Shut Down or Sleep?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sk3pt1c, Jan 22, 2007.

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Shut Down or Sleep?

Poll closed Feb 21, 2007.
  1. Shut Down

    18 vote(s)
    20.7%
  2. Sleep

    69 vote(s)
    79.3%
  1. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

    sk3pt1c

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    #1
    do you mostly shut down or put your mac to sleep when you don't need it or at night?

    advantages/disadvantages of each?

    i mostly put it to sleep when i don't need it, faster to get back at it when i want...

    you?

    thanks

    john
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    If you have 10.4.2 and you sleep your machine, it'll run the daily/weekly/monthly maintenance scripts next time you wake up. If your machine is shut down it will not run these unless your machine is on at the right time (between three and five in the morning). Sleeping it's the bomb.
     
  3. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Whenever I want save power, I always shut-down. I have too many upgrades that are incompatible with sleeping and I have the patience to wait a couple of minuteds for a start-up. But shutting down is as very rare for me. I just keep it runnin.
     
  4. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    #4
    I use sleep, it's more convenient for me, one keystroke and the desktop is there how i left it. I very rarely restart my macbook because it's on the move from my room to lectures and back frequently.
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    #5
    i put my macbook to sleep whenever it isn't in use.
     
  6. ruutiveijari macrumors regular

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    #6
    Shutdown. Everything else is just a waste of electricity and natural resources.
     
  7. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    #7
    I shut down at night. Mainly because the glowing light would keep me awake, but also because I don't see a point in using 8 hours of electricity to save myself 10 seconds in the morning.
     
  8. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so we also have a new factor, the environment :)
    ease vs. ecology
    hmmm...
    i'd still use Sleep though, sorry ;)
     
  9. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sk3pt1c

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    looks like power consumption when in sleep mode is so negligable it's not even worth arguing about.
    having read some articles, one stat that i saw about PCs is that running a computer in sleep mode for 285 days straight consumes the same power as running a car for 3 hours.
    and macs consume far less energy than PCs, so imagine the analogy there.
    Sleep mode ROCKS! :)
    plus the vibrating (snoring :) ) light is uber-cool :D
     
  10. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I just shut my G4 down, as well as my Thinkpad. Both have very fast boot times so it's pretty much comparable with sleep on the units of others'.

    21 second boot time is plenty fast for me, I mean my eyes have to adjust and everything too, so I wouldnt really be actively doing anything for that long anyhow.
     
  11. ruutiveijari macrumors regular

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    Yep. And you shouldn't recycle either. I mean, come on, what can just one person do! Or one sleep mode.

    Waste is waste. And it's killing the planet.
     
  12. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    #12
    yes it is! ;)
     
  13. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    #13
    -ruutiveijari

    Yes, but more energy is consumed in startup than an entire month of sleep.

    This is augmented by the fact that productivity out of sleep is much quicker than in startup as well.
     
  14. bellychris macrumors member

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    I wonder how much power is used just starting the machine up vs. leaving it sleeping all night.
     
  15. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Sleep. Rarely shut down. Occasional restarts cause I needed to run WinXP for class.

    I'd like to know as well. The MB gets a bit hot whenever I run WinXP but is nice and warm when running OSX.
     
  16. bembol macrumors 65816

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    Eversince I switched to Mac and read up on this I rarely Shut her down. I do restart because of XP.
     
  17. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Sleep only. That way I can pick right up where I left off.
     
  18. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    #18
    Shutdown, I dont trust Sleep when my MacBook is in a bag.
     
  19. MacNut macrumors Core

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    So do you unplug the fridge too when not in use.:rolleyes:

    A computer in sleep mode is drawing maybe 10 watts, it is hardly enough to be hurting anything.
     
  20. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I'm confused. How can the notebook turn on, if put to sleep in the first place, if it is in a backpack/messenger bag/etc?
     
  21. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    Sleep FTW!

    Truest words I've ever read

    Well my MB is supposed to put to sleep when I close it but the other day when I went to a cafe, that didn't happen. I opened it and it was extremely hot. The screen wouldn't come out of sleep mode so I had to restart via power button. Once restarted half the battery was discharged. Anyone know if this is a known problem? I'm going to put it to sleep myself from now on. This has never happened to me before.
     
  22. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Oh interesting. Between classes I just close the lid but when bringing the MB to campus I actually click :apple: -> Sleep.
     
  23. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    Then unplug it while it's asleep.
     
  24. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure you have run all the SMC updates. Had the same problem on a Macbook till I ran them and now everything is fine. The spec doesn;t specify that that it cures this issue, but ever since I ran it, it wasn't an issue. Maybe just luck, but give it a whirl.
     
  25. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

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    home : sleep.
    work : put screensaver on. never shut down and never sleep since need to keep server running.
     

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