Should i leave my pc on at night?

December 29, 2011 at 19:54:54
Specs: Windows XP
It is always better to shut off your computer when not using it. You may notice that most people here say "I heard" so they have not experienced any disasters.
Keep in mind, moving parts wear out!
If your fan goes out on your CPU, you will hear a high-pitched screech. Shortly thereafter your processor and possibly the motherboard will fry. I also have seen power supplies and video cards go out too. However, you can set your hard drive to shut off after a certain amount of time.

My advice would be to shut off your computer when not using it. It clears your memory so your computer will run cleaner. I would also shut off your power strip in the summertime in case of a power outage – it is very bad for your operating system, not to mention your bios to disconnect power improperly. It is an old wise tail when they say turning your computer off can cause spikes and other electrical anomalies. Computers were made to be turned on and off. That’s why they have a power button.

Think about this… your car does not use much gas when it sits idling. Do you leave it running when you’re not using it?

Another thought, a hacker can not get into your system if it is off.


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#1
December 30, 2011 at 01:14:39
Yeah, gotta watch out for those 'old wise tails'.

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#2
December 30, 2011 at 08:20:53
Was there a reason you posted this? Whether a PC is left on or off is personal preference. You can make a case for & against each method. And comparing a computer to a car is just plain ridiculous. You need to work on your analogies.

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#3
December 30, 2011 at 08:33:19
On modern computer if a CPU fan fails the computer will turn itself of so that is not a problem. Fans can fail without making the slightest noise at all.

The power saved by turning off will more than compensate for the price of a new fan if it does fail.

As for hackers, the fact that you are sat in front of the machine or fast asleep in your bed makes not the slightest difference if there is a hole in your security.

Stuart


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#4
December 30, 2011 at 09:08:28
I go one step beyond. I put all my computer stuff on a power strip and turn it all off when not in use. Not just at night.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
December 30, 2011 at 09:29:56
I can go even one better. I have a power strip wih one master socket and three slave sockets. The computer is plugged into the master socket and VDU, printers and router plugged into the slave sockets. When the computer is turned off the master socket detects the drop in power and automatically turns of the slave sockets. Good eh!

Stuart


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#6
December 30, 2011 at 14:40:00
I'm curious about the importance to "shut off your power strip in the summertime in case of a power outage". Are the power outages more dangerous to electric equipment in the summertime?
Or is it that power outages only can occurr during summer in the region the OP has gathered info for this post? Where I live they are more common during winter.

Nigel

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#7
December 30, 2011 at 15:36:04
Probably the region.
I put my computers into Sleep mode at night but i use a UPS since way back when I had problems with a W95 machine related to power fluctuations (almost 16years without any problems related to power or sleep mode). Even the internet runs through the protection of the UPS between the modem and router (built in network spike protection). For the last couple of years, since the telephone has been through the internet, all network and phone hardware is powered through the 1200W UPS on the battery back up side.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
December 30, 2011 at 16:32:29
I have left our pcs on 24-7 for years ( maybe 10). They fall asleep and are ready when we are. haven't had any problems. No failures of any kind. Outside of the electricity used and the cost of that, no problems.

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#9
December 30, 2011 at 20:16:53
I leave the HTPC/file server combo rig in our living room on 24/7. Last time I turned it off was to install additional storage.

Computers aren't people. They'll do their damn jobs and won't bitch about >8 hour shifts. :)

"Another thought, a hacker can not get into your system if it is off."

I don't use WinXP SP1 without anti-virus software, so I'm not too concerned about teh haxors.

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#10
December 31, 2011 at 11:19:59
I turn it off to save the planet a bit. Each watt you burn you also kill some animal.

On top of that I am a cheapskate. I don't want to spend my hard earned money on electricity.

Lastly is the chance of a voltage spike or such that could not only damage my goods but could cause a fire or shock anyone beside the system. It is not a 100% foolproof system but I have used a watt meter on a typical home setup. 35 or so watts are being burned in standby or off state. That adds up to a lot of electricity 24/7.

It is really simple to turn it off or get lazy like StuartS and get an automatic switch.

A power spike or power drop or a power cycle(hertz) variation can cause damage in any country. Power companies have been known to drop frequency to help reduce loads in summer and winter. They have also been known to do rolling blackouts since they know a certain amount off stuff will not turn back on.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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