Okay to leave my MacBook running overnight?

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  1. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    Is it okay to leave my MacBook running overnight? Like, plugged in, screensaver? Are MacBooks meant to be run for long periods of time? (Say, a month without turning it off) I kept my iMac on for 2 years straight and it was just fine. The reason I want to leave it on is so I can rip DVDs, or download torrents overnight so their ready in the morning. Is it okay to do this?
     
  2. know-it-all5 macrumors 6502

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    no problem at all. I leave my laptop on all the time overnight. I usually turn mine off once a month, if.
     
  3. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay, that's good. Do you have a screensaver running?
     
  4. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    I usually leave mine running 24-7, but i turn off the screen (press control+shift+eject) or set it to sleep after a minute or so.

    I do this with both my macbook and ibook and have had no problems at all.
     
  5. nyzballa12 macrumors member

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    My sister turns hers off once every two months or so...other than that, shes either on it or just leaves it on while she is out
     
  6. zlinger macrumors member

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    I am considering to leave my macbook running 24x7x365 as a desktop server.

    I wonder though about dust buildup inside, although it should not be a problem, and if the fan burns out.

    I could open the case once per year, for cleaning maintenance. I assume if a component dies or overheats, the macbook will shutdown (and hopefully not cause a fire).
     
  7. cubeeggs macrumors member

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    I doubt running downloads overnight will do much harm, but I used to run BOINC on my MacBook 24/7 and I’ve had the fan replaced twice. Be careful.
     
  8. medicscott macrumors 6502a

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    i do the same. download torrents all nite, then wakey up with great surprises! never had a problem with it
     
  9. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Curious what kind of torrents u guys downloading/seeding.
     
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Dimming screen is better than screensaver.
     
  11. miicah macrumors regular

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    Just set the screen to turn off, I'm not sure why people even use screensavers any more.
     
  12. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    I like looking at various images of my family scrolling around the screen, its a nice "picture frame" when I'm doing nothing on my computer
     
  13. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I turn down the brightness so my screen turns off. It's set to turn off after a set amount of time, but this way, if before I go to sleep, I want to change a podcast or a song, I can just turn up the brightness. I'm assuming turning the screen on and off a lot will wear it out more than just moving the brightness.

    I don't keep mine on all night though, it usually goes to sleep after the podcast is over, or I use a widget to put it to sleep after a set amount of time.
     
  14. macgeek18 macrumors 65816

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    I just shut the lid after I'm done with it,it's rarely off anymore. I used to shut it down while taking it places,but not anymore.
     
  15. superspud macrumors regular

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    my god, i havnt turned my macbook off in weeks....
     
  16. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    my god, i haven't turned my hackintosh netbook in 6+ months
     
  17. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    How do y'all install updates that require restarts?

    Or are you not counting those as turning it off?
     
  18. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah - that's not a shut down for the sake of turning it off. It's a reboot. ;)

    Like others, I just close the lid and snooze my MBP. I don't ever power it off. The only time it's powered off is if I drain the battery and then snooze it when it's really low.
     
  19. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    Ahh, ok, that makes sense. In that case, mine has been on for over two months. I turned it off when I moved. I thought y'all were going by the uptime...mine's at 14 days.
     
  20. miicah macrumors regular

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    Nah reboots count as resetting the uptime in my eyes. Record for my win7/vista machine was like 13 days or something
     
  21. himanshupant macrumors newbie

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    But that would suspend all processes like downloading of torrents I believe since its gone to sleep !!
     
  22. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    Why don't ya just shut the laptop so the screen turns off :D
     
  23. bov macrumors 6502

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    if you want your torrents/programs to continue running with the display to sleep, just press shift+ctrl+eject button and you'll be good!

    This is different than just turning the display to 0 brightness ;)
     
  24. FRiC macrumors member

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    My MacBook (early 2009) has never been turned off since I turned it on for the very first time. The only times I had to power off were the times when the OS froze completely and I had to hold down the power button to reboot.

    When I take it around I just close the screen to go into standby, and at night I just leave it on idle.

    My longest uptime is around 40+ days when 10.6.3 came out, but recently I've been having a strange problem where it would stop doing name lookups every 1-2 days and I have to reboot to get things working again.
     
  25. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    I've had my current Mac for over 3 years and I rarely turn it off.
     

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