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Discussion in UPS Management Devices & PowerChute Software started by Dimitris , 2/11/2016 1:21 AM
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  • dimie71
    Dimitris
    Novice Novice
    Dimitris 2/11/2016 1:21 AM

    Hello, I have 2 APC Back UPS 1100 and I am having a constant problem in both of them. Powerchute is ok at boot time but soon after I get a yellow attention triangle with an exclamation mark. If I hover my mouse over it, it reads Internal communication fault. The installed version is the latest, Powerchute Personal Edition 3.0.2.

    I have the same problem in 2 totally different computers and I really cannot understand why. In one of them I was running windows 8 x64 and after many tries to correct the problem, I ended up thinking there was something wrong with windows. After I upgraded to Windows 10 x64 I realized that this is a constant problem that has nothing to do with Windows or even the configuration of both computers under different operating systems.

    I am writing because this is very annoying. If I unplug the usb and replug it, everything comes back to normal for a very limited amount of time. The exclamation mark returns again. This happens in both devices, in both computers. One computer has Windows 8 x64 and the newer one has Windows 10 x64. Both computers have exactly the same problem, although they do not share the same configuration. The devices are almost new, both of them are under 1 year old. Powerchute reports well in "current status" and I can see all the readings there. Lately it refuses to run a self-test and gives a message "unable to carry out a self-test at this time". I need to add here that self-test passes successfully when there is no exclamation mark (which is when the communication has not stalled) appearing over the powerchute icon at the taskbar. Please note that the computers do not enter standby or hibernate mode, I read somewhere that the loss of communication can be because of this but this is not my case.

    I have been unable to find a solution to the above situation while searching the web. I wonder what can be done to solve this problem, I am really thinking of returning the devices for a refund as the loss of internal communication might mean that the UPS will not shutdown the computers when there is a power outage, just before the battery dies. I am convinced this is a software relative issue, since there are parts of powerchute that are active although there is an "internal communication fault". The devices themselves work fine once there is a power failure, powerchute is the problem.

    Please review this problem I have and try to provide the necessary help to solve it.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Dimitris

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 2/11/2016 1:06 PM (in response to Dimitris)

    Hi,

    When you see this issue what driver is displayed in Control Panel, Device Manager, Batteries? Also, what is displayed in Control Panel, Device Manager, Human Interface Devices? 

    If you are concerned about lost communications with PowerChute you could use the native power option to shut the OS down in the event of a power lose or you could install APCUPSD instead of PowerChute. Be aware if the issue is being cased by a conflict or noise on the Universal Serial Bus changing software application will not alleviate the issue.

  • dimie71
    Dimitris
    Novice Novice
    Dimitris 2/13/2016 1:05 AM (in response to Bill)

    Hello Bill.

    Under control panel, device manager, batteries it lists "APC UPS". Driver provider is APC, driver date is 3/11/2009 and driver version is 1.2.0.0.
    Under control panel, device manager, human interface devices it lists "American Power Conversion USB UPS". Driver provider is Microsoft, driver date is 21/06/2006 and driver version is 10.0.10586.0.

    The link to APCUPSD gives an error for me.
    http://forums.apc.com/forums/apcupsd.org

    Thanks for the reply.

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 2/15/2016 3:36 PM (in response to Dimitris)

    Hi,

    Sorry about the broken link. The link is www.apcupsd.org

    The driver information is correct so that is strange. You should review the information in this post

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/f/yellowdm.htm

  • dimie71
    Dimitris
    Novice Novice
    Dimitris 2/15/2016 9:15 PM (in response to Bill)

    Thanks for the answer Bill.

    The exclamation mark is not in my device manager so the link you gave me is not that relative. There is absolutely nothing wrong in my device manager.

    The UPS under "Batteries" and under HID reports the device works properly in both entries. Not only that, I can access the real time data provided by Powerchute under "current status" even though Powerchute reports there is a communication fault.

    The exclamation mark is a Powerchute exclusive. I have absolutely no other USB device reporting problems of communication

    or any other USB problem whatsoever. When I see the amount of messages referring to this exclamation mark and this communication

    fault, I feel disappointed that APC does not look into this issue that annoys so many people for so long. APC might be making great UPS

    but their software has issues and that is a disadvantage for users and potential buyers.
    I previously used another brand and their software was working as expected.

    I will try apcupsd to see if I can use that instead.

    Thanks for your time.

