How ofton do you have to shut down the ibook?

CaptainCaveMann

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Can i just leave an ibook on all the time? How ofton should i turn it off and give it a break to cool or soemthing?
 

jxyama

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you can pretty much leave it on as long as you want. just to save the backlight, i'd shut the lid and put the machine to sleep, but there's no great harm in leaving it on...
 

blodwyn

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Since i bought it in June I've only ever turned my powerbook off once - to upgrade the memory. I just close the lid to put it to sleep at the end of the day and open it again the next morning. It stays cool when sleeping as power consumption is minimal.

My experience is you just use it and don't worry about it
 

Simon Liquid

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Once after my Powerbook had been on a month, it stopped fully recognizing my firewire disk when I turned it on. I could get to the files, but it didn't show on the desktop and find file couldn't see anything on it. Restarting fixed me up-though it may be that logging out and back in would do the trick I don't recall if I tried that or not.
 

Capt Underpants

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This isn't totally on topic, but it isn't worth posting a new thread for, either.

Does anyone remember the terminal command for uptime? I've never done it, so i don't even know what it could be, but I now it exists. Forgive my newbishness,
 

tdhurst

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Uh...

Capt Underpants said:
This isn't totally on topic, but it isn't worth posting a new thread for, either.

Does anyone remember the terminal command for uptime? I've never done it, so i don't even know what it could be, but I now it exists. Forgive my newbishness,
Yeah, type in U P T I M E
 

abc123

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i turn my powerbook off only when i do an update that requires a restart. aside from that i think i've turned it off once since april to give it a bit of a wipe down.
 

rdowns

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Capt Underpants said:
Thanks....for making me look like an idiot. You could've PM'd it to me ;)!

Not a bad uptime... 34 days...
Nah, if he had told you to leave out the spaces, then you could accuse him of making you look like an idiot. :D
 

CaptainCaveMann

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abc123 said:
i turn my powerbook off only when i do an update that requires a restart. aside from that i think i've turned it off once since april to give it a bit of a wipe down.
How do you know when to do an update?? Does the ibook automaticly prompt you for an update?
 

noel4r

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Any disadvantages of shutting it down every day? I only use my iBook once on weekdays for about 15 mins to check email or surf the web from the bed.
 

JeDiBoYTJ

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I only restart if im forced to after a software update or application install, or if freezes... which rarely happens anyway, lol.

my powerbook has been up for 3 days now, the max ive had it on was I think 22days, before the new update was released.
 

MoparShaha

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My PowerBook has been OFF for only a few hours over the past year. I just let it sleep the rest of the time. It keeps the machine ready to use anytime, and supposedly helps OS X run better, something to do with caches. Anyways, I really don't see a point to turning any machine off when you can just let it sleep/standby.
 

wdlove

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I have had our iBook on 24/7 for several over six months now with now problem. The back light goes off to save energy. Being a G3 model the heat doesn't seem to be problem. It is only restarted with an update.
 

AmigoMac

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Turn off? I hope you're kidding ;) ...

Since I got it in may, it hasn't been off a single minute, I got my second RAM stick before the iBook, so, everything was done before turning it on for the first and single time ... Nice, eh?

Just close the lid and feel free to have your apps as soon as you open it...
 

Gherkin

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I don't even put my PB to sleep at night. I turn down the brightness on the screen all the way, and keep it on so my instant messenger stays on all night.
 

ricebag

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whatever

On my old iBook - 500 mhz dual usb - I was playing a game on a SNES emulator and wasn't sure if the saving functions worked and didn't want to lose my hard-won progress, so I left it on for months with the game running the whole time. With that program open the whole time, the performance did degrade a little, but heck, not much, and that was two years ago, with one program running nonstop.

(For those who are curious about the outcome, I "accidentally" installed a software update one day and had to restart... and it turned out the save function did work.)
 

mcadam

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I also never turn off my powerbook, just close the lid and let it sleep... and that sbility is really a thing that distinguishes mac from other laptops - i can't believe that pc laptops can't do that... they take several seconds to wake up, a mac does it in just a moment! It's so cool...:)
 

AliensAreFuzzy

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ricebag said:
On my old iBook - 500 mhz dual usb - I was playing a game on a SNES emulator and wasn't sure if the saving functions worked and didn't want to lose my hard-won progress, so I left it on for months with the game running the whole time.
What game was it?
 

abc123

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Jsmit said:
Here is an article on why you should turn off you computer as often as possible: CNN Article .
an ibook/powerbook is a little different, that article says that it is the "green" thing to do because while a computer is idle it uses heaps of power. i don't know exactly how long they can last but i've left my powerbook asleep for days, not connected to a power supply and the battery has hardly drained at all.
if you are worried about saving power, just disconnect the computer from the power supply when you put it to sleep :)
 

Zardoz

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In fact, turning off your iBook may be dangerous. I once turned my AlBook off for a week during vacation, and here's what I came home to. Only a week! WHY!