or I was too lazy to install it). A little electrical tape over the speaker and it is SOOOO much better. It still beeps, but doesn't annoy...
  3. oldbamaguy

    oldbamaguy Legend

    Jun 1, 2009
    The folks at APC chat are there pretty quick and will take the time with you.
    By the way where do I put the tape?? I had one beeping in my lap and I couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from.
  4. smassey22180

    smassey22180 Mentor

    Mar 31, 2007
  5. oldbamaguy

    oldbamaguy Legend

    Jun 1, 2009
    Removing the cover seems a bit drastic to me. I was beginning to think that was the way because I did see where someone pried the speaker off the circuit board.
    Anyhow the PCPES software is available from the APC website - www.apc.com.
    I was using the chat line at APC and they INSISTED that I download their latest version from a link provided - for Vista it was V 2.2.
    V 2.1 came on the CD with the equipment which I wanted to use, but was persuaded otherwise.
    Needless to say the ftp link provided version of V 2.2 for Vista WOULD NOT WORK!! After about a day and a half, the folks at chat were stumped until I suggested that I try V 2.1 on the CD WHICH NATURALLY WORKED!! I am guessing the ftped version would work for them, but not for an "ordinary user", probably permissions.
    You have to have the cable connected for it to work. The cable goes from USB to the RJ45 connector on the side of the unit (mine is an APC ES 550g).
    Once installed, which doesn't take much time, you execute the program. Click on "notification" on the left, then on the right you can see options enable alarms, disable alarms, etc. Select you choice, click on apply and IT WORKED!! (or not worked if you mean NO ALARMS).
    It took two days to "break the code", one day at least due to the agent's insistance that I use the "latest version".
    I tested it on several units turning on, then off the alarms. It workes as requested!! GOOD LUCK!!
  6. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Years ago, an oil delivery company in our town had a sign on it's roof that they rented to a natural gas company. It said, "Go modern, go gas!". The day after it was put up, it said, "Go modern, go gas, go BOOM!" We suspected the oil company changed the sign. :lol:

    That's a true story, by the way.

  7. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    If you say so
  8. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    He most likely meant an APC "Back-Ups", which is one line of APC UPS units.
  9. HiDefGator

    HiDefGator Legend

    Nov 19, 2005
    I use to pry the speakers off all of mine. Pliers and a gentle twist. Worked every time. The new ones are just too easy to hook up to a computer and disable the speaker that way though.
  10. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    A hammer works for that too....but your results might just be different. :D
  11. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    I've used the supplied PowerChute or PowerPanel software to turn off the beeps on all my APC and CyberPower UPS's here. The beeping when AC is lost doesn't bother me (save for the one in the bedroom), but drives my greyhound nuts.

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