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  • Shut It Down! (the baby needs to rest)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse
    Werent computers orignally mainframes and then 'servers', designed to be left on all the time? Only later they evolved into desktop computers..

    A company i know booted 200 computers at exactly the same time, something tripped (the fuse?) and all the electricity went off
    Yes, they were indeed...

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    My desktop is on 24/7, except for power outages and when I go on overnight trips. My laptop is usually on most of the time too. If I ever assemble a MythTV box that will be on 24/7 as well.

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    I keep my server going constantly, but I shut down my regular (surfing and gaming) PC every day.

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    Maybe i'm old fashioned but I turn them off when I can. Both from a money perspective but also from wear and tear, right or wrong I just don't like the sound of keeping them running non stop for 2 years like some of the above examples.

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    I've never had a problem with "wear and tear". Servers are kept on 24/7. If anything, all that off and on probably wears stuff out faster.

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    I leave my computer on a lot, but at the end of the day, I always shut it down.

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    I leave my desktop up 24x7...never know when I need to remote home for something and I'd hate to run to work and forget to boot it up in the morning.

    As for wear and tear, most parts are pretty solid. I still have 10mb network cards from ages ago running. Hard drives are the only scary thing, but most of the good ones these days are warrantied to run 24x7 so they can be used in low end servers anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipwhite
    Your computer is made to run 24/7 for its lifespan of 3-5 years. Technically, you should only shut down your computer if it will not be used for a prolonged period of time. In reality your computer will become obsolete in 3-5 years so it really doesn't matter what you do.
    Exactly... well, I don't know about those numbers, but you have the right idea. No matter what you do, you're not going to "wear out" your CPU or motherboard in anywhere near the amount of time it will take for those components to become obsolete. Put another way, you'll eventually have to replace them because they are too slow for the applications/OS you're running or they aren't supported any more, not because they burned out from rebooting every day (or leaving them running).

    Certain other components are a different story. If you burn CDs 24/7 your drive will not last as long as if you just burn the occasional CD, or even 20-30 (or more) each day. And if you are constantly copying huge files back and forth between 2 hard drives, they'll probably die sooner than with more typical use. But that's because they have moving parts and aren't designed to run at full capacity all the time. A CPU on the other hand, is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redivider
    Exactly... well, I don't know about those numbers, but you have the right idea. No matter what you do, you're not going to "wear out" your CPU or motherboard in anywhere near the amount of time it will take for those components to become obsolete. Put another way, you'll eventually have to replace them because they are too slow for the applications/OS you're running or they aren't supported any more, not because they burned out from rebooting every day (or leaving them running).

    Certain other components are a different story. If you burn CDs 24/7 your drive will not last as long as if you just burn the occasional CD, or even 20-30 (or more) each day. And if you are constantly copying huge files back and forth between 2 hard drives, they'll probably die sooner than with more typical use. But that's because they have moving parts and aren't designed to run at full capacity all the time. A CPU on the other hand, is.
    *Smacks Forehead And Decides Not To Argue...*

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    My PC is always on.
    I reboot every so often, but never I turn it off for long.
    Only time it' soff is when I upgrade my hardware.

    It's been on for ~3 years.
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    I reboot every 10-12 hours. I shut it for 1-2 hours every week or when I am out for 2 days or more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    I reboot every 10-12 hours.
    Still running Windows 98 eh?

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    laptop-on 24x7
    desktop been on for the past 4 yrs.

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    shut down? can you explain what that means?
    ehh, let me check, current uptime: 77d 0h 23m 18s
    (F@H)
    Last edited by Mind_nl; Feb 9, 2005 at 12:21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
    Still running Windows 98 eh?
    Nah Windows XP SP2 !

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    I keep mine on, maybe rebooting once every few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmann
    I keep mine on, maybe rebooting once every few weeks.
    Same here.

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    Cold boot

    You should completely shut down and cold boot about once every two weeks depending on how stable your system acts. Especially if it's a windows system. Hardware wise, leaving your system on for years does no damage. Actually truning on and off is more likely to cause damage. For instance, we have left various novel survers running for more than 5 years ata time without ever shutting down or restarting.

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    With the exception of updates that require a restart my computer never turns off... never.

    Interesting phenomenon: I have had my computer in sleep mode when the power goes out only for an instant. The clocks all reset, I lose programmed radio stations, etc., but the computer stays on! I don't have it connected to battery backup or anything of the sort. Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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