Realistic Restart Interval for Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Sean Dempsey, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    With the old PC, I'd let it go maybe 10-14 days between restarts. Part of the reason was it took about 10 minutes to boot up.

    with the new mac pro, I watch my iStatPro like a hawk, always curious about performance, and I was wondering how long a Mac Pro should go between reboots. I need to leave it on overnight for backups and such, but is once a day common? Or is there no real need to restart unless something compels me to? Right now, its been on for about 46 hours, and my RAM usage reads (with just this browser open) as about:

    5 GB total...
    650 MB wired
    680 MB Active
    460 MB Inactive
    3.2 GB MB Free

    VM size: 24 GB

    Page in/out: 2,300,000 / 1184

    Having a PC has given me a phobia about restarting. You never know what's going to happen when/if it comes back...
  2. thuff13 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I don't have a Mac Pro, but with my MacBook and my Mini I only restart when I have to (i.e. after a system update). I've never noticed any problems from leaving either of them on for extended periods of times (i.e. weeks). I am guessing that if it is ok with a MacBook or Mini it should be ok with your Mac Pro to wait until something forces you to restart.
  3. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    There is generally no need to restart, but instances in which you might restart include a system freeze/kernel panic (rare), OS X or other software update, general system slowdown (sometimes due to large cache files?). I basically only restart after a software update and that is generally every week or two.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Shouldn't need to restart, maybe log out if you want.

    All logging out and restarting really accomplishes is to make sure you kill any of the apps/processes that might exhibit memory leak type behavior -- but Apple's old comment about this used to be "log out and log back in."
  5. Sean Dempsey thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    So when I leave my office, is there a way to lock the computer, without logging out, to keep people off? Something built into OSX, preferably.

    I just ask because I have alot of backup programs and automation that run when I am gone, so I have to stay logged in.
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I've been fine going for months without a restart. Unless Apple decides to update something...ugh.
  7. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007

    yup can be done. Go to system preferences--login options--check enable fast user switching and then you can choose for it to display a little person, your short name or name on the top bar.

    Once you've done that you can click the icon and select login window from now and it'll lock itself
  8. Pili macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2005
    Orlando/Miami, FL
    In the security preferences menu, turn the option that requires a password to come back from screen saver then just have the screen saver set to a hot corner through expose. I do this all the time and everything remains running.
  9. statikcat macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2007
    Ditto. Works great. I have it set to start screen saver when I move my mouse to the upper left corner. Dont want my co workers pranking my machine while I am at lunch :D
  10. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Another way is within Keychain.

    Open Keychain
    Go to Keychain -> Preferences
