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Old 03-29-2009, 06:14 PM
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Just curious if there is any harm in leaving computers on all the time. The Admiral and I have a laptop in the den and we normally never shut it off. Is this good or bad??


I do shut down my office computers most every night before I leave but hardly ever do we shut down the "net surfing computer" at home
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They need resetting, but if left on they do use a lot of power...

Ever feel how warm a lcd flat screen gets?

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mine is left on all the time .. except for the auto update ..... . my lap top auto shuts " goes into stand by mode" after 10 mins of non use" it tenchally shuts down but one wack of the mouse or a tap of the key brings it up and running again ....
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I leave mine on all the time except when required to restart or traveling.

Speaking of heat, this is what I used to heat my Condo in DC all winter.

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i never shut mine off unless i'm not gonna use it for a few days
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Well...If it's windows (or any O/S really), it needs to be rebooted occasionally.

And if you are connected to the net without a stateful firewall, expect bad things to happen eventually.
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
Well...If it's windows (or any O/S really), it needs to be rebooted occasionally.

Clears the cache

And if you are connected to the net without a stateful firewall, expect bad things to happen eventually.

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Leave it on with a sleep mode to save the screen.

Rebooting your computer (desktop or laptop) is hard on the internals due to the power surge and cold to hot transition. Leaving them on is less stressful on the machine.
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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post
Leave it on with a sleep mode to save the screen.

Rebooting your computer (desktop or laptop) is hard on the internals due to the power surge and cold to hot transition. Leaving them on is less stressful on the machine.
Your computer will be obsolete well before any damage is done by heat stress or power surge, it will also save you around $50- $100 per year in energy costs if you shut it down depending on what it is.
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My last laptop was left on all the time.It lasted around 3 years and then the mother board burnt up.The new,I will shut it down every day just to see if that makes them last longer.Guess a report stateing that it die will come in about 4 years or longer.I hope?
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
Well...If it's windows (or any O/S really), it needs to be rebooted occasionally.

And if you are connected to the net without a stateful firewall, expect bad things to happen eventually.
I just saw something yesterday that mentioned that a computer is more susceptible to viruses if it is left on all the time.
They never actually explained why....
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The techies in my company tell everyone to shutdown every night......especially if you are connected to the internet.
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Originally Posted by Soundbounder View Post
I just saw something yesterday that mentioned that a computer is more susceptible to viruses if it is left on all the time.
They never actually explained why....
Because it is connected for twice as long as if it were turned off 12 hours a day, so if a virus happens to "appear" on your network at 3 am, you are only going to "catch" it if your PC is turned on.

Leave mine on all the time, mostly for convenience but also a holdover from earlier times. Just like a light bulb always burns out when you first flip the switch on, PCs (especially hard drives) used to be the same way. Still some truth in that, but the reliability of components has gotten so much better that these days when something fails it was probably time to upgrade anyway.
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Just saw the following yahoo article which addresses this very subject:

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/130078
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Way back in the Stone Age, a similar discussion went on for years about slide projectors; whether to turn the bulb off between presentations (trade shows) or whether to leave it on. The theory was the same, whether the On/Off/On was going to defeat the bulb's internals faster than a constant application of power.

Same argument, different focus. We keep the computers ON (with fairly quick Sleep mode). Restart on Sundays. OFF if we're gone along with the modems being turned OFF, too.
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To resolve the virus issues just unplug or turn off your connection. As far as the components on your motherboard they will last longer in a steady state mode. I.E. the MTBF (mean time between failure) will increase if you leave your computer on and to save power and heat energy...use sleep mode.
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I leave the Desktop on 24/7 and it has an APC back up power to protect it, as we have surges at the beach all the time. My laptop gets shut down every night.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
The techies in my company tell everyone to shutdown every night......especially if you are connected to the internet.
Me too. And it does save energy for sure. It used to be a PITA to turn your computer off and on because most of them seemed to take forever to boot up. If you have a newer machine now, it should only take 15-20 seconds to boot.

Another thing the techies at my office always mention is that if you have a bunch of programs running in the background - lots of icons, stuff running "behind the scenes" to check for updates to your installed softwares, etc...it will really slow down your booting and overall performance. Especially if you do not have a big supply of RAM.

The way you install software (what you have turned "on" and "off" within an application) really makes a difference in the performance of your machine.

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It won't hurt to leave your pc on all the time I have about 20 computers at work that are left on all the time. Viruses aren't an issue if you are running a virus scanner, and you usually don't get viruses when your computer is sitting idle. Normally only when someone downloads something either from a site or email. The only problem I have had is overheating since they are on all the time they tend to fill up with dust and clog fans. Every so often I pop off the acess panel and clean it out with an air duster.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Because it is connected for twice as long as if it were turned off 12 hours a day, so if a virus happens to "appear" on your network at 3 am, you are only going to "catch" it if your PC is turned on.

Leave mine on all the time, mostly for convenience but also a holdover from earlier times. Just like a light bulb always burns out when you first flip the switch on, PCs (especially hard drives) used to be the same way. Still some truth in that, but the reliability of components has gotten so much better that these days when something fails it was probably time to upgrade anyway.
I realize the numbers game, but they made it sound as if the computer was more vulnerable overall. Not simply because it is on for more hours.

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