Leaving mac pro on.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Macpropro80, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Macpropro80 macrumors 6502

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    This may sound like a stupid question but bare with me here. The Ubuntu computer next to my mac pro has a problem with wireless so I share my internet from my mac pro to it via ethernet. I have to download a large 20 gig file that will take about 2 days, on my ubuntu computer, and Im going to boston so lets say 4 days. Is it safe to leave my mac pro running for over 4 days straight? I don't want to overheat or anything.

    Thanks.

    I just love my mac pro and I want it to last, so I always ask before I do.

    With my dell on the other hand, I could careless.
     
  2. Whiteyez macrumors regular

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    Leave it one month open, nothing is going to happen dont worry..
     
  3. cipher29 macrumors regular

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    I haven't turned my mac pro off since I bought it back in September 2008 :) Only rebooted for updates..
     
  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I often leave my Mac Pro on for a week or more. You won't hurt it a bit.
     
  5. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    lol...aren't mac pros designed for being left on?
     
  6. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Yup, mine has been on 24/7 since I bought it 3 years ago. I turned it off once to have Apple make good on their promise to sell me two 1GB sticks for the same price as four 512MB ones - about a week after I got it home.

    If you need it to be on for some kind of connection make sure to set it to restart after a power failure.
     
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    shouldn't be a problem. again mine stays on most of the time, usually only being shut down for updates etc
     
  8. Pika macrumors 68000

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    I shut down my Mac Pro each time i am not using it. I live in Canada, it's not a country, it's winter. Each time i use my Mac Pro, i have to run my 10.000BTU Air Conditioner to the maximum. My room is cold as ice. Cold enough to make your tongue stick to metal. I sleep with a coat and using the computer with a coat... all this to avoid heat.

    I take good care of it.
     
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  10. Pika macrumors 68000

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    I think the Mac Pro can support up to -40°C.
     
  11. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a

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    Its a workstation... :apple:
     
  12. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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    Thats minimum storage temp. It's operating minimum is 10 degrees C.
     
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I don't think my Mac Pro has been off for more than 10 minutes at a time since I bought it in 2006. The machine is always on, never in sleep mode (though the screens and hard drives do go in to standby when idle).
     
  14. Pika macrumors 68000

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    You can keep your Mac Pro running for a long period of time but you have to take 3 things in consideration:

    Temperature: Keep your Mac Pro cool with an air conditioner at a fixed temperature.

    Energy: Get a powerful UPS Battery Surge to protect it against power failure.

    Security: Make sure nobody will mess your computer, make sure your room is locked.
     
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Odd question your asking

    ...but most people don't have a problem leaving their Window's PC on 24/7 and the Mac uses the same building blocks. So why should the uptime be different? Ain't you forgetting that the MP's a workstation, build to server standards, therefore shouldn't it be more than capable to be left on continuously...

    :rolleyes:
     
  16. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    One thing to consider when running apps that may use all 8 cores:

    Your power bill. My energy bill is normally about $30-40 during the summer. Last summer, I was leaving my 8 core on 24/7 while it was running SETI and my bill went over $100 in July and August. That's what my bill was that I just paid for March. I stopped using SETI for those reasons and now I sleep it when I leave home. This thing is an energy hog.
     
  17. POLOgt macrumors member

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    Your kidding right?

    Do you think they leave all their computers in a supercomputer on?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_X_(computing)
     
  18. twoodcc macrumors P6

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  19. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I leave mine one 24/7, atleast 11 months of the year. For the other one, it's boxed up and in transit, to somewhere... I guess you could say my system is well travelled. Pity it can't earn air miles for me.
     
  20. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Let's see....the Mac Pro uses a server-grade logic board and processor(s), ECC memory and is one of the coolest-running and quiet workstations in the business. It was clearly designed for 24/7 reliability.

    The only time I can think of when I actually shut the machine completely down was when I added an Airport card and couple of hard drives. That's about it.
     
  21. mlankton macrumors newbie

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    Unbox your new Mac Pro, plug it in, turn it on, then leave it on until it's time to upgrade.

    Real computers are made to run 24/7.
     
  22. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    Drop it down to 3 or 4 cores to conserve the power. Or set boinc to 50% cpu usage. Been crunching world community grid since 2007 and my bill only went up 20 bucks. I think your power company screwed you. Some places allow you to average your bill to help you from a spiked bill. Worth looking into. BTW, did you folks at SETI ever find ET?
     
  23. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my Mac Pro 15 months ago and only had it of for 2 weeks when I went on holidays.
     
  24. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Do you need to shut it down and clean out the dust bunnies once in a while?

    While I'm sure it depends on your environment, with other PC's I've owned in the past, this has been a regular maintenance task for a computer running 24/7. At least a quarterly inspection is a good idea to ensure you still have good airflow.

    Someone I know had a PSU fail and the most likely cause was dust build up.
     
  25. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it's always a good idea to open up an computer once in awhile and clean it out.
     

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