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Leave it on or shut it off? #4103854 05/22/16 08:06 PM
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It is better to leave your computer on 24/7 (and putting it in sleep mode when not using it) or turning it off and restarting it a couple times a day? Computer in question is an HP Pavilion laptop with Windows 7.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103867 05/22/16 08:21 PM
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I leave mine in sleep. It rarely gets turned off. Also a HP Pavilion DM4 laptop with a Samsung SSD.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103870 05/22/16 08:25 PM
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Yep, sleep mode. Don't give your energy company any more money than is necessary.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103877 05/22/16 08:33 PM
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Never shut mine down.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103880 05/22/16 08:35 PM
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I shut my laptop down every evening but just use sleep mode during the day when I'm in meetings or something. It's still running good after 5.5 years.

Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103883 05/22/16 08:42 PM
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I set my laptop to go into sleep mode when I close it up. I restart it maybe once every week or two.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103897 05/22/16 09:01 PM
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Leave it on and restart it every week or two for a freshen up.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103912 05/22/16 09:13 PM
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I haven't restarted my computer in a few years. no reason to really. it's linux though, so that might change things. My wifes win7 laptop runs 24/7 as well. it sleeps when not in use though. i don't know that it's been restarted in a year or so.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: Killer223] #4103913 05/22/16 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted By: Killer223
I haven't restarted my computer in a few years. no reason to really. it's linux though, so that might change things. My wifes win7 laptop runs 24/7 as well. it sleeps when not in use though. i don't know that it's been restarted in a year or so.


not even for updates?


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103934 05/22/16 09:51 PM
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Sleep or off. The processor fan is a wear item in a laptop. Once it stops it no will turn on.

Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103942 05/22/16 10:01 PM
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I just put our computers to sleep. When I see over 100 days of uptime, or remember to, I restart it. If it gets updates, often that causes a restart..

The average runtime of my Apple computers is 51 days right now. My Windows machine crashes something pretty regularly, so is rebooted every few days.

Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: bubbatime] #4103973 05/22/16 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Leave it on and restart it every week or two for a freshen up.


same here


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4103976 05/22/16 11:03 PM
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I remember a while back, reading someone had measured the electrical useage of a couple of laptops and desktops when on sleep, compared to running a couple of apps. I remember the Dell (I had one at that time) on sleep used something like 1/40 of the juice that it did when it was on and running with light useage. From that point onward, I've used sleep/standby as the usual method.

If by "better" you mean, "What uses less juice," then of course turning it off would be better. If you meant, "What would only use little to no juice, but still be very quick to display," then it would be sleep.


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Re: Leave it on or shut it off? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4104003 05/23/16 01:02 AM
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I let mine sleep unless I need to shut it down for cleaning.

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Shut mine down every night. wink2

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