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mister harbies
11-02-2005, 05:09 PM
Do you leave your computer on 24/7 or do you shut it down when you don't use it?

And why?

Dannz
11-02-2005, 05:13 PM
I usually shut it down as it will keep our Budgie awake :D

Midavalo
11-02-2005, 05:17 PM
I don't leave it on 24/7, but I also don't really shut it down as such. I hibernate almost exclusively. I suppose technically the PC is shut down (powered down), but I don't use the "Shutdown" option.

M.

Davesdad
11-02-2005, 05:20 PM
I always shutdown my PC before I go to bed and use standby during the day when I am not using it

Jen
11-02-2005, 05:47 PM
I leave my main computer running 24/7, but turn the LCD monitor off when I am away for any lenght of time. My current uptime is:

[jennifer@myth ~]$ uptime
17:33:50 up 11 days, 1:50, 3 users, load average: 0.37, 0.21, 0.14
[jennifer@myth ~]$It would of shown a much greater uptime but I had to reboot it 11 days ago when trouble-shooting why my ADSL was running like molasses on a cold winter's day :rolleyes:

Linux is good like that, you only have to reboot if you have installed a new kernel, otherwise you can install/remove/do what you like without having to reboot :D

Chilling_Silence
11-02-2005, 06:05 PM
Im with Jen on this..... Its always on. Only have to restart when changing hardware or kernel.

This current kernel sucks though and I wanna try a differen scheduler.

Anyways:

chill@SuperNova chill $ uptime
17:59:13 up 5 days, 4:36, 9 users, load average: 2.41, 2.46, 2.47
chill@SuperNova chill $ exit
logout
Connection to 192.168.0.7 closed.
chill@Gamma chill $ uptime
17:59:57 up 47 days, 5:47, 2 users, load average: 2.04, 2.05, 2.01
chill@Gamma chill $

agent
11-02-2005, 06:11 PM
Linux is the scourge of all power conservationists. ;) :p

ILikeLinux
11-02-2005, 06:17 PM
I only restart for kernel changes (stuff that isnt a module)

The first uptime is for the server.


fissy@ILLserver fissy $ uptime
18:11:54 up 23 days, 9:03, 1 user, load average: 0.01, 0.03, 0.00
fissy@ILLserver fissy $ exit
logout

Connection to 192.168.1.11 closed.
fissy@fissy fissy $ uptime
18:11:51 up 2 days, 21:32, 7 users, load average: 0.12, 0.19, 0.23
fissy@fissy fissy $

Growly
11-02-2005, 06:19 PM
I turn my main PC off, because it makes too much noise when I sleep - but leave my servers on.

Prescott
11-02-2005, 06:42 PM
i leave mine on all night downloading demos and programs i need,i have a countdown timer that turns my pc off at 8am just as i leave for school, so my parents can use the net during the day while im at school. in the weekends i leave it on.

i dont think there is any big problems with leaving it on 24/7, but it pay to monitor your temps and get an extra fan if required.

agent
11-02-2005, 07:07 PM
Maybe some of you aren't thinking outside of the box...

Leaving your computer on more than necessary leads to a higher power bill which makes a bigger indent in someone's pocket (hopefully yours), which implies more power is being used. Which isn't exactly what we need.

Give your computer(s) to a friend for a month, read books instead, and see how much your power bill drops.

Metla
11-02-2005, 07:31 PM
I doubt it would drop by any noticable amount, Only thing that sucks back the juice is a CRT,and they flick off by auto.



My power bill has been tiny since i replaced the Water system with a Hot on demand gas unit.

manicminer
11-02-2005, 08:48 PM
Maybe some of you aren't thinking outside of the box...

Leaving your computer on more than necessary leads to a higher power bill which makes a bigger indent in someone's pocket (hopefully yours), which implies more power is being used. Which isn't exactly what we need.

Give your computer(s) to a friend for a month, read books instead, and see how much your power bill drops.
Well personally I blame Telecom for that. If they gave me faster flat-rate internet, instead of the pathetic narrowband speed they have the cheek to call 'broadband', then I wouldn't have to leave my PC on 24/7 to download all the stuff I want. :)

Edward
11-02-2005, 08:58 PM
Desktop is off at night, purely because it's too noisy to be kept on. I also turn my server off because it's Windows ME (If I can get my hands on a NT based OS I'll leave it on all the time)

george12
11-02-2005, 09:55 PM
Edward, I apologise for this:

A server running Win ME!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

agent
11-02-2005, 10:05 PM
Shouldn't that be:

Windows ME running as a server?! :lol::lol::lol:

AMD1
11-02-2005, 10:43 PM
Maybe some of you aren't thinking outside of the box...

