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Weekend Open Forum: Do you turn your PC off at night?

By Shawn Knight ยท 139 replies
Oct 28, 2011
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  1. I shut my pc down every night, my roomate leaves his on. Guess who has more trouble with their pc? He does, period. I know this is by no means difinitive but it saves energy and I feel more secure.
  2. I have always been of the opinion, leave the computer on. Set the monitor to go into reduced power state. The main reason I choose leaving the system on, think of a light bulb, how often do they pop when they are on? Rarely. How often do they pop when you turn them on? Almost always.
  3. edwaruma

    edwaruma TS Rookie

    I always hibernate my PC and laptop and at times i turn them off when I go to sleep. I find it unnecessary to leave my PC on unless im downloading overnight, Its difficult to sleep if my PC is on due to noise and lights in my PC.
  4. Turn all four CPUs off. Turn off both routers and the cable modem (power bar #1) Turn off both printers and the scanner (power bar #2). However, leave LCD monitors in sleep mode (hate the power buttons).
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    When I first got into computers and had more than 1 drive in a computer I used to turn off. But I had 2 fail on boot within a few months and decided not to turn the system off. But in recent years I no longer have much (any) disposable income, so I have my PCs sleep or hibernate after 4 hours of inactivity.
  6. Turn off my PC?

  7. A nice playlist and then

    shutdown -s -t 3600 && exit

    and then ZZzzZZ :)
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    Mine is on 24/7 and on a UPS. I access it remotely. It goes to sleep after 20 minutes of non use though.
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 706   +69

    I turn it off when i'm done using it in general. Booting time isn't bad, and I feel it does 0 damage having to turn it on/off. That's like arguing that leaving your car on all day will keep it from breaking because starting it up. I would think leaving it on will wear your hardware out.
  10. soliozuz

    soliozuz TS Rookie

    Much of the time it is just hibernate but only when I need to apply updates do I end up having to restart it, only to hibernate it when I'm done using it :D
  11. i keep my pc on 24/7 and my server hasn't been rebooted in 5 years!
  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,769   +598

    If I won't be needing it for more than 3 hours I turn it off, my media server on the other hand is on 24/7 and I use it as a 2nd desktop.
  13. ebriatic

    ebriatic TS Member

    I often let my computer on, most of the time because I use it as a ftp server, but usually I let it on for maintenance (defrag or antivirus scan)
  14. Unless you're really poor and you think the electricity from an unoccupied computer is going to add up to a significant amount, why would you turn off your computer? I leave it on and always logged in so I have quick and easy access to it at anytime. Think about it. Sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and need to watch some porn in order to get back to sleep. Having to wait for your computer to turn on will only prolong the process. Leave your computer on, and support porn the porn industry.
  15. Always off. Only takes the time it takes to get my coffee to be up and running with a fresh boot.
  16. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    Mine stays on busy torrenting overnight.
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Mine is turned on around 7.30am in the morning, and rarely off before 1am the next morning, every day. I tend to leave it running during the day, but almost always turn it off at night. As others have said, having an SSD really makes start-up time so much faster to a point where its really quite possible to load the OS everytime without any real delays.

    Sometimes I leave it running overnight when busy doing other duties, but if I know I'm going to be out of the office for a few hours I'll turn it off during the day as well.
  18. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 186   +35

    I don't like accumulating dust inside my rig for no reason, so I shut it down completely when it's not in use.
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Never turn it off, usually suspend it when it's not in use, unless I'm downloading something (which I do occasionally, for example when a new MMO turns free to play).
  20. wow lots of people turn their system off.

    In 24 hours my system usually off about 30 minutes for a quick rest.
    And in the night always torrenting some files.
    Already done that for about 4 years and the only problem i have usually comes from dust.
  21. ravy

    ravy TS Rookie Posts: 19

    hibernate or die.
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    I shut mine down every night. Like in the article, It just does't 'feel' right after sleep/hibernation...Although standby is useful sometimes for short periods.
  23. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,028   +197

    I leave mine on if I am torrenting or downloading a game of course how else would you anyways. I turn my computer off if I will be away from it for more then a hour. And definitely over night. The life span of computers from what I have noticed is significanlty reduced when left on all the time. They seem to slow down faster, like a cassette tape recorded over to many times. They catch more viruses, my dad only uses his computer for work and manages to get all sorts of problems\viruses\malware\corrupt drivers on his computer, his computer is always on and he store files in his recycling bin which for some reason drives me nuts.

    I have no technical know how to prove this, but it is simply what I have observed throughout my 18 years of computing.

    p.s. I checked my dads history he only uses it for work ^^
  24. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Mostly off.
  25. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    i cant stand the thought of leaving it on overnight. i turn my PC off every time i leave the room for more than an hour. if i expect to be back within an hour then i just put it to sleep.

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