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How Often Should You Shut Down?


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#1 art-by-andy

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:10 PM

I'm a digital freelancer and I work on my PC all day, everyday. I turn off my PC at night whenever I'm not using it.

Is this recommended or is it better to just let it run?

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:50 PM

An age old debate.

Bottom line (in spite of other opinions): Windows 98 needs to be rebooted about once a week to work correctly. Windows XP was designed to be left on all the time, theoritically, but it will work better if rebooted from time to time - perhaps once every couple weeks or so. Leaving your computer on all the time will mean the various components are on for many hours, and it stands to reason that components will only work for X number of hours. If you run it all the time you will accumilate more dust in your computer, creating heat and heat is the enemy of healthy electronics. On the other hand if you turn your computer on and off a lot that also taxes it so you may end up wearing out certain parts faster.

Your choice.
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Posted 10 August 2006 - 03:13 PM

There is a compromise between the two choices AF mentions. Hibernate. Hibernating saves energy, faster start up than from shutdown, and is unaffected by power interruption as opposed to standby mode. For me, the occassional restart from updates etc. is sufficient.
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Posted 10 August 2006 - 05:31 PM

Only when I have to shut down or restart. Thank god for battery backups. FC 5_64 offers no issues to being on 24/7 unlike FC3 and Win 95/98/XP who tend not to like the long run times.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 05:57 PM

Thank you. That was great advice. I appreciate your information.




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