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bob saget
12-01-08, 03:59 PM
Basically I am curious if its better to keep your computer in sleep mode or turning it off when not in use, or does it really not make a difference.

bacon12
12-01-08, 04:35 PM
Even if I do Bob I always reboot windows at least once a day. If you don't apps start acting funny, not like *nix you could leave running till the hardware died.

breathemetal
12-01-08, 04:40 PM
Mines running 24/7 except when im away from it for a few days or vacation.
I never have issues with this. Nothings ever crapped out or slowed down on me. I reboot here and there, but only for updates/drivers/etc

bob saget
12-01-08, 05:39 PM
i meant more for a conserving power sort of way. is it bad that i reboot 2-4 times a day?

methimpikehoses
12-01-08, 05:40 PM
I turn mine off at night. I don't think there's any real harm in just keeping it on, though.

Toss3
12-01-08, 05:43 PM
i meant more for a conserving power sort of way. is it bad that i reboot 2-4 times a day?

Nope - a boot takes what, 1 minute? So even if it would use more power during boot it still wouldn't make a very big difference. :)

grey_1
12-01-08, 05:44 PM
Even if I do Bob I always reboot windows at least once a day. If you don't apps start acting funny, not like *nix you could leave running till the hardware died.

+1 although I may not reboot for 2-3 days at times. But I won't just leave it running constantly.

Bearclaw
12-01-08, 05:46 PM
Mines running 24/7 except when im away from it for a few days or vacation.
I never have issues with this. Nothings ever crapped out or slowed down on me. I reboot here and there, but only for updates/drivers/etc

QFT. Also, I leave mine on for Folding@Home.

bob saget
12-01-08, 05:50 PM
cool, thanks fellas.

Bearclaw
12-01-08, 05:55 PM
cool, thanks fellas.

No problem, Bobby.

methimpikehoses
12-01-08, 06:00 PM
Nothing personal, bob.

SLippe
12-01-08, 06:03 PM
Mine is on 24/7 with a reboot every couple of days or so. I haven't turned it off in months. I do have it set for the monitor to shut off after 1 hour in the Screen Saver Power Saver Mode, but that's it.

Bearclaw
12-01-08, 06:05 PM
Mine is on 24/7 with a reboot every couple of days or so. I haven't turned it off in months. I do have it set for the monitor to shut off after 1 hour in the Screen Saver Power Saver Mode, but that's it.

QFT. Same here. The monitor turns off in 10 minutes I think. Maybe 5.

LT.Schaffer
12-02-08, 01:57 AM
I turn mine off whenever i'm not using it.

Although if i'm downloading stuff i'll leave it running until it's finished.

bob saget
12-02-08, 03:54 AM
I turn mine off whenever i'm not using it.

Although if i'm downloading stuff i'll leave it running until it's finished.

thats what i am going to continue to do. I thought turning it off + on multiple times during the day damages the components, but i'll take your guys' word for it.

nekrosoft13
12-02-08, 07:22 AM
mine usually goes off at night. server stays on

Bearclaw
12-02-08, 08:31 AM
Server for teh pRon, nekro?

CaptNKILL
12-02-08, 08:42 AM
QFT. Same here. The monitor turns off in 10 minutes I think. Maybe 5.

Same here.

Screen savers are a complete waste of power, so I just have my monitor go to sleep after 10 minutes.

I tend to leave my PC on more than I should sometimes though. I have mild tinnitus (noises in my ears) and some times its pretty irritating so having my PC running completely drowns it out and helps me sleep.

Sucking a couple hundred watts of power out of the wall for a white-noise generator doesn't seem all that efficient but I haven't found any alternatives. :p

Tr1cK
12-02-08, 08:45 AM
Same here.

Screen savers are a complete waste of power, so I just have my monitor go to sleep after 10 minutes.

I tend to leave my PC on more than I should sometimes though. I have mild tinnitus (noises in my ears) and some times its pretty irritating so having my PC running completely drowns it out and helps me sleep.

Sucking a couple hundred watts of power out of the wall for a white-noise generator doesn't seem all that efficient but I haven't found any alternatives. :p

I use a floor fan in the bedroom.

nekrosoft13
12-02-08, 08:45 AM
Sucking a couple hundred watts of power out of the wall for a white-noise generator doesn't seem all that efficient but I haven't found any alternatives. :p

record the noise from the PC on CD, and play it on cdplayer loop

Q
12-02-08, 08:50 AM
If you're not serving, recording, downloading or actively doing something on the computer, it should be turned off. Unless you're going to use it in the next few hours, that is. I've seen a 10-15% (at least) difference in my electric bill by turning my main gaming rig off when I'm sleeping or at work.

Now, if I can just get my router (PC), media/file/Orb server, HTPC (which records TV) and my fiance's machine to not be on 24/7....

:)

CaptNKILL
12-02-08, 09:35 AM
record the noise from the PC on CD, and play it on cdplayer loop

I don't even own a CD player. My PC is used for everything. :lol:

Tr1cK
12-02-08, 09:39 AM
I don't even own a CD player. My PC is used for everything. :lol:

sechs

CaptNKILL
12-02-08, 10:12 AM
sechs

That too. :naughty:

Retrolock
12-02-08, 10:45 AM
I turn mine off when I leave for work. My room gets real hot during the daytime, no use downloading stuff in my pc because my net is crappy.