Shutting down vs sleep

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  1. O'Fuck

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    Another mac noob question,

    Friend of mine was telling me that you should hardly ever shut down, that its 'bad for Macs'. You should always just put it to sleep.

    I'm wondering how true this is.

    If I know I'm going to be using the thing throughout the day, I'll usually leave it in sleep mode. But when I'm putting it up for the night, or not using it for the day... it just seems odd that I wouldn't want to turn the thing off. (G4 Powerbook btw)
     
  2. mobbarley

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    All lies. Shutting down is 100% ok.

    Sleep is fine, but remember a restart once in a while is good.
     
  3. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    i shutdown my ibook maybe once every 2 weeks, or when i have an update...
    other than that, just close the lid and plug it in...
     
  4. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    Shutting the system down is just fine. It won't hurt a damn thing.

    That said, I only usually shut it down if a patch requires it or I really foul up some processes, etc. 99.9% of the time I just close the lid.
     
  5. Devoidarex

    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    The only real argument against shutting down ANY computer is that some people believe the stress on components caused by the expansion and contraction of heating and cooling can cause parts to fail over time.

    True or not, I have no idea. :dunno:
     
  6. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Well, standby doesn't keep the components hot either, so the same could apply to that.

    Needless to say, the heating and cooling effects on your computer by shutting it down or sleeping is not going to have any affect on it's reliability. As long as it's not like a $10 motherboard, hahaha.
     
  7. O'Fuck

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  8. Blair

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    i like running cocktail pilot and having it restart my comp once in a while. it just makes everything fell snappier
     
  9. moses

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    the reason they say not to shut down has something to do with the fact that the OS is unix based and jobs that are in the crontab aren't running when they should be because the machine is powered off.

    These tasks are system maintenances that need to run at least weekly, but getting macjanitor or clearing out the logs yourself does the trick also.
     
  10. Legend Zero

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    Uh.. i belive this was the Case with earlier versions of OSX, but if yo have tiger.. maintance scripts run up on sartups and such.. as in you don't need to hae ur computer on at 2am or w.e. the time was b4.. but i could be wrong.. :)
     
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    I leave my PowerBook G4 in sleep mode all the time pretty much, with a weekly restart. I run the maintenance scripts manually, and so far haven't had any issues.
     
  12. O'Fuck

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    Do programs, like Aquisition for instance, keep running while in sleep mode?
     
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    I put my computer to sleep mainly because theres no point to have to wait through the startup time. I restart only when theres a software update etc that requires it
     
  15. MAD PUNK inDC

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    If you are using a powerbook or ibook the power manager does some battery maintenance when the unit is powered down and plugged in that would not otherwise be done when just sleeping. Some have speculated that this may be why batterys seem to go bad faster on some machines than on others. In any case neither is harmfull but I would shut down every now and then.
     
  16. tenplanescrashing

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    yep, I've only shut it down once and that was because we had a lightning storm. other than the occassional restarts from upgrades, mine gets put to sleep everytime.
     

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