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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:01 PM
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Computer On or Off at night?

I've always shut my computer off at night, seemed the thing to do.

Have heard its better to leave them on, avoid "potential harm". No idea if there is any validity to this . I've never had any problems.

Do you leave yours on all the time, or shut it down?
It's convenient to have them running, I have to admit.. and am now rethinking this.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:03 PM
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I shut it down because otherwise I find it gets slow... And the updates and things need a restart to take effect.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:05 PM
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off...and not just the comp....modem also...just to make sure i.m not hyjacked.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:21 PM
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mine goes on standby....which is neither
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Old January 24th, 2007, 11:58 PM
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I used to disconnect the modem but leave the machine on with a cold start (power off/on) once a week or so to clear the registers. That was cuz someone once told me that turning the machine off frequently was hard on the switches and would wear out the disk faster. Don't know if that's true or not...

Now I turn it off every night but only because we get power fluxes so frequently that it's the only way to avoid those nasty power surges. I also turn it off completely when there's lightning anywhere in the area...for the same reason. I've lost one power source due to rapid power fluxes and would just as soon not have the tech out again soon
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Old January 25th, 2007, 12:00 AM
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our laptops stay on all the time, they're in sleep mode during the night and on weekdays though. reboot once in a while, when needed...
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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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It turn my PC off just to save on the power consumption. My Macbook just goes to sleep.

About ten years ago, people were recommending that you not turn your computer off in case the power supply went toast. At the time this was probably not bad advice as power supplies were notorious for failing after X number of cycles. With the new power supplies being build over the past 6 years or so, this problem is almost non-existent.
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