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Turn it off, leave it on, which is best?

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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    Do you turn your computer off at bedtime or let it run during the night? Which is best?
     
  2. Steve W

    Steve W Well-Known Member

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    We have all Mac s, desk tops, lap tops, and iPads.

    Most of our computers went to "sleep" mode when not in use, we only turn them off when we know we are not going to use it for couple days.

    My oldest one is a Mac MINI from 2005, I still use it everyday, rarely turned off since new, it seems working fine.

    We turn off lap tops more often simply because they are battery powered.

    BTW, the best thing about iPad is the battery last more than 3 or 4 movies.
     
  3. Steve W

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    Since we are on the topic, I have a question that I always wondered:

    When shall we charge battery on modern wireless devises? Macbook Air, iPed, and iPhone.

    Shall we charge them when power reserve is low, or half way down?

    TIA
     
  4. pyrdek

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    From the Apple web site regarding battery management in a laptop.


    Mac OS X 10.6: Calibrating a portable computer battery

    Calibrating your battery ensures you get the longest possible running time from it. Calibrate your battery during the first week you own it, and then recalibrate it every two months. If you use your computer infrequently, it’s best to recalibrate it at least once a month.

    Whenever you purchase new batteries, calibrate them as well.
    To calibrate a portable computer battery:

    Plug in the MagSafe Power Adapter and fully charge the battery.

    When the battery is fully charged, the light on the MagSafe Power Adapter connector changes to green and the Battery icon in the menu bar indicates that the battery is charged.

    Allow the battery to rest in the fully charged state for two hours or longer.

    You can use your computer during this time as long as the power adapter is plugged in.

    With the computer still on, disconnect the power adapter and continue to use your computer.

    When you see the low battery warning, save your work and close all applications. Keep your computer turned on until it goes to sleep.

    After your computer goes to sleep, turn it off or allow it to sleep for five hours or longer.

    Connect the power adapter and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged.

    You can use your computer during this time.
     
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    mixer Well-Known Member

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    With the Lithium Ion & Nickle Metal Hydride batterys found in almost all rechargeable devices, recharging when they are almost empty gives you longer battery life.

    Eric
     
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    I put my Dell on Hybernate.

    If hybernate does not appear on your shut down screen, move cursor over Stand By icon and press shift, it turns to hybernate instead of stand by, then click.

    Everything rests, but keep you where you were.

    This works for me.
     
  7. dhip

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    Interesting,,I use to leave mine on all the time.However,it has on it's own decided to start shutting itself off.I know how to set the power features,etc.and do NOT have them set to hibernate or shut off.I use to build computers as a hobby,sort of,so I am aware of most areas and settings that would do this.Just in the last year,it has decided to shut itself off at random.Doesn't bother me,except for the idea I can't figure it out.Have checked fans etc., for over heating,etc.One other interesting thing is I have it set up so I can use the keyboard,screen,etc.,by several computers,actually down to 2 at the moment.When the other computer is left on,then this one stays on also.When I shut the other computer down,low and behold,this one again will on it's own decide to shut down at random.Both are ones I've built,seems one is just showing it has it's own agenda sometimes,LOL.


    Doug H. (pa)
     
  8. Old Doc

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    Was told by a computer geek to turn it off: 1) the hard drive will burn out its bearings at 50000 hours (5.7years). 2) if you have been hacked, they can't use your computer when its off. D Winter
     
  9. johnhefley

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    Sorry to the greenies, but I leave my desktop on 24/7 365 days per year.

    I travel for a living, and frequently need to access files on my desktop. Also, I have a personal weather station at home that posts data on Weather Underground every 5 minutes. This way I can "stay in touch" with home a bit more that I could without it.

    Maybe I'll erect a windmill to power this whole getup.... Nah, it'd probably take an entire array of windmills to power a desktop PC.
     
  10. Hauxfan

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    My sons, who are both in the computer industry leave their computers on 24/7.

    Since they taught me about computers, I do the same and have since I got started in 1999.

    I have yet to burn anything out.

    Hauxfan!
     
  11. halfmile

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    You have to leave it on with the porn videos running for atmosphere along with the soft music and scented candles.

    HM
     
  12. likes-to-shoot

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    I leave mine on 24/7 but remember the fan runs so you need to vacuum dust and debris. If you don't it could overheat. I open mine up about once a month and clean it up with a soft brush attachment on the vacuum..
     
  13. SBray

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    I always turn my computers off when not using them for any length of time.

    My computer repair guy said you could do it either way, others have told me the computer needs to occasionally be shut off to re-group.

    Another reason I turn mine off is that it is less time for the hackers to get on to my computer (even though I use security software).

    Steve
     
  14. shootlow

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    I do as old Hauxfan does. Shootlow.
     
  15. Steve W

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    pyrdek,

    Thank you very much for your post, good read.

    Steve
     
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    A friend of mine who completed the Microsoft certification program advises not to shut a PC down unless you are not going to be using it for an extended period of time because the heating and cooling cycles can cause cracks in the circuit boards.

    Ed
     
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