Turning a desktop PC into a server

Posted on 2006-05-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I have Windows 2000 Server running on a desktop PC.  It runs just fine, but I do have one complaint.  When there is a power outage and my UPS runs out of juice to power the PC the PC obviously turns off.  When the power comes back on, the computer remains turned off.   Typically a REAL server would come back up online as soon as the power came back on.

Is there a way to make a Desktop PC behave like a real server in respect to how it handles power outages, i.e., coming back up online automatically, rather than having to push the power button?

Question by:Softtech
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Check your BIOS - there should be a configuration option of what to do with the power switch and power in general.

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    >> Check your BIOS

    I have checked.

    >> there should be a configuration option of what to do with the power switch

    There is nothing related to how the computer responds to a power outage or power switch on this 7 year old AWARD BIOS PC.
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    Then consider getting yourself an upgraded BIOS - or a new computer.  The BIOS is what's going to control that - if it doesn't support it - and an upgrade doesn't exist to get it working - then there's really no other choice.  
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    >> nothing related to how the computer responds <<   Award is not known for their "Option rich" bios's.
    : /

    If you got software with your UPS, you might be able to set it to put your system in Sleep Mode when it is running on the battery, and Wakeup when the power comes back on.
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    As said: If a BIOS update won't do it then a swap to motherboard that supports that feature is the easiest answer.

    Alternatly: You could get fancy with a momentary relay with a lock-out type circuit such that it only kicks once when power comes available and that doesn't reset unless power goes away. Basically it would momentarily short the same two pins the on-off switch does when ever power comes on. You would probably want to include a switch to disable it too.

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