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Old 11th May, 2005, 05:45 PM
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How often do you start and shut off your rig? I usually do it twice a day. Is that bad?
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only when i need to. My 4 machines at home run 24/7 and i only reboot when it's really needed, which for 3 of them, is once monthly, after i do the routine file deletes and defrag.
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Old 11th May, 2005, 06:52 PM
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Always on...except for upgrade and maintenance.
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Old 11th May, 2005, 06:59 PM
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I think i'm going to let the beast run 24/7 too. Sooo darn noisy though. Like a Hoover. Kids get stuck to the tower if they walk too close to it.
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Old 11th May, 2005, 07:39 PM
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Mine runs 24/7 as well. Used to be that you were better off just to leave the thing running all the time if you were going to be starting and stopping it at frequent intervals, because the wear and tear on the components at startup would prematurely age them (in fact, a lot of high-reliability stuff would have it's MTBF specified both in Power-On hours and Power Cycles for this exact reason). With soft-start PSUs and better power management in the hardware, that is mostly a thing of the past these days.
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Always on except for upgrades and maintenance
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Old 11th May, 2005, 11:03 PM
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My main machine is turned on and off once or twice a day typically. My two servers are rarely turned off. The laptop is on and off several times a day - typically at least twice!
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Old 11th May, 2005, 11:18 PM
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Always on, except when upgrading, updating, and dust removal.

With the notable exception of my laptop and Intel machine, which are not on a UPS, so they are turned off and unplugged in the event of adverse weather with a lot of lightning.
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Thanks for the replies.
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I used to have le boxes running 24/7. One night the sound of the infamous Delta 38 60mm drove me batty. Since then I turn off the machines if I'm going to be away for four or more hours. If it's good enough for Kim Komando- hubba, hubba- it's OK by me.
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I turn it of once a day, come back from school switch it on then off when going to sleep (makes to much noise), same routine for last 2 years.
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....the sound of the infamous Delta 38 60mm drove me batty.
I always wondered what happend to you, Cloasters.
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My laptop goes to sleep nightly or when transporting it. Other than that, it stays on all the time. Usually the Apple update cycle releases a major update once a month or more, which neccessitate a restart.

My towers stay on 24/7 right now.
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Old 12th May, 2005, 06:38 PM
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I still have a 60mm delta screamer, just in case my alarm clock ever fails I can rig it up to some kind of timer
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The home pc stays off most of the day only when I get at home, in the evening, it's turned on..
The 3 work machines are on 24/7 Restart only when updating windows..
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Old 13th May, 2005, 12:39 PM
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lol, i cant leave my pc on for more than 6 hours,
games start to go slow, windows freezes ect.
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Old 13th May, 2005, 02:43 PM
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I have learned that turning off all but my prsonal rig when not in use, saves me about $40 a month !!
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