Leaving your computer on more than necessary leads to a higher power bill which makes a bigger indent in someone's pocket (hopefully yours), which implies more power is being used. Which isn't exactly what we need.

Give your computer(s) to a friend for a month, read books instead, and see how much your power bill drops.

1. I do not have any friends.
2. I read around 4-5 books per week. Not all of these will match the word count from "War and Peace" or "Gone with the Wind." I admit to having read both though.
3. Computer is on 24/7.
4. I work and therefore can afford the power bill.
5. YMMV!

hamstar
12-02-2005, 03:36 AM
I simply put mine to sleep or shut down/restart if windows throws a hissy...

If I need to download stuff I leave it on overnight CRT is off, but unplug my 120mm beast of a fan... so i can.. sleep... speaking of sleep...

*heat hits desk*

Sam I Am
12-02-2005, 09:16 AM
Shouldn't that be:

Windows ME running as a server?! :lol::lol::lol:

Shouldnt that be:

Windows ME running? :D

Edward
12-02-2005, 09:29 AM
:(

personthingy
12-02-2005, 09:50 AM
At the moment i shut my machine down at night, this is because it is in the same room as my bed, and i don't allways sleep that well with it on.

When i have run servers i leave them on. My next machine is to be placed in the next room and will be a web server. mmmmmm sever. That one will be on 24/7, or maybe i should just turn it on when people email me and want to look at the sites contained??
:illogical :illogical

My windows machine is on as required, and tends to fall over after a few days anyway, at least thats what i found back in the good old 24/7 kazaa days.
*waves walking stick about*

I voted "sometimes" as each situation has its own answer.
:thumbs:

Zygar
12-02-2005, 11:09 AM
I shut my computer down every night, because
A) It's in a POS thermaltake case which is noiser than some cars.
B) It takes all of 30 seconds to be usable from power-on, so any downside to this is negligible.

Prescott
12-02-2005, 12:29 PM
if is in your room, leave it on and try and get used to the noise while it is on, it may work

Altec_
12-02-2005, 12:48 PM
My computer resides in my room, Debian Sarge, uptime is:


rixth@debian:~$ uptime
12:37:18 up 1:22, 2 users, load average: 0.76, 0.64, 0.54
rixth@debian:~$

Power cut :(

I keep mine on 24/7 as much as I can as I am hosting my website and couple friends' sites. My computer is fairly nosiy, but now overly bad that I can't sleep with it. I have the side off in summer and just put a piece of gauze over it to keep bugs out. My case (http://www.pp.co.nz/Images/CS00108L.gif) I think it's quite nice.

Billy T
12-02-2005, 04:21 PM
I always shut it down. Reboot takes no time at all and I find that speed is always consistent with a daily cold boot. runs better.

Leaving the computer running uses more power than you might think. While the monitor may go into standby, the computer doesn't, unless set to hibernate, so you can burn through a kilowatt or two during the night. For a full-house machine, expect to burn 2-3 kilowatts overnight.

All that heat that your fans extract can translate into a measurable difference to the power bill.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Prescott
12-02-2005, 07:34 PM
is it the same when your pc is in hibernation?

Billy T
12-02-2005, 07:37 PM
is it the same when your pc is in hibernation?

No, hiberation is the sleep of the living dead.:D

However, sometimes they fail to wake up when asked. :eek:

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

sambaird
13-02-2005, 12:23 PM
Shouldnt that be:

Windows ME running? :D
LOL Windows ME Runing dont be stupid :rolleyes:

my computer is on most of the day with the screen turned off

noone
13-02-2005, 01:01 PM
me computer has around 7 fans and is in my room - i can live with router / switch / ap lights but not noise - its off from 12am to 8am

ckent
14-02-2005, 01:49 PM
I always turn it off. Firstly, because it's too noisey and secondly, because I don't trust my virus protection and firewalls to keep out the baddies.

Rob99
14-02-2005, 05:43 PM
I only reboot when the AVG icon next to the clock turns grey and needs a reboot, otherwise I am on 24/7, apart from the monitor, you would have to be a knob to leave that on all night.