Posted 27 February 2005 - 10:45 PM
If it helps any, many people will have different opions on this.
Some say that the majority of the damage is caused by turning on the computer. All the flutuations of power to different components. Similar to that fact that most light bulbs will burn out with you turn them on, as opposed to them already be on.
Other opinions include that fact that by turning off the computer every night, you give it a chance to cool down. Also included with this position are those who say that restarting the computer (at least once a week), allows Windows to make global changes such as updates, more effective.
I will tell you what I do. I leave mine on all the time-leaving in on all the time uses about the same amount of energy as 3-100 watt light bulbs (in my situation). Well, usually once a month to do mainteance, I restart the computer a few times in Safe Mode and run clean up programs and anti-virus.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.