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When done with your computer for the day, do you ....

Type: General

Submitted by messmer (137)
Power it off 53% 20 Votes
Put it into sleep mode 18% 7 Votes
Leave it on 24/7 26% 10 Votes
Other 3% 1 Votes

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38 Votes Total

Mar 15, 2012

Poll Replies (21)

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BadMrFrosty (56) My main living room PC I power down after use but I only use that machine 1-2 a week. My day to day PC is my laptop, at the end of the day I just close the lid which puts it to sleep and the next day open it up again. No waiting for it too boot or shutdown.
03-15-12  04:04am

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jberryl69 (Disabled) I leave it on 24/7 though it puts itself into sleep mode including disconnecting the Internet connection, though certain programs (security and op system) can power it back up when they need to.
03-15-12  07:25am

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t9chome (0) I put mine to sleep when I'm not gonna be on it for a little while. Saves $$$!
03-15-12  09:28am

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Monahan (44) Off. That clears cache and resets all applications so that updates can load and take effect.

With password access required it also stops others from unauthorized access.

03-15-12  09:34am

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pat362 (375) I do the same thing like jberryl69.
03-15-12  10:06am

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Cybertoad (Disabled) Its always doing something for me, so I do not turn it off, runs 24/7 .

From years of doing pc building repairs, etc. The consensus from experts and myself was leave it on. Yes it conserves energy to leave it off. However motherboards and hard-drives are not designed to be brought up to 110 degrees plus and brought back down and back up and back down over and over and over.

Think of it like heating welding points on steel, they are not designed to go to extremes often and quickly. And after time will become brittle.
The solder points are also weekended by this process.

I know pc are built to power down, but they are designed to do so by the software you buy. PC builders seldom put any options to power down in the bios because they know its hard on the pc parts.

I have seen pc run for years with no problems, hard-drives and ram fail upon boot 95% of the time.
I can not think of any reports from anyone where the pc stopped mid-run. Unless someone over heated the unit by putting in a closed box to avoid noise but no ventilation was the only time I knew of.


03-15-12  10:37am

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Capn (28) It gets shut off at the end of the day.

Cap'n. :0)

03-15-12  10:58am

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Wittyguy (105) I'm a mix. I don't use it much during the weekends so it tends to get powered down then but otherwise I'll leave it running M - F unless I know I won't be on it for at least 12 to 16 hours.
03-15-12  11:14am

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messmer (137) There was a reason behind this poll. I hold the same views as Monahan except that I don't use a password on start-up, yet friends (and Cybertoad) have told me for years to leave it on and I simply couldn't make up my mind.

Maybe Cybertoad could enlighten me on this: If I don't shut down periodically my computer starts to act more sluggish. This is especially true when it comes to viewing videos. After I restart the pep is back!!?? :-)

03-15-12  11:18am

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Cybertoad (Disabled) REPLY TO #9 - messmer :

Messmer, if you are referring to watching videos online then if your browser dumps its cache on restart this would make it run smoother.

I will have to guess at what player you might be using, so well go with windows media player. The cache and history dump

1. You can accomplish this in the following way:

1)Open Windows Media Player and press Alt+T keys or click on Tools menu and then choose Options

2) Now select the Privacy tab and click Clear History and Clear Caches button at the bottom of the window.

You can also stop Windows Media from ever saving anything.

3)If you want then you can uncheck the option Save file and URL history in the Player so that the History of files played is never created.

Windows Media does not clear cache by default so you may also have allot built up from weeks or years of old files.

Deleting history means all files on the play list will not show on the list. So you can pick either one, or just one.

Hope this helps.


03-15-12  02:19pm

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Drooler (220) "We'll have a sleepy time-time."

The Cream version, of course. ;)

03-15-12  02:28pm

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gaypornolover (38) Now I have a laptop I tend to just let it go to sleep itself, becuase I use it throughout the day. I sometimes put it completely off for the night but not always.
03-15-12  04:05pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #10 - Cybertoad :

Thanks, CT, for that very thorough reply. I was actually talking about what happens after I have closed down Firefox after a prolonged period of browsing and start watching downloaded videos on my hard drives with VLC or my other viewer (forgot the name at the moment) but not with WMP..

On many days I do just great but on other days the videos will stutter or the sound will become distorted but when I restart the computer everything is fine. Any idea what might cause that? It is almost as if I had used up too much memory and a restart gives it back to me.

03-15-12  06:33pm

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Cybertoad (Disabled) REPLY TO #13 - messmer :

VLC has a cache setting too as well and is my guess it
may be causing the delay.

Do a google search for VLC cache if that does not help let me know
I will send some information how too !

PS how large is your video card ?


03-15-12  08:50pm

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RustyJ (145) Power it off. Why waste energy? Besides, it's a good idea to regularly boot it to keep it running nice. Windows needs to install updates regularly too and that requires a reboot so it all works well by turning off for nights.
03-16-12  12:40am

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slutty (111) usually shut it down, unless I have some downloads going.
03-16-12  01:11am

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graymane (33) I power it off. I've unfortunately come to conclude I have hackers and other uninvited users lurking around and helping themselves to my operating system, thus, by shutting it down I'm at the same time shutting them out.
I even have a start-up password I use to open windows.
I know it ain't healthy being paranoid like this, but I've fought blatant evidence of their presence for too long to dismiss it.

03-16-12  07:20am

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #14 - Cybertoad :

I'm going to keep this short, CT, before someone starts hollering "take it to the forum!" I'm going to check both my players for a cache and I have no idea about the graphics. I know it's an Intel chip! :-)
03-16-12  09:40am

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lk2fireone (196) I used to leave my desktop on. But now I use a laptop and normally turn it off when I'm off the computer.
03-16-12  03:06pm

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TheSquirrel (53) Power off. I may be ocd but I can't stand the thought of things being on when I'm not around. However due to CT's reply, I am now considering leaving on standby in the daytime, and only turning off at night.
03-16-12  07:24pm

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tangub (155) Power off, when I try to use sleep mode for some reason my PC refuses to stay asleep, as soon as I turn my back it comes back to life again...really annoying as my PC is slow on start up these days. Having read CT's post i'm tempted to just leave it on all the time.
03-17-12  02:41am

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