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Old 06-02-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I have an older desktop that I don't use constantly, so I shut it down at night on days I've used it. I keep my laptop on all the time, though, in sleep mode if I'm not using. It seems to require very little electricity.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Most of our machines stay on 24/7/365, unless they need a reboot for an update. They do go to sleep when not in use.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I power mine down every night before going to bed then power it back up the following morning when I wake up. As others have stated, I'm trying to watch the power consumption because my electric bill is high and I'm trying to keep it from getting any higher than it is.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I only have my computer on when I'm at home, and off when I'm not. I pretty much never restart my computer unless there is a reason to restart it.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:24 AM
 
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Once every three months my systems are powered off, covers removed and I use a combo of vacuum cleaner and the compressed air with a fine paint brush to clean out all the fine dirt and stuff that builds up on the PCB's, I clean with the paint brush the cooling fans on the CPU's take apart the PS and blow all the gunk out of it.

I reseat all PCB's and connectors, (after using an eraser on the edge contacts) use a CD and DVD cleaning disk after blowing the accumulated dust out of the drive bays.

And on this I don't think I have a unique issue, I take the keyboard apart and clean out all the food crumbs and unstick the sticky keys....

At least I've broken my younger daughter of thinking of the floppy drive slot as her cookie saver.

Ahhhh kids......
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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The only time I shut down/restart my computer is when I'm installing software updates that require a restart. Otherwise I just close the lid on my laptop and it goes to sleep when I'm not using. I restart maybe once a month, if that. How often do you guys shut down or restart your computer(s)?
Once a month sound pretty normal. Mine run 24/7/365. I only restart:

1. Whenever I instal new software.
2. Whenever I experience any unusual problems my computers.
3. Otherwise once ever few weeks (months sometimes).
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Once every three months my systems are powered off, covers removed and I use a combo of vacuum cleaner and the compressed air with a fine paint brush to clean out all the fine dirt and stuff that builds up on the PCB's, I clean with the paint brush the cooling fans on the CPU's take apart the PS and blow all the gunk out of it. <snip>
That seems like an awfully lot of cleaning to me. I haven't usually seen enough dirt build up inside a PC case to warrant cleaning for 3-4 years. I'll clean one if I have it open for some other reason, though.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Your binary isn't divisible by 8
Haha....neither is my electric bill but it is a lot less than what it would be if I left it on all or most of the time!
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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My girlfriend's computer hibernates after 1 hr of no use, drops the usage from about 90w to 2w (we love our little kill-a-watt), I don't do it to mine cause I'm not a big fan of hibernation, seems to cause more headaches than its worth. Better just to shut her down and bring her back up, but my PC doesn't pull much wattage at idle, so I'm good with it.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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I dont like to waste power or my computers resources,i shut down every time im done using it
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