03-15-2011 04:07 PM
I know there are other options for what I'll be asking - but I need the choice JUST BETWEEN the following options taking into account my first sentence in this note:
(1)When done using my computer for the day...click start...& then Shut Down...& when the dialog box pops up...use the drop down arrow to have "Shut down" for your choice & click on OK. Then just reboot your computer each day.
(2)Close all programs...I have my computer set up where the 2 monitors are just black except for one which has my desktop icons (which I can turn off by right clicking my mouse & choosing the option to do that).
This leaves my computer on with both monitors black until I use it the next day.
OK - Which of the 2 options are are best for my computer & will make it last longer?
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03-15-2011 06:42 PM
Perhaps a 1 or 2 question...
Today, for most users, I would lean towards 1, although I confess that both at home and at work I employ 2.
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03-15-2011 11:31 PM
But from your reply....I'm still not sure whether to employ 1 or 2.
But maybe some more people will reply to this & if enough do....I'll just go with the majority.
03-16-2011 04:57 AM
I would go with option 1.
This would be a better option compared to option 2.
I tend to use option 2 at times when i get lazy and cant wait for the system to get rebooted :)
What do you exactly mean by last longer ??
you mean age of computer (hardware problems or something like that) ?
03-16-2011 11:38 AM
All electronic devices have some stated value for MTBU (Mean Time to Belly Up) (ok, ok.. MTBF, MeanTime Before Faulire).
At some point... a device will fail. The longer you run the device, the more likely it is to fail sooner rather than later.
Assuming you mean that you want to use you computer for 5 years... and not that you care that it wil be outdated in 6 months... the longer the computer is off, the better for you.
I used to run a Web Server, Mail Server and AD Server... from my house. They were on 24/7/365. The only time I ever needed to shut them down was for when I wanted to give them a break for a couple of hours. I don't remember anything ever failing for at least a 2 to 3 year span.
You computer's life span will be affected by the environment it runs in though. A dusty room will cause quicker build up and diminished air flow. A cramped room will cause a warmer environment.
Cleaning your computer regularly, and keeping it in a cooler location will lengthen the life of your computer.
Option 2 on the other hand will offer you some benefits.. quicker access to the computer mainly.
If you maintain your computer regularly, you should not have to wait for it to boot up long periods of time.
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03-17-2011 02:58 AM
The reason I did this is that I thought I heard or read somewhere that turning it off & on everyday was more of a strain on it that just keeping it on all the time.
I began to start using option #1 about a month ago because I just got to thinking it would last longer that way.
For the person who asked what I meant by "last longer"....I just meant I know these don't last forever...things eventually wear out & you have to either start fixing them all the time or get a new one.
03-20-2011 01:18 PM
What type of monitors do you have? tube, LCD?
03-31-2011 08:15 AM
In the office, I rarely even log off. I just lock my session with
03-31-2011 05:44 PM
Work computers_hmm,did I logoff before I left today?:-)
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04-04-2011 11:22 AM
If your PC is set up correctly with good ventilation and cleaned occasionally, it can stay on for extended periods of time. The only time my PCs are ever turned off is for hardware maintanance. As for the monitors, put them to sleep, go to a screen saver or simply turn them off.