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  • I leave it on and let it do whatever it does

    5 10.42%
  • I put it to sleep mode

    9 18.75%
  • I hibernate it

    4 8.33%
  • I shut it down

    30 62.50%
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    Do you Sleep, Hibernate, or Shut Down Your computer?

    At the end of the day, do you put your computer to sleep, hibernate, or shut down? There is no right answer. This is pretty much person preference. That is why I would be curious to the results of the poll. Take the above poll.

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    my computer has only "Stand By" and "Turn Off" options (along with "Restart")

    so i guess "Stand By" is like "Sleep" so that's what i picked

    i only turn it off if (a) there are microsoft updates waiting to be applied, and (b) i'm not recording any movies or tv shows overnight (e.g. craig ferguson)
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    Whatever takes the least amount of time and doesn't consume electricity, which is hibernate in my case. Though I do a restart every month or so, normally after a windows update.

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    My computer power supply has an on/off switch so that I can turn the power off completely after I shut the computer down.

    That option was left out of the poll (since it is as different from shutting down as leaving the computer on - but in the opposite direction).
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    I shut it off completely.
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    Depends on the computer:

    Main office desktop: always on, just lock 'er.
    Main home desktop: goes to sleep in general
    Laptops: sleep or hibernate depending on what is going on.

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    I shut it down then switch off at the mains.
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    shut down otherwise I couldn't sleep with the humming noise of the fan!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizwizzy View Post
    shut down otherwise I couldn't sleep with the humming noise of the fan!!
    this happened to me too -- until i opened up the case and vacuumed out all the crap (dust) that was clogging up the screen in front of the fan
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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    this happened to me too -- until i opened up the case and vacuumed out all the crap (dust) that was clogging up the screen in front of the fan
    yeah, ive done that too with my old baseunit but I've got a laptop connected up to a monitor, but the fan can be noisy - it's clean, i just think im too finicky cause I can't sleep when there's any sort of noise

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    I don't have enough voting options:

    work computer: I do a restart, leave on so that the archive, backup and update processes can do their thing at night. I do shut off monitor and any peripherals.

    home computers: I shut them all down as I don't always know when I'll get back on them. No need to waste (or pay for) electricity that's not being used. Generally they are shut off at night and won't be turned on until the next evening.

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    Work Computer: Turn off every night

    Home computers: On all the time, unless they're not doing anything.
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    On a side note do you turn of your home broadband router when it's not in use? i do.
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    On that note, what about printers, monitors, speakers, etc?
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    i turn everything off, hope this covers everything

    as for the broadband, i leave that on unless im not going to be on for a few days

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    I shutdown the computer if i'm not using it just to conserve electricity and minimize electricity bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimeara View Post
    I shutdown the computer if i'm not using it just to conserve electricity and minimize electricity bill.
    You'd save even more electricity if you actually turned it off rather than just shutting it down.

    Shutting a computer down just leaves it in standby mode. You need an actual on/off switch to turn it off after it has shut down - either on the power supply or at the wall.
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    You crazy people who 'hibernate' or whatever you call it - are you sure you don't have an umbilical cable attached somewhere?

    I turn it off every night... Mainly because the pain-in-the-**** wireless mouse/keyboard will go cuckoo as soon as sleep/hibernate is activated, requiring a restart anyway.

    Yeah, 'tis the last time I buy wireless

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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    You'd save even more electricity if you actually turned it off rather than just shutting it down.

    Shutting a computer down just leaves it in standby mode. You need an actual on/off switch to turn it off after it has shut down - either on the power supply or at the wall.
    Huh?

    Shut down = Turn Off



    But yes, while the power supply is on, there will still be a small drain of electricity. Not nearly as much as when the computer is turned on, but it is a small trickle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armchaircritic View Post
    You crazy people who 'hibernate' or whatever you call it - are you sure you don't have an umbilical cable attached somewhere?
    Ha!

    Really, it starts 100x faster from hibernating and I can leave everything open, then pick it up the next day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    Shut down = Turn Off
    No it isn't with modern computers. Modern computers are like TVs , DVD players etc - shutting them down places them in standby mode where they can be easily turned back on.It doesn't actually turn them off.

    A TV in standby mode can be turned on from the remote control whereas one that is turned off cannot.

    A computer in standby mode can be turned on in a number of different ways depending on the BIOS settings - button on the front, modem or lan signal. One computer I have that gets shut down but not actually turned off is set to turn on when a mouse button is clicked. When the computer actually gets turned off it cannot be turned back on that way.

    The difference in power usage between a computer in standby mode and one that is right off is about the same as between one that is in hibernate mode compared to turning it right off - since the only difference is what gets saved to disk first.

    the switch to completely turn off a computer is a two way switch, not a push button one.

    The estimates on the amount of power people waste by leaving their tv and computer in standby mode rather than physically turning it off at the switch (and on a computer that switch if there is one is on the power supply) is quite large.
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    yeah I agree with Felgall

    When I power off I plug everything out

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    I always shut it down and unplug everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizwizzy View Post
    When I power off I plug everything out
    You mean you actually pull out the cables every time? Get a power strip with a switch, that'll be easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post
    You mean you actually pull out the cables every time? Get a power strip with a switch, that'll be easier.
    Or what about a power strip with surge protector and individually switched sockets?
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