Sleep or Shutdown

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by yoak, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I´m curious as to what is better for my ibook; turn it off and on or just put it to sleep when I´m not using it for a while?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I have a PowerBook and my wife has an ibook - both of us just put them to sleep when not in use. Except for program installations/system updates I haven't shut down or restarted my PB since I bought it a year ago.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    There's no reason for shutting the 'books down..
    Unless if you aren't using it for a couple of days.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    Ditto for me too since June
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    yes restarting a computer is like starting up your car all the time or anythign else it really wears alot more on it. They say to never shut it down unless like stated before you need to.
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    calgary, ab canada
    i've read somewhere that laptops start using a bit of their battery supply when they are in sleep mode. which would mean you would be constantly cycling the power on your battery. here's one article, and i have seen others recommending shutting down.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    Since we bought the eMac and the iBook, we just put them to sleep, only restarted for updates...
  9. macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Yep, that's why I never shut down my car. Never turn off the engine, even at night when I sleep, or when I go camping for a week in the mountains. Although it gets kind of expensive in the long run, and I'm always attacked and harassed by eco-nuts.

    Disclamer: I don't have a car, I never go camping and I've never been attacked by anyone/anything... unless you count that one wasp that became angry when I trapped his friend in a coke bottle. Uh, yeah... and I almost never turn off my PB. I almost never put it to sleep, either, since I use it to run a server.
  10. zim
    macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I sleep, never shut down. I have a powerBook and an iMac at home and a powerMac G4 at work. I never understood why people got upset over apple putting the iMac power buttons in the back. No one I know ever shuts down or even touches their Mac's power button.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003

    I mean it all depends how often you use it. In terms of overall efficency i htink it is better to sleep any recently made mac if you think you will use it within the next 24 hours.
  12. macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2004
    san jose, ca
    i usually shut it down if its a hot day and unplug the power cord. i have no air conditioning in my house and if i leave it running, by the time i get home from work, its burning up. now that were in fall, the weather has been much kinder and so i've been leaving it on.

    have to say that its easier to open up the laptop and start working right away vs. having to wait for it to boot up, although the boot time isn't all that long. i guess i'm just an impatient person. :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    OT: Power consumption

    After a pretty major electric bill last month, I have a question as to how much power something like the PB or eMac use when in a "sleep" mode.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2004
    iBook transportation in Sleep mode

    I still have some doubts. I have an iBook G4 14" and I was used to shutdown, but a friend of mine has a PowerBook 12" and never shutsdown. I started to do the same and only shut it down at night. But I still have a question: when moving my iBook (to school, from scool, from a room to another) isn't it dangerous to do it on sleep mode? Isn't the HD going to have problems because of this?
  15. macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    Well, since the PB can last weeks on a full charge whilst sleeping, the answer's going to be 'really not much'. I do remember reading that G5 PMs use a relatively substantial amount of power whilst sleeping, but can't remember where ;)

    Oh yeah, and the thread. I never shut my PB down, save to restart for updates, and on the occasional days it has hysterics over something.
  16. macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    jojobach: The whole idea of sleep is that the HD doesn't run. Again: during sleep, the HD does not run. So no need to worry.

  17. macrumors regular

    May 10, 2004
    The HD won't be spinning while it's in sleep mode so it won't be affected if you move the 'book.

    AFAIK the only thing that uses power while the machine is asleep is the RAM so the 'book knows where it was when you wake it back up.

    Like almost everyone else here I never shut down my eMac or PB unless an upgrade requires a restart. Oh, and I shut down the eMac if I'm away from home on holiday - but then I turn off all the power in the house except for the fridge...
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2004
    in the great Asian wonderland
    Cant remember where I saw this, but there was a discussion about this and some said Apple recommends that you shutdown every so often. There was even something on Apple support that said this.

    Havent read it myself so dont know how true it is but that is what was said.

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