Bought a brand new Mac Mini today

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bacong, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Bacong macrumors 68000

    Bacong

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    (Don't worry, I'm not new to mac)

    I'm loving my brand new Mac! The first time I actually bought a new computer for myself.

    Anyway, quick question. I know that there are scripts ran by OS X every once in awhile that keep the system running well...what I'm asking is how often I should shut this machine down.

    AFAIK desktop computers are made to be on nearly 24/7, but with how small the mini is I'm not sure if that translates.

    Any response is appreciated!
     
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Right before a lightning storm or expected power outage. :) My mini has been powered on for three years, and I've only selected Shut Down… three times.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You can sleep it overnight to have the scripts run when it reawakens or just leave it on 24/7. It uses something like 14w when idling so less than 3 nightlights.
     
  4. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    "and it crashed 1092 times..." :p
     
  5. georgegarrigues macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this information, but where did you get the figure about the night lights? It's my understanding that computers really drain a lot of juice and I'd hate to have another dam put up on a nice river to pay for the electricity.

    Sincerely, your friend, George
     
  6. Wheaty macrumors regular

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    Yes the mini does draw very little on stand by. just a couple of Watts, so Less than most night lights which tend to be 3-5W.

    Typical consumprion when running is 13-20W depending on the task.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=698463

    I did a basic power usage test on my Mini when I got it last year out of curiosity..

    Just to point out though, yes 2W is bobbins... but If you have a 100 appliances around your home consuming 2W 24/7 then it all adds up. And your not taking into account any losses through the cabling in your house etc etc...

    I'll stop now before I start sounding like a really nuts environmentalist..

    I'm just a Sparky really.

    Wheaty

    PS Personally I switch mine off when I'm not using it for long periods, ie over night /at work. Other wise its on in standby, you can set it for an automatic wake up time in sys prefs, if you need it on by....
     
  7. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Maybe yours, but not mine. :p Not once.
     

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