Detecting power loss

Posted on 2004-11-19
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I have a vb application that will be left running 24/7.
The PC will be fitted with a UPS so I need to detect when the mains power fails and the ups kicks in so that I can safely close the application.
I have tried the GetSystemPowerStatus API but this only seems to work with laptops ie, detects when the laptop goes from mains to battery.

Anyone know how I can detect through vb when the ups kicks in?
Question by:monthathip
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I believe the UPS has been connected to the computer through a port.  You should look at the documentation that comes with the UPS to know how to retrieve status of the UPS.  Such UPS may come with its own software, and the software may be configured to take some actions (send emails, open an application, run a script, etc.) based on its status.  If there is no documentation on port communication, you may have it trigger a script which does something.

hope this helps.

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