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Leave PC running or shut it down?

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by creeper6996, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    How many of you leave your computers running 24/7 and how many of you shut it down when not in use or overnight? I've heard it's better for your puter to leave it running 24/7, but I always choose the "save electricity" method.
  2. mmdavis

    mmdavis Well-Known Member

    Gets shut down while at work and overnight. Too much electricity.

    RAMROD Well-Known Member

    stays on 24/7 but goes into standby after 1 hr of no activity and monitor shuts off in 30 mins of no activity
  4. beautyfiend

    beautyfiend Active Member

    On and off 100 times a day.
  5. MarkRacer

    MarkRacer Well-Known Member

    Many years ago, I too use to leave my PC on 24/7. However, I live in the lightning capital of the world called Florida. My region can be notorious for its nasty weather.

    Plus, the way I figure it, your PC components have an average life span of xxx hours. Why let it run for countless hours (unless your downloading huge stuff on a regular basis) when your not using it. But then again some will argue the fact that each time you boot your system creates a strain on components. Go figure...

    I no longer leave my PC running around the clock. As a matter of fact, I will even go as far to unplug every electronic device I own when I know a storm is coming. Even with surge devices and battery backups can not prevent a nasty spike turning your equipment into taffy. I've learn by experience...:agree:

    :bowdown: WE'RE NOT WORTHY:bowdown:
    SLYSOFT is the SHIZNIT!!!
  6. sneakers

    sneakers Well-Known Member

    My computer stays on all the time but goes into the sleep mode after a half an hour of non use. The sleep mode uses very little electricty. :)
  7. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    All of mine are turned off when I'm not using them. I do leave my monitors on all the time.
  8. BurnerHEAD

    BurnerHEAD Well-Known Member


    @work: PCs are running 24/7, only the monitors get shut off. The Terminal-Server runs also 24/7.

    @home: My PC get into hibernation mode. I takes no electricity at all and my PC starts very fast.

  9. bjproc

    bjproc Well-Known Member

    depends whether i can be bothered to shut down or not, usually leave it on for the two weeks i'm home, a good few restarts in between
  10. BenGurion

    BenGurion Well-Known Member

    nearly the same :D
    @home i always shut down after working or gaming ;)
  11. rolling56

    rolling56 Well-Known Member

    Depends on what's running. Sometimes off at night sometimes on all night and day for a few days.
  12. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys and gals, I appreciate all the answers. I just got a Plextor 760 DVD burner and everytime I restart the puter, I have to hold the eject button down for 3 seconds before burning or it will be in slow mode. I realize that it's not much work, but I have a horrible memory and won't remember to do it.

    For you hibernators, what happens if you're transferring 500 GBs of files from one HD to another, and it takes longer than 1.5 hours? Hibernate doesn't stop what's going on at the time, right?
  13. rolling56

    rolling56 Well-Known Member

    That doesn't sound good. Can you RMA it?
  14. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    I could, yes, newegg is awesome, BUT, I've heard from other Plextor 760 owners that it's par for the course. It's normal.
  15. rolling56

    rolling56 Well-Known Member

    I don't have one so whatever you say. Still doesn't sound good. I have 10 drives here and none of them need for me to do that. No Plextor's though.

    Good luck!
  16. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    This affects reading only--not burning. Holding down the eject button disables riplock (or enables speedread). In theory, using Plextools to enable speedread should work, but I've never tested it, and some here claim enabling the feature via Plextools won't work). I use my Plextor burners to burn only; I refuse to use them to read.

    Creeper6996, just get a dvd-rom drive, and use it as your reader. Problem solved
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2007
  17. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Maybe someone with one will read this and tell me different, hopefully.
  18. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator


    "Q: My Plextor DVD recorder only reads DVD-Video discs at 2x! Can't I make it go any faster than that?
    A: Yes, you can 'unlock' the drive by making sure the drive is empty and closed. Then press and hold the drive's eject button for about three seconds until the drive's LED flashes green three times. Release the eject button so that the drive's tray will open. You can now insert a DVD-Video disc which will be read at full speed. When you eject the disc or when you cut the drive's power, the PX-708A / PX-712A / PX-716A will be reset to 2x reading again. Update: As of PlexTools Professional version 2.14 the Plextor DVD recorders can be unlocked via the "SpeedRead CD/DVD" option. This is the easiest way to enable SpeedRead."
  19. MarkRacer

    MarkRacer Well-Known Member

    IMHO, Plextor drives are way over-priced and way over-rated. You can buy a Liteon or Pioneer at very reasonable prices ($40 or less OEM/retail). Head on over to newegg and check it out...

    :bowdown: :bowdown: WE'RE NOT WORTHY:bowdown: :bowdown:
    SLYSOFT is the SHIZNIT!!!
  20. creeper6996

    creeper6996 Well-Known Member

    For those of you who use the sleep or hibernate function, is there a certain button or series of buttons you can push to turn it on immediately. I have mine set to hibernate after 2 hours of inactivity, but at the end of the night, it'd be nice if I just force it into hibernation/sleep. The only thing I saw that might work is "standby."