Is it ok to leave a MacBook on ALL the time?

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  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    I'll be getting a new MacBook Pro when the new ones come but I was wondering. I'll be using it a good percentage of the time hooked up to a display and using it like a desktop with an apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Is it ok if I leave it on 24/7 in clamshell mode? I'll have it sitting on a cooling mat if that makes a difference
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Sure, just put it to sleep when you are not actually using it. Sleep goes to a very low power mode, nearly off, except for holding memory. It would completely cool down in a few minutes of sleep.

    Unless you are planning to use it as a file server, or a P2P torrent server, 24/7 - not a reasonable use for a laptop, just my opinion :D
    But, that by itself really won't hurt anything either. in Clamshell mode, you can turn off the external display, if you have to keep the MBPro powered up.
     
  3. Isamilis macrumors 6502

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    Don't do whatever if you don't really need to do. So in my case, I would unplug if the battery is already fully charged whenever I have time to do that but not very disciplined (i.e. setting up alarm just to wake up and unplug the chord) because battery obviously has tolerance level.
     
  4. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I just wanted to keep it powered on all the time so if I was out and about and needed something on my MacBook, I could just remote into it through my iPhone or iPad. That wouldn't work if it was asleep would it?

    I was thinking about getting a Mac mini since I mostly like to do programming on a big screen at home anyway, but I was worried if I go to school for computer science that I might need a laptop. That's why I was asking all this
     
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    I guarantee the Mac will manage its own battery better than you can by plugging and unplugging, there hasn't been any need to do that for about 5+yrs at least.
     
  6. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

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    :D
     
  9. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Or keep your docs on Dropbox and access via the Dropbox app on your iDevice??
     
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    Won't hurt a thing. I run my 13" rMBP like this 24/7 with just the external screen going to sleep.
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You don't need to do that.
     
  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    That's what I do except I have it sitting in a wooden vertical stand I built si ti takes less desk space. It gets plenty of airflow around it. Anytime I take it out and run just on battery I get more than adequate battery life.
     
  13. Barry01 macrumors newbie

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    I run presentations. Right before every presentation, I reboot the computer. So, my recommendation is that if you depend on flawless functionality for a public presentation, you would do well to reboot.
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    That's rather unnecessary, this isn't Windows 95.
     
  15. Barry01, Jan 3, 2016
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    Having crashed three times right before and one time during a presentation... I disagree.

    I have 16gb ram, 1Terrabyte solid state drive and 2.8 ghz MacBook Pro.

    I do run videos in my presentations and I got this sage advice from another techy presenter.

    Not only my MacBook but two (newer) iMacs at our church need that weekly reboot.
     
  16. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

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    Normally that should not happen.

    What software in which version do you use for the presentations and what version of OS X?
     
  17. Barry01 macrumors newbie

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    ProPresenter

    Using After Effects and Premier Pro (among other things) to create the presentations throughout the week.

    So, I have made it my practice (and our other media team's) practice to give a fresh reboot before our presentations.

    Yosemite and ElCapitan both OS X versions and ProPresenter 4..5..6
     
  18. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

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    Never heard of that before. Do you update it regularly? And report bugs? I just saw the list with fixed bugs only in the latest version 6.0.12 and it's very long also the headline says "compatible up to MacOS 10.10".

    http://www.renewedvision.com/pro_download.php (Version History)
     
  19. Barry01 macrumors newbie

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    Regular updates and reporting
    This happened 3 times in the last 2.5 years. I noticed that when I did some After Effects stuff and Premier Pro movies, the computer really should have been rebooted.

    This is one example, in my opinion, where the adage "don't need to reboot" is just a bit overstated.

    Going into a presentation, I always reboot to clear memory and any potential issues.
     
  20. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    My guess is you have a buggy process running that is causing the crashes. When you reboot, that process is killed and is not started again at boot time. There is nothing unique to rebooting that is fixing it, though it's a convenient workaround.
     
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