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1723 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2007 9:24 PM by Tommiedoug
Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2007 5:48 AM (in response to NowWhat!)Hi there,
That is the second oldest question...
<FWIW> I use the "leave on" method, this allows some maintenance scripts to work: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/maintscripts.html . I do shut down my Mac once every week or 2 to make sure all is well...
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Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2007 5:48 AM (in response to NowWhat!)There are two schools of thought on this, and neither has been proven right. I let my computer stay on all the time, I sleep the screen, spin down the HD, but never sleep or shut down unless i have installed an app that requires it. Others will assert that shutting down preserves the HD. No one has ever come up with a definitive answer, so I suggest you do what feels right for you. One does save electricity by shutting down, and I feel guilty abut not doing that, but on the other hand, my computer is always at the ready and the negligible amount of wattage saved it just that; negligible.
Hope this helps, although I couldn't give you a yes or no answer,iMac Al 20" 3 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 15"iMac G4, 12" PB G4, 15"iMac G3 DVD, OWC 500GB FW HD
Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2007 10:28 AM (in response to NowWhat!)Read the manual that came w/your iMac. The recommendations regarding sleep & powering off are in there.G5 20' iMac w/iSight/Remote, 2.5GB RAM, 250GB HD, Mac OS X (10.4.10), The G5 iMac brought sexy back! "I'M A FLIRT"
Currently Being ModeratedOct 24, 2007 12:30 PM (in response to NowWhat!)Thank you all for your thoughts.
@Rick: Nifty. I'm going to try your suggestion with "MainMenu". Thank you for the link.
@Miriam: I'm a little uncomfortable with the idea. But life is all about pushing the envelope. But before I do, I've got some more reading to do--The Manual.
@Baby Boomer: Doh! What didn't I think of that. Even though my manual is in Japanese, I bought my MAC in Japan, I know the English manual can be downloaded from Apple support, where I'm going right after I send off this email.
Again, thank you all. I imagine you are all going to upgrade to Leopard. I hope it goes smooth for you. Appreciate your suggestion.iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.4.10), iPod 5th Gen 60GB-Mac
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2007 4:27 PM (in response to NowWhat!)I guess I completely disagree with leaving a computer on 24/7 unless it's used as a server as part of a network. I just can't see the sense in leaving a computer turned on when not in use for several hours. I don't leave the TV on, the radio on, or the car running when I'm not using them. If I don't plan to use my computer for several hours (six or more), I shut it down. Doesn't matter how much energy it uses.
During my career at a large semi-conductor company, we all shut our computers off at the end of the day. They lasted for years. The idea of it being hard on the hard drive and electronics to shut it down and then back on is a myth in my estimation. As a matter of fact, it think it does the electrolitic capacitors good to exercise.
My method is to set the "energy saver" to shut the display off when not in use over ten minutes, and shut the computer down at the end of the day. I run scripts manually once per week and repair permissions on the same schedule.
Just an opinion;no proof one way or another...virgiMAC G5, 512Mg, wireless mouse and keyboard, 40G Firelite Smartdisk, 8250 HP printer, Logitech S-530 wrireless kybrd and mse.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2007 9:24 PM (in response to NowWhat!)sleep much better than shut down nightly.G5, Mac OS X (10.5)