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. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

    11 pm to 8 am its off im at my job
  2. Seraphim401

    Seraphim401 TS Booster Posts: 71   +26

    Wait,you can do that?
  3. I always shut down my desktop and laptop. If I'm going out for sometime (even if it is 30 minutes) I will shut them down. Unless, of course, I'm downloading something or installing a program or doing some cleaning.

    I don't like to leave the computer working when I'm not there to use it and the computer is not doing anything important. It's a waste of energy, really. :)
  4. rick4651

    rick4651 TS Rookie

    I use the sleep mode every night.
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I haven't turned off my computer in a while. I only reboot them when I'm installing updates. Really, I don't want to restore my Firefox session (with 60+ tabs) every day, so I just leave it on and see how long it'll last.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,150   +916

    In short... Yes
  7. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    I used to get impatient waiting for the system to shut down so I would leave the room and let the system shut itself off and let the monitor and other devices switch to standby mode. I only had 2gigs of RAM at the time (Windows 7-64b), I recently upgraded to 10gigs and now shut down is really fast, surprisingly so all gets shut off completely. I don't do it for the environment or the global warming hoax, but rather to keep my electricity bill as low as possible.
  8. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 168   +41

    It has been on since 2006 save a few times I went on week+ long vacations.
  9. Erik

    Erik TechSpot Staff Posts: 311   +18

    Never! Just the monitor : )
  10. I got BOINC running on my PCs so, they are on 24/7 and at 100% cpu
  11. Sometimes I leave my pc on when I desperately need to download something through torrent(Tixati)
    and when I am at work I run boinc client for WorldCommunityGrid....
    But have never left it on more than a week...
  12. its always good to reboot to make the system free from viruses.So I shutdown the system each night.
  13. I leave the system on 24/7. After I am done for the day I turn off the monitor and sound system. The anti-virus scan and backups are all done in the early AM.
  14. Mongofongo

    Mongofongo TS Rookie

    Standby is my best friend on both my Desktop and Laptop.
  15. madbo

    madbo TS Rookie

    My desktop works on Enigma@home, on other hand laptops remain Sleep/Suspend mode when not used.
  16. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Enthusiast Posts: 75

    Hell yes, this thing is louder than a MF.
  17. Yes, i turn my computer off at night, and if i will be out for more than 2 hours.
  18. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,720   +860

    Both work and home computers go off each and every night. I've never experienced hardware issues from turning them off each day.
  19. I turn my pc off, all of my components are liquid cooled, and I dont fancy the idea that something could go wrong with all that while i sleep.
  20. always turn my computer of at night, done it ever since ive owned a computer
  21. i was an advocate of leaving my PC on 24/7... until I had my first ever hard drive failure on an 18 month old system,

    Now I let it have 8 hours sleep like me so it doesn't tire and wear out as quickly.
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    My computer is diesel powered so I have to leave it running 24/7 during the winter in Minneapolis or cripes, she gels up ya know.
  23. None of my computers have shut off in years... why?

    When powered down on system idle/standbye, the mobo uses about as much power as an alarm clock.

    Do u shut your alarm clock off..?
  24. I turn it off most nights. My bedroom is small if i dont turn it off the room will be hotter at night and if its a hot summer day than leaving it on combined with the 42" HDTV will make my room hot to the point where the A/C will have to be turned on... The A/C is loud so I try to avoid that scenario and thats such a waste of energy. Got a SSD so no biggie just sometimes have tasks running at night. Hibernate and sleep dont work well for me most of the time the PC will wake itself up randomly if i try to use those features.
  25. Having 7 computers on a home network, something has to give. the server stays on 24/7 but the others go up and down. Using two dell 690s, well, in the winter I dont have to use heat when they are on and they definately go off in the summer! However, there is a lot of truth that the most stress on electronics is the inrush on power up. Generally speaking, if it's going to fail, thats when it will do it.

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