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Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 08:31 AM   #1
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what is the ideal time frame for using sleep mode on your computer?

some say they never shut thier mac's off, they just always put them into sleep mode, like for overnight etc.

would be interested to know how many of you never shut your system's down and just use sleep mode.

if it harmfull in anyway to not shut down for days at a time??

just wondering!
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My two year old eMac sleeps every time I am not using it, including overnight. It runs 24/7.


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Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 09:12 AM   #3
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Mac OS X, being Unix based, was designed to go months between reboots -- not that rebooting daily is a problem, but not necessary unless you're runnning some really crappy applications. I've seen busy Unix servers go over 2 YEARS without rebooting.

Our Mac @ home is used about 2 hours spread throughout the day. It goes weeks between logouts, shutdowns, or reboots. Sleep is automatic after 15 minutes of idle time.
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My FP iMac is only restarted after a update that requires a restart. Its on 24/7 and goes to sleep when not in use for 20 min
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I only restart when promted to/servicing. Other than that, never do.

Why was sleep mode ever created?? Was it for shorter boot up?? But I also heard that there was the possibility of wear n tear from constant on/off of computer, and that sleep mode was just much smoother.

Pls, someone expound.

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The only reason I reboot my iBook is because I move it from work to home and back again etc.

Sometimes I just put it in sleep mode - it's easier for lazy people like me - just close the lid [img]smile.gif[/img]

My Linux and Win PC's run 24/7/365 - I just turn off the monitor.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:30 AM   #7
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i only shut down the albook when it's going to be unplugged for a long time. the desktops stay on all the time.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:35 AM   #8
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I usually restart once a week to make sure everything is cleaned out.

I find the system gradually slows down (not massively noticable, but somewhat).
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We leave our computers on 24/7 most of the time. We only reboot if they freeze due to conflicts, or over eager usage. I shut down sometimes when I know I am not going to be around for a few days. Otherwise sleep it is. My wife's iMac runs with sleep mode about the same. We do shut down for thunder and lighting storms, just because we are parnoid about those things. Though sometimes the powerbook just gets unplugged.
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