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Perhaps the most controversial question in the history of computers

By korrupt
Aug 28, 2006
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  1. Alright, I am building a new pc and obviously want the best out of it.

    Should I leave my computer on as much as possible or turn it off when I'm not using it?

    This question will get a different reply from any number of people but am open to any suggestions.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look at this article HERE. It seems to come down on the side of turning the computer off when not in use.

    This is exactly what I do and haven`t had any problems, I could directly attribute to doing so.

    In my opinion turning the computer off, saves energy, wear and tear, and the possibility of a fire hazard.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply Howard. Although it was incredibly helpfull, I am also after your personal opinion.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I think I already gave my opinion lol.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Yeh, I know. I meant that your in depth reply doesnt mean that anyone else shouldnt reply thinking that the question has already been answered.

    Thanks mate. Sorry for misunderstanding!

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  6. XenaWP

    XenaWP TS Rookie Posts: 53

    I've talked to several EEs at work about this. They all side on "turn it off."

    Plus, it saves electricity.
     
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Yup, I agree also, turn it off.
     
  8. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I'd say, after finding out what computers get up to when they aren't being watched, that they should be turned off overnight.

    Click here to see why.
     
  9. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    That's funny!!!
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    ROTFL! That's gotta be added to the Jokes Thread! Really nice one mate! :grinthumb
    And yes, I'm in favour of turning the PC off when it's not in use. Unless u have cash(or more PCs) to burn :D
     
  11. kkalasa

    kkalasa TS Rookie

    I don't have any hard evidence to back me up, but I've heard that the electricity used to boot up the computer is more than what it uses just being left on. I always leave my computers running, not because I'm trying to save energy, I'm just too impatient to wait for my computer to boot up every time.
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Very funny Spike.

    Gave me a real good giggle. :haha:

    Regards Howard :)
     
  13. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Thanks Spike.

    "The most controversial question in the history of computers" - RESOLVED :)
     
  14. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Heheh spike, nice one.

    I was waiting for the recycle bin to do something, but got eaten. R.I.P Recycle bin:angel:

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  15. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 429

    In my response, there are two sides:

    Side#1: Argues that turning off the compter helps to save energy, reduce wear and tear from prolonged use, etc

    Side#2: Argues that letting the computer stay on makes it easier to work on it, and will prevent the deadly "Power-On-Death" of a computer

    Anyway you slice it, there will be a debate.

    IMO? Well, leaving the computer when you're downloading HUGE files is definitely a plus, and shutting it off DEFINITELY saves you money on a HUGE *** electric bill. With me, it mostly depends on how much money and time you have. An alternative would be hibernation, but most say that produces more problems than it's worth...
     

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