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Offline ReBirth
« Posted 2012-08-23 12:08:42 »

Little survey to all notebook/netbook users (PC and ultrabook aren't necessary but welcome), how often do you turn off your laptop?

My case: I use my laptop twice a day, in morning to 3pm and night from 6pm to fall down. There's 3 hours gap there for me and device to rest. My current way is always turn it off so I turn on the device twice a day. However, I think this maybe wrong lately. So I want to know how about you and your use case.

Online Roquen
« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-08-23 12:54:32 »

I virtually never shut-down any machine.  It's always sleep or hibernate.
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-08-23 13:00:10 »

For laptop case I'm wondering if I should let it plugged forever when it's on standby mode. But I read somewhere the number of turning on laptop can give more load to your hardware.

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Offline Cero
« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-08-23 13:17:05 »

Especially because I'm using Windows I always turn everything off.
Never ever used Standby. And Hibernate well... maybe is super special cases - not happened yet.

Offline ReBirth
« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-08-23 13:22:03 »

@cero
then I'm now same as you. Does that have bad effect, beside longer time to boot?

Online Roquen
« Reply #5 - Posted 2012-08-23 13:29:22 »

Under windows I've never ever had any problems with sleep nor hibernate.
Offline davedes
« Reply #6 - Posted 2012-08-23 14:45:38 »

Mac's sleep mode is beautiful. I tap a key and my computer is immediately "awake" and ready to use...

I probably restart once a month.

Offline Cero
« Reply #7 - Posted 2012-08-23 17:50:39 »

well its not about problems but for windows, rebooting / shutting down and later on is like taking a shower - everything is nice and clean again and smoooth

especially with windows xp, rebooting and occasional format C: were a necessity

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2012-08-23 18:03:12 »

Mine is asleep half the day, but turned off during the night.

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2012-08-23 18:31:47 »

It's green to switch off, so I do.

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2012-08-23 18:41:51 »

It's green to switch off, so I do.

That is an awesome mindset. Rebooting five times per lecture is just not an option, when taking physical notes. To sleep with it!

Online Roquen
« Reply #11 - Posted 2012-08-23 18:47:42 »

Hibernate consumes less energy than off...since it's off when it's hibernated.
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« Reply #12 - Posted 2012-08-23 19:11:50 »

My laptop doesn't wake up from hibernate anyway...

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2012-08-23 19:22:12 »

And my battery is dead...

I should write a C&W song :-)

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« Reply #14 - Posted 2012-08-23 23:34:19 »

I'm pretty sure nothing consumes less energy than Off.

I used to use hybrid sleep on my PC but since getting a SSD, a boot takes about the same amount of time as waking from hibernate (it takes Windows freakin forever to become responsive once it shows the lock screen) and I'm not writing out 9 gigs worth of data every time.  So I lose the immediate resume of suspend, but it's not much.  With the laptop it's just about convenience, so I just close the lid then let it go from sleep to hibernate.
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #15 - Posted 2012-08-24 02:18:34 »

Don't hibernate cause fragment more? because it always writes a huge file to disk when performed.

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2012-08-24 05:29:05 »

hiberfile.sys doesn't get deleted, so it can be defragged like any other file.
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« Reply #17 - Posted 2012-08-24 07:34:21 »

I fail to see the actual reason for asking the question. What exactly do you want to achieve? To know if your 'switching off practices' are the same as others or are you for example worrying about unnecessary waste of electricity? Or perhaps its more about extending the lifespan of the laptop?
Online Roquen
« Reply #18 - Posted 2012-08-24 07:49:57 »

@sproingie: for most people "off" is not equal to zero consumption.  Hibernate is equivalent to off in consumption, but when you restart (as it takes less time to get started) you're effectively wasting less.

But seriously, it's about certain that if you want to reduce electric consumption this is probably one of the last places you want to look.
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« Reply #19 - Posted 2012-08-24 09:19:23 »

I fail to see the actual reason for asking the question. What exactly do you want to achieve? To know if your 'switching off practices' are the same as others or are you for example worrying about unnecessary waste of electricity? Or perhaps its more about extending the lifespan of the laptop?
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