I'm wondering how much time could a computer stay ON?

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  1. McSalv

    McSalv New Member

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    I wonder how much time can I leave my computer on? is it bad for the computer to be ON too much time?
    Thanks in advance:)
     
  2. Jeff Merr

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    Only negative to leaving it on is that the fans are constantly running sucking dust in, so it will get dirty a lot faster. You also might want to occasionaly reboot every day or 2 to keep it fresh.
     
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    It doesn't hurt them to stay on. The oldest machine I still have in use (Pentium 166) has been running 24/7 for over 5 years, with an occasional reboot every couple months.
     
  4. Goonigoogoo

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    My work PC is on 24/7 365 days a year, i reboot it every morning. My home PC when its not running Azureus is turned off. If you don't need your machine on for any purpose just turn it off but i HIGHLY recommend at least 1 reboot a day unless you're running a P2P software on it.
     
  5. peerk

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    I usually turn my computers off when they are not going to be used for a few hours.

    But my old Philips Tivo (basically a computer) has been running 24/7 for 5 years. I'm actually surprised the drive hasn't died yet.
     
  6. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    as long as i can keep it going.

    we just had some downtime at work (our whole server room was redone). it was our 1st downtime in over 4 years. during that time, our Unix box receive it's first reset from its initial installation, 4 years ago. It was upgraded with another system. ROFL.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    series 1 tivo huh? my phillips tivo ran for a couple of years before i got the green screen of death, then replaced the hard drive.
    i got my series 2 tivo a few months ago, i figure it will last a long time. it's got a 160 gig hitachi drive and a 200 gig western digital with the twin breeze bracket and the fan installed.

    my one computer teacher told us about how he was working on a network at some buisness. they were trying to track down all the servers, but they couldn't find this one. they finally went all the way down to the boiler room and found it behind some boxes. it was just a server box with an ethernet cord and a power cord. it had been hooked up to a ups. it hadn't been restarted or turned off in over 8 years and was running os/2 warp. it worked perfectly. when he opened it up, it was completely filled with dust
     
  8. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    nice. reminds me of the bash quote where the guy lost his computer. couldn't find it, yet it replied to pings. :wiggle: :wiggle:
     
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    im with cyberbullets.

    QDB: Quote #5273
    "<erno> hm. I've lost a machine.. literally _lost_. it responds to ping, it works completely, I just can't figure out where in my apartment it is."
    http://www.bash.org/?5273
     
  10. McSalv

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    Oh, I see, thanks for your helpfull replies guys:)
     
  11. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Our file/print/db servers run 24/7 with a reboot every 2 months, or sooner if they desperatly need it. The need to reboot is more of a software issue than hardware.
     
  12. Aimless

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    The University of North Carolina has finally found a network server that, although missing for four years, hasn't missed a packet in all that time. Try as they might, university administrators couldn't find the server. Working with Novell, IT workers tracked it down by meticulously following cable until they literally ran into a wall. The server had been mistakenly sealed behind drywall by maintenance workers.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    There's also the issue of IDE drives wearing out. 100000 MHBF means your IDE hard drives have a 50/50 chance of being broken by the time they're 11 years old. If you have SCSI drives, that 50/50 time jumps to 136 years. That, combined with the general flexibility of the SCSI standard, is the reason that servers use SCSI 99% of the time.

    I have no idea if Serial ATA drives have a longer MHBF time than IDE drives do. Anybody know this?
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    That is fuckin hardcore. And I don't use that term often because I hate the way most people use it. Hiding behind a pile of boxes in the boiler room, plastered inside a wall, lost in an apartment (prolly under a stack of pornos)...man, I wish I had a story that good. My oldest computer is a 1999 Gateway laptop. It's got a good screen, even compared to modern LCDs. It's unremarkable otherwise.
     
  15. Grelmar

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    My oldest machine is an IBM Aptiva circa 1995. (aka "Luscious Linda the Linux Box).

    The 8G hard drive has been making the "Thocka-thocka-thocka" sound of doom for the past couple of years.

    It gets turned off every couple of months when a customer desperately needs a "loaner" machine so they can still surf the net and get at their e-mails while I'm tinkering with their machine.

    Currently running Ubuntu 4.1 (Warty Warthog).

    Linda's most recent moment of glory:

    Loaned it to a friend while I worked on their MUCH more powerful AMD Duron 1800. A couple of days later, the friend called me and asked me to whipe Windows off their machine and install Ubuntu, because they couldn't believe how much more stable it was.
     
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    how much does it cost in electricity by leaving it on all day?
     
  17. mace

    mace i don't read

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    considering the average computer probably uses around 150 watts.

    .15 kilowatts * $0.22? * 24 hours = $0.792

    so about a 80 cents a day
     

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