Ah, once again, abandon technology that WOULD work in an attempt to force
you to buy new stuff. APC should know better than to cast adrift their
existing customers and expect us to have any loyalty to them for the
But so should Microsoft ... this was built in to XP - and did NOT require
APC's Power Chute or anything else from APC - and should have been carried
into Vista given such a critical part of the failure process, and a huge
But thank you for an actual real-world, non-canned answer.
It so happens that I do also have a Smart UPS 750, which does have the USB
port, and I was able to swap it with a Smart UPS 700 which does not, and was
the cause of this missive in the first place. Vista instantly recognized
the USB connection and installed the driver automatically. Now I have to
swap the serial/parallel card I bought and installed to make this work in
the Vista machine to the XP machine. At least I have the technical
wherewithal to know how to do all this AND that I need to ...
But here's a thought ... I had originally removed the factory 56k modem from
the sole PCI slot, put a parallel port in the Vista computer and installed
it's driver to print to a legacy laser printer. I then changed that to the
current serial/parallel card so Vista could sense the power status. Now
I'll be removing the serial/parallel card, and probably sticking the
parallel port back in. What's happening to all these drivers that I'm
abandoning? Does this simply become storage bloat, or is Windows still
looking for the drivers somewhere? And is there any way to get rid of
unused drivers and all their related files?
"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> APC must supply drivers for the serial port UPS to be recognized by Vista.
> They are not going to do so.
> I have a Smart UPS and am in the same sinking boat.
> Richard Urban
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows Desktop Experience
> "No One" <noone@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Hi everyone ...
>> I have an APC Smart UPS 700 that works well and was working on an XP
>> machine that I replaced with a new Vista Home Premium machine. As with
>> most new computers, it does not have a serial port, so I added a new
>> serial/parallel card that DOES include a Vista 32 bit driver, and Device
>> Manager says everything is fine, no conflicts.
>> I hooked up the UPS and there are no options to recognize it. The
>> notification setting has power grayed out and I cannot select it. The
>> power options offer me nothing about a UPS as XP did. Help simply
>> defines what a UPS is, (and I might note that to date Help has not helped
>> me, not even once, nor has the Search.) There is a reference to battery
>> meter, but I cannot get that to show.
>> I take the cable and plug it up to the XP machine and it's recognized
>> after reboot. I plug it into Vista and nothing. Any ideas?