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Do you ever shut down your PC or laptop?

Yes, I always shut it down when I'm finished.
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Only if I need to.
3 (8.6%)
No, but I restart it sometimes.
4 (11.4%)
No, but I use 'sleep' or 'rest' mode
9 (25.7%)
No, it's always on.
0 (0%)

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Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:53:51 AM »
Just something I'm curious about. I tried to cover every scenario I could think of.

As for me, I always shut down when I'm finished. If I think I'll be using it again later in the day, I use 'sleep' mode. I hardly ever leave my PC on for over 24 hours (though sometimes I have marathon gaming sessions). My laptop is a MacBook Pro and I always shut it down. Now, my tablet, I use sleep mode for, and it is never turned off all the way unless an update calls for it. Same with my 3DS.

I know some people who never shut down their computers, or leave them on and running for weeks at a time. I can kinda see the point depending on how you use it. Like if you are doing a lot of rendering/editing/recording/uploading, you'd need to leave it on for a long time, days. My PC is primary for browsing the interweb and playing games so it doesn't need to be on all the time. Plus, it would make my bedroom way too hot if it ran constantly :lol:

Some people think that shutting down and restarting a computer puts more stress on it or is bad for it somehow, but as far as everything I've read about the subject, that isn't true. Some processes that run 100% of the time should be restarted every once in a while at least.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 03:46:44 AM »
My one laptop is such a hassle to turn back on that I just leave it running. Sometimes it decides to shut itself off (if I'm playing a game... Annoying) and I'll turn it back on the next day, but I do avoid it if I can.
My other laptop doesn't have this problem, but it's easier to just have it in sleep mode.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 04:30:19 AM »
I have a laptop which I use when I sit on my bed (with a tray underneath). I turn it off every time I'm done using it.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 05:16:43 AM »
I mostly use 'sleep' mode on my PC and laptop when I won't be using it for a time. Usually this is so I can have it back up and running in a quickie if I need it for something. I'd also never frequently turn a PC off if it didn't have a solid state drive.

That being said it is still good to shut down/restart a PC every now and then if you do leave it on or in sleep most of the time. This helps clear the cache and restart any background processes that might be acting out of wack without you knowing.

As far as it putting stress on a computer by turning it off/on, this was the case with much earlier computers, where frequently turning the components on and off could wear them out, but modern computer parts are robust enough to where that isn't an issue anymore.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 05:27:45 AM »
     I usually log off then turn off my pc, and it’s set to automatically shut off after half an hour of being logged out and no programs running if I forget. Though, I will let it run through the night if I need to. 3d rendering takes time, and my computer isn’t the fastest at it. But yeah, I try to turn it off as often as I can.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 06:03:16 AM »
I turn it off every time. I only sit by it in the mornings and go through the arena, a local news paper and facebook. If I need it more to play any games or update my goodreads etc it's easily to turn on, it only takes 30 seconds from startbutton til it's ready :). Otherwise I use my phone the rest of the day.

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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 08:04:56 AM »
I only rarely use a laptop these days (like, once a month or something!) so I always turn it off afterwards. Mostly I use my phone for everything. I love my phone! My phone gets turned off at night and sometimes when it's on charge (I think it charges more quickly if it's turned off). The laptop is just for things I can't do on my phone and for storing files that I don't need very often.
I haven't had a desktop computer in years. My last one was seven years old when it died. It went out with a bang: it had been playing up so I took it along to the local computer repair place. They were trying to get it working when it went BANG and took out all the electricity in their building! Good old computer, it was always a bit melodramatic :lol:

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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2019, 08:58:51 AM »
I turn it off at night but leave it on standby in the day

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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2019, 10:17:36 AM »
I have a PC, which I turn off when I'm done for the day. I leave it on during the day, unless I know I'm not going to use it anymore before the day after.
My phone almost never is turned off, but it's on perpetual night mode + silent xD
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 12:43:00 PM »
I generally leave it on, but shut it down/restart it every so often; usually it's easier to leave it running than restart it every day. But lately I have been trying to shut it down more often.
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2019, 01:46:15 PM »
I usually leave mine on all the time but I do shut it down completely at least once a week or if I'm going to be gone for a few days.


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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2019, 06:08:35 PM »
It takes so long to boot up my work computer that I got into the habit of never shutting any of them down.  I close my laptops and shut off the screens on my desktops but that's it. 

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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 06:30:22 PM »
If I am leaving it longer than 4h then yes, I turn it off
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2019, 09:07:49 PM »
I always turn my laptop off in the evening. During the day, I use the sleep mode, but I rarely use my laptop until the evening these days unless I'm working from home. My husband never turns his off. :D
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Re: Do you shut down your PC or laptop, or leave it on?
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2019, 02:57:44 PM »
Very interesting! I'm glad I asked. I can relate to having a PC that takes forever to boot up, our old one is like that. My rig has SSDs and boots super fast so it's not an issue if I turn it off and need it later.
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