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Am I damaging my battery by never using it?

I have a MacBook Pro that stays plugged in for weeks or months at a time. Am I damaging my battery by not using it? I know you should cycle it monthly to recalibrate it...is that good enough? Should ...
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Hardware RAID controller cache battery failure frequency/lifetime?

I'm in an environment that contains many Supermicro servers equipped with Adaptec and LSI MegaRAID hardware RAID controllers. These controllers contain battery-backed cache modules to help boost write ...
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What is the lifespan of an typical UPS battery?

When using a uninterruptible power supply how long does it preserve the original capacity? Say I buy a UPS that holds the necessary load for 10 minutes - I don't want it to unexpectedly come into ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery?

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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Off-brand laptop batteries?

I tend to err on the side of paying too much for quality stuff, but $180 for a standard replacement battery for a Dell laptop makes the $80 knockoffs look pretty tempting. I wouldn't consider it ...
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Smart Array P400 - Accelerator Replacement Battery Failure

TL;DR - Is the immediate failure of a replacement battery, for a failed battery, on a battery backed accelerator for a Smart Array P400 controller a common occurrence? Or are we likely to have an ...
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What purpose does the battery serve on a battery-backed caching RAID controller if the server is on an uninterruptible power supply?

Is the battery redundant if the server is on a properly-sized UPS? There is an option to force write-back mode and I want to understand the risk. It is my understanding that it helps against power ...
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Considerations when buying a UPS Replacement Battery

According to a couple of my Smart UPS 3000s (Model DLA3000RM2U), it is time to replace the battery. Other than making sure I get the right battery for the particular model, are there any other things ...
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Dell Perc 5/i battery replacement - how long until it registers as good?

So I replaced the battery for my Dell Perc 5/i controller since the machine had an error code that it needed to be replaced. I ordered the battery directly from dell based on the service code and ...
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2answers
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Change the UPS battery while it's powered on?

Is it dangerous or not advisable to change the UPS battery while it is plugged in? We have an APC Smart-UPS 1500 and we need to replace its battery. I have the new battery but the UPS powers a few ...
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4answers
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Dell Perc 6/i Raid Controller Battery Missing

I noticed when I installed the Dell OpenManage that the battery on my Raid controller is missing. Is this something that is critical? What does the battery do?
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Buying a Refurbished UPS?

I have a 10 year old APC Smart-UPS XL with battery pack, and need new batteries. Looks like I'll be spending $500-700 in batteries. While shopping around, I noticed a few places selling refurbished ...
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Non-volatile cache RAID controllers: what kind of protection is there against NVCACHE failure?

The battery back-up (BBU) model: admin enables write-back cache with BBU writes are cached to the RAID controller's RAM (major performance benefit) the battery saves uncommitted and cached data in ...
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Data consistency with RAID 5 and BBWC

I have a few questions about RAID 5, BBWC (Battery Backed Write Cache), filesystem (ext3) and optionally mysql. I have a hypothesis and I ask Server Fault community to validate or not this one: -The ...
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3answers
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How can I tell if my hard drive(s) have Battery Backed Write Cache?

How can I tell if my hard drives have a battery backed write cache (BBWC)? How can I tell if it is enabled and/or configured correctly? I don't have physical access to my server. It's a GNU/Linux ...
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Dell PowerEdge 1950 RAID Battery - what kind?

What kind of battery do I need for a Dell PowerEdge 1950 RAID? I am seeing an error code W1228 on the front which means <24 hours for the RAID battery. Per the Dell manual it says I need to ...
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1answer
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UPS Batteries different capacity

I'm trying to get a replacement battery for a Cyberpower UPS model CP425HG. The original battery is 12v, 3.6Ah. However, there are not identical batteries in my area, only 12v, 1.2 amp hour batteries ...
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Battery testing

Is there a program (preferably free) made for testing the battery life of a laptop? That would sort of... keep the time, prevent it from going into standby, etc. Maybe have one mode where it just ...
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how do I properly measure capacity of a UPS battery?

How can I properly measure the capacity of a UPS battery? Unplugging it from the wall is a bad idea since it loses the ground, so how can this be done?
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HP Smart Array P400/256MB SAS Controller BATTERY

This is probably a dumb question. I recently purchased a couple of refurbished HP SB40C storage blade for our HP Bladesystem c3000 enclosure. Each comes with an HP Smart Array P400/256MB SAS ...
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Is there a way to find out a computer's BIOS password for the Hard drive? [closed]

I have a computer that a password appeared for the Hard drive, I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro, Model No. M15-S405. I called customer service and they want me to drive 200 miles so they can flash the ...
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0answers
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apcupsd not working properly on centos 5

I have APC UPS and my servers are directly connected to it using power cable. I want to use network link to shutdown servers when ups goes on batter. the following is my config file. ## apcupsd.conf ...
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2answers
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Gracefully Shutdown an Equalogic SAN

Like many others I have jumped on the VMware bandwagon. We are hosting all of our data on an Equalogic SAN and need a "gracefull" way to shut down the VMs and the SAN if the battery backups reach a ...
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1answer
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How to replace NVRAM battery in BlueArc storage?

The RAID/NVRAM battery on a BlueArc Mercury storage host is located in the front of the storage head, and can be replaced without down time. From what I can gather, after battery change, I have to ...
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2answers
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ups to give few minutes for about 20 PCs and 10 Printers

We've a problem in the electricity current for three months right now, I was tasked to get the best solution, and it should be cost effective also, for allowing our application users to save and ...
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Increasing occurrence of “BBU disabled” messages

Until recent my Intel RAID controller (SROMBSASMR) had a monthly occurrence of "BBU disabled: changing WB logical drives to WT", followed about 2 1/2 hours later by "Battery relearn complete". Since ...
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1answer
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LSI 2208 9286-8e MegaRAID controller beeping when connected to 24-bay NexentaSTOR JBOD enclosure

I am getting beeping from the LSI external RAID controller even if I properly shutdown and there is no array re-initialization. Would I be required to use a battery back (BBU) with the LSI controller ...
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2answers
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Optimise httpd/mysql for battery life

this is a bit of a weird one. Basically, I'm going to be on a 12 hour flight soon, and I'd like to know if I could tune Apache2 and MySQL 5.1 to use less CPU/RAM and thus less energy so I can ...
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2answers
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Battery backup for Workstation & Printer

I have been tasked with finding a price for a battery backup solution for our printers. Each printer is listed at 240v 24a <5.5kW and each workstation is using a 500w power supply. We are ...
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Determining a laptop fleet's battery health

I'm trying to determine the battery status of my school's laptop fleet. I should be able to extract this using WMI (as per http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394074(v=vs.85).aspx ) but the ...
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1answer
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Is there a software solution to plug off the laptop? [closed]

Is it possible to plug off the laptop by a command from the laptop, rather than by removing the adapter from power source? I am on Windows Seven, but I will also welcome any note regarding the ...
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1answer
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Could the Input/Output or some other difference between adapters/chargers cause this? [closed]

I have a laptop and my adapter/charger could not be used anymore as the cable was cut. So I bought a new adapter but it was slightly different than the original. My original had (Toshiba's original): ...
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2answers
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Running long time off a battery [closed]

I don't know if this question is suitable for ServerFault, but here it's anyway. I brought what's called power-inverter connected it to a battery charger to test how many amps my computer uses, so I ...
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2answers
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server offline for battery swap? [closed]

I'm a HostGator customer, and they frequently post notices that such-and-such server will be momentarily offline for a "battery swap". What exactly are they swapping? I assume it can't be the CMOS ...