Can an active Screen Saver hurt my computer in the long run

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dobomode, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. dobomode macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    I really love the active desktop Screen Saver hidden feature of OS X and I have been running LotsaSnow constantly over the past day or so.

    What kind of implications does running a desktop Screen Saver in the background have? I know it uses up CPU resources (LotsaSnow uses 20% CPU on my MBP 2.2 GHz), but I am fine with that if I am using the laptop for casual work (I'd turn it off if I were doing something more intense). So ultimately, could running a desktop screen saver hurt my computer in the long run?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It just uses CPU resources. You'll be fine.

    I'd still like to know how though.
  3. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2007
    Southern California
    Backlight 2.
  4. Chromako macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2007
    The Wired
    Practically speaking, no. Let's say, in a worst case scenario, you have the mbp on a blanket. The mbp has thermal protection, so there's nothing to worry about, really. Theoretically, extra heat could affect things on a sub-micron level but that just reduces the lifetime of your CPU and fans from thirty to, oh, twenty years? I think it will meet its demise far earlier than that from the myriad other dangers in this world.

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