  • mouridis
    Nikos
    Novice Novice
      This discussion is marked as answered
    Nikos 11/22/2017 4:01 AM (in response to Dimitris)

    I have EXACTLY the same issue as Dimitris. If I had to describe it, I wouldn't be able to deviate much from his initial post.

    Since this thread is old, maybe some solution was found already?

  • Negage
    Antonio
    New Member New Member
    Antonio 1/7/2018 2:15 AM (in response to Dimitris)

    I have EXACTLY the same issue as Dimitris. APC (Schneider Electric) seems to ignore the problem.

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 1/8/2018 4:22 PM (in response to Antonio)

    Hi,

    Sorry for the inconvenience. What is the OS PowerChute is installed on and what is the model of Back-UPS. 

  • sarandinga2
    Maximiliano
    Novice Novice
    Maximiliano 3/15/2018 2:49 AM (in response to Bill)

    I have exactly the same problem.

    I have a Back-Ups BX1100CI-AR. I use Windows 10 Pro.

    I had my unit changed for this problem, but I have the same message with the new unit also.

  • Negage
    Antonio
    New Member New Member
    Antonio 3/18/2018 11:18 AM (in response to Bill)

    Hi,

    I'm using windows 10 and back ups BX700-UI. Direct connection to the computer USB port. I have uninstalled the PowerShute software and used native windows power management and it takes longer to lose the ups but it still happens from time to time. The problem must be on the UPS unit.

  • sarandinga2
    Maximiliano
    Novice Novice
    Maximiliano 3/18/2018 3:17 PM (in response to Antonio)

    I had my unit replaced by a new one since one week ago, but the problem persists.

  • mouridis
    Nikos
    Novice Novice
    Nikos 3/18/2018 3:33 PM (in response to Bill)

    Hello Bill,

    OS is Windows 10 Pro (10.0.16299)

    UPS is Back-UPS XS 650CI (FW version 892.R5.I)

    Powerchute version is Personal edition 3.0.2.

  • mouridis
    Nikos
    Novice Novice
    Nikos 3/18/2018 3:41 PM (in response to Antonio)

    Dear Antonio,

    The thread is called "Powerchute problems" and we've all been reporting a specific problem with PowerChute SW where an exclamation mark appears on the system tray icon and an error is reported while there are indications that the UPS is STILL connected and communicating with the PC. We do not experience periods where the pc "loses" the UPS as you mention. Even when the exclamation mark is there, it seems that powerchute software has not "lost" the UPS.

    If your experience is different, where your pc loses connection with the UPS and the issue, as you say, is unrelated to powerchute software, please start a new thread because it's a different problem.

    Thank you.

  • npapanik
    Nikos
    New Member New Member
    Nikos 3/22/2018 8:37 AM (in response to Nikos)

    Hi to all,

    I have two APC UPS: and old Back-UPS RS 1000 (more than 10 years old) and a much newer Back-UPS RS 550GI. The first is attached to an AMD Ryzen PC running Windows 10 Pro x64 and the second to an HPE Microserver Gen 10 running Windows Server 2016. Both are running Powerchute 3.02. The first shows the exclamation mark from time to time... The second never. The only difference - operation wise - is the fact that the PC goes into standby, whereas the server is always on, 24/7/365. 

    And a comment: the SW/driver hasn't been updated since 2009...

    Back-UPS RS 1000, Back-UPS RS 550GI
  • sarandinga2
    Maximiliano
    Novice Novice
    Maximiliano 3/22/2018 10:09 AM (in response to Nikos)

    I think that the problem may be related to Windows 10 Pro x64.

    Maxi

  • sarandinga2
    Maximiliano
    Novice Novice
    Maximiliano 4/4/2018 2:14 PM (in response to Maximiliano)

    Hello everybody.

    Thera are any news about this problem?.

    Thanks in advance.

    Maxi

  • sarandinga2
    Maximiliano
    Novice Novice
    Maximiliano 4/21/2018 1:56 AM (in response to Maximiliano)

    Not any news?

    Maxi

  • pfff
    pfff
    New Member New Member
    pfff 14 days ago (in response to Maximiliano)

    Got the same problem with APC Back-UPS R/S 1500 and Windows 10 Pro 18.09. Can we expect an update of the driver or the software?

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 14 days ago (in response to pfff)

    Hi,

    We are planning a replacement / update for PCPE 3.0.2. No date has been set as of yet but I am confident it will be this year.

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