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#1 bmike1

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:05 PM

For those of you who never shut down your laptop you aren't doing right. They weren't designed for that; you're going to burn out the computer's fan. If you must have a computer that will be left on for an extended time get a desktop or a tower. I speak from experience. While I haven't burnt the fan out, after 3 years the bearings are starting to go (it is rattling). And while you may say that 3 years is a long life for a laptop not everyone has the money to keep buying laptops every three years. My recommendation (if you can't afford a new computer) is to go to second-hand store and get the newest computer they have and to offer them 50 dollars because, after all, it is an unsupported computer (unless you find a windows7 computer in there). Go in during the day and ask for someone you can negotiate price with.


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:14 PM

 

For those of you who never shut down your laptop you aren't doing right.

IMHO I agree. I always shut my laptop down,  As I have a SSD the boot time is 18 seconds.

 

 

While I haven't burnt the fan out, after 3 years the bearings are starting to go (it is rattling)

And repairs are not cheep.

 

 

And while you may say that 3 years is a long life for a laptop not everyone has the money to keep buying laptops every three years.

I know I don't have the money to replace laptops. 3 years might be a long time in Windows hardware, It is nothing in linux, I know guys who still run Pentium 2.

 

 

I do not shut my desktop down It also has a SSD so the only moving parts are the 4 fans, and they are cheap and easy to replace in towers.


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:33 PM

I am glad to see you guys agreeing on something, jab-jab, just kidding.  I always shut down my laptop, and with linux it is no big deal to restart fast.  Funny thing, at work, our computer went down, and it's a security post.  My supervisor loaded all the info onto an old laptop for about a week.  That thing would get so hot, and  once in a while it would stop working lol.  I told her this and she did not believe me.  I also said it was not working right as a result of all the heat.  She is very computer savy and made her old laptop use all this info in Excel I believe.  She set it up so that we could do searches and log people in and print passes for this security post.  I thought that laptop was going to start on fire, really! lol it got sooo hot.

 

Another really crappy place I worked, they were running a windows 8 system 24hrs a day via. a laptop? lol, doh! with some security software on it.  It fared okay, no heat, I guess they had to run with what they had? 


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:46 PM

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to sit the laptop on blankets when they are in bed, or and I hate this on carpet on the floor.


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 11:03 AM

A leather arm on a recliner really helps the heat problem too.  The problem, not the solution.






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