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Old 12-03-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question How long can a computer stay on?

It know it might sound silly but how long is it recommended for a computer stay on Iíve had my PC on for about 5 days now without restarting putting it on standby or restarting. Iíve been downloading all this time burning and editing videos. How long can they even stay on? Isnít it better for the computer to stay or put it to sleep on all day than turning it on and off?
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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I dont turn my computer off at all. You should be ok.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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lets see here i have a 2600-M been one for alittle over a year and a half never have shut it down

im sry forgot about i had a power outage about 6 months ago was off for 12 hours
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:30 PM   #4
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mine is on all the time. except when i leave for like the whole weekend. you are perfectly fine
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:09 PM   #5
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one of my rigs hasnt been off in a year or so.. So long as you dont have overheating issues. IT WILL BE FINE
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:12 PM   #6
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Computers can go years without being shut down.

I never shut my computer off.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:13 PM   #7
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Just run linux and don't let the power go out, and it will be fine. All I do is restart mine.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:18 PM   #8
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One thing I do when I let it run all day is kill the power to my monitor. THe last thing you need is burn in.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:22 PM   #9
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Why don't you go under power settings, tell it to turn off after like 10 minutes or something?
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:32 PM   #10
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Leaving it on is fine, but turning off hard disks is a good idea for saving power and extending their lives. You're still going to need to reboot though, XP is good at crapping itself up
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:11 PM   #11
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doenst leaving a computer on 24/7 age the power supply quicker?
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:18 PM   #12
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I leave mine on 24/7
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:25 PM   #13
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doenst leaving a computer on 24/7 age the power supply quicker?
Everything wears out quicker, but you have to decide whether or not you'd rather have things wear our naturally, or have them be damaged through thermal expansion through power cycles.
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:51 PM   #14
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They dont wear out fast. By the time it wears out we're going to get computers with 128cores, and 128gigabytes of ram, and a 98000GTX-KO-ULTRAKLOCKED EDTION

you can leave it on forever with proper cooling (and yes stock cooling is proper)
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:52 PM   #15
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If I'm not going to use it for a while I turn it off. Might as well save the power and let the OS have a restart once a day or more.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:01 PM   #16
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If I'm not going to use it for a while I turn it off. Might as well save the power and let the OS have a restart once a day or more.
Or you could fold sir. It keeps my room warm at night!
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:44 PM   #17
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If you think about it, servers are up and running 24/7 and they run fine don't they?
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:46 PM   #18
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Windows likes to be reset every so often so it can get random files out of its ram and put them back on the hd. I recommend restarting your comp every 24 hours or so, just so that windows can manage its files a little better. Besides that, dust buildup is more likely to be an issue if you never turn your pc off. And dust can be a problem after a while. I always turn my pc off when I'm not using it.

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Windows likes to be reset every so often so it can get random files out of its ram and put them back on the hd. I recommend restarting your comp every 24 hours or so, just so that windows can manage its files a little better. Besides that, dust buildup is more likely to be an issue if you never turn your pc off. And dust can be a problem after a while. I always turn my pc off when I'm not using it.

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If you think about it, servers are up and running 24/7 and they run fine don't they?
servers usually run linux, or a windows that's designed for servers, which does not carry the problems of windows xp pro or home.

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Old 12-03-2006, 09:49 PM   #19
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My longest uptimes are in the range of a month of so with no issues, and those restarts were for windows updates or installing new software.

you can leave your computer up forever with no problems. Just have the monitors go off when you are idle and there wont be any burn-in issues.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:55 PM   #20
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servers usually run linux, or a windows that's designed for servers
Thanks for clarifying that for me...
Think 'hardware'.
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