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Whats your opinion
« on: May 02, 2012, 05:39:35 PM »
I hope this topic is OK for the board and if not I ask a mod to remove this thread but here's my question. Aside from the cost of powering a desk top computer, do you think its better to leave your computer on all the time (24 hours a day), or shut down whenever your finished using it for the day. Remember I'm not asking about the cost of the electricity.

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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 05:45:04 PM »
My Compaq has a sleep mode. My older computer I have always shut down when done. Personally I would not let any computer run 24/7 JMHO.

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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 05:45:46 PM »
From my own experience, I can tell you that I burned out a motherboard in less than 2 years by having the system on 24/7/365

Since the motherboard's replacement, I no longer leave the system on 24/7  :)
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 05:46:14 PM »
The days of leaving a desk top system on 24/7 are long gone; mine is in regular use and I turn it off every night when done.

This was when it was considered the most stressful time was at boot so the less you boot it the better, but hardware is much more reliable now.
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 06:36:24 PM »
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I have to agree with all of the above posts. It is much better to turn your computer off when not in active use.

I bought my first PC (not my first computer) in 1995 and it lasted only 3-1/2 years before there was a motherboard problem. This first PC was left on most of the time but was turned off occasionally. Since then, I have always turned them off. My computers since then have never failed exept for one power supply that failed.

The desktop I am using this very minute is now 6 years old. Turning the computer off when not in use is one of the things that keep it still in use.


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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 06:58:19 PM »
It is also better to keep up with critical OS and third party software updates.
A lot of users that have computers up and running all the time loose these out.
This is another reason apart from the hardware implications to advise against it,

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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 07:42:11 PM »
Thanks for all your replies,,I have always turned ours off at night when done.

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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 08:27:54 PM »
You're welcome.
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 08:34:33 PM »
I shut down the computer every night when done, though it normally stays on while I'm up.  I do leave my wireless router-modem on 24/7 so my wife and son can use my internet connection for their computers, since I tend to keep odd hours other than when I've got a rare morning appointment.
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 10:12:38 PM »
I shut down the computer every night when done, though it normally stays on while I'm up.  I do leave my wireless router-modem on 24/7 so my wife and son can use my internet connection for their computers, since I tend to keep odd hours other than when I've got a rare morning appointment.
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My router also never gets shut down. I not only need it for WiFi but my home phone depends on the router.
I happen to use MagicJack Plus for my home phone and it's done an excellent job for the past 7 month. :)
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2012, 10:20:53 PM »
Well I will see your off-topic and raise another:
My router and hub have to remain on (BT Internet) for software updates and also BT say if you do constantly switch it off it can mess with your overall connection speed. As their monitoring system sees your constant disconnections and may lower your download rate to try and give a more stable connection. How true that is I don't know but I'm not about to risk it.
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2012, 10:21:02 PM »
Bob I always wondered how well magic jack worked other than their TV ads. Now they say you don't even need to have a computer to use it,,don't know what that means. No problem for me if this goes off-topic,,I'm comptuer illiterate anyway.
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2012, 10:40:53 PM »
Bob I always wondered how well magic jack worked other than their TV ads. Now they say you don't even need to have a computer to use it,,don't know what that means. No problem for me if this goes off-topic,,I'm comptuer illiterate anyway.

Magic Jack Plus does need to be plugged into your computer one time.
When you first set it up, it needs to do that while plugged into the USB connection of your computer.
Once that's done, it's plugged directly into the router and no longer needs the computer except for possible updates and
future changes. At $19.95 per year, it's the cheapest reliable phone service I've been able to find.
(I don't work for them or get anything for making these positive remarks.)


The old Magic Jack always had to be plugged into the computer and the computer needed to be on in order to use it. (I still have it and it still works after 7 years of use.)
If I ever get to go back to Prague, I'll be taking it and a phone with me to call home.  ;D
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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2012, 11:34:08 PM »

The old Magic Jack always had to be plugged into the computer and the computer needed to be on in order to use it. (I still have it and it still works after 7 years of use.)
If I ever get to go back to Prague, I'll be taking it and a phone with me to call home.  ;D

Hi Bob!

Wise answer.  :)

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Re: Whats your opinion
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2012, 11:50:30 PM »
Hi, I have an Acer with vista home premium  that I leave on 24/7 because I'm an user of the old Magic Jack. My other pcs I do shut down when not in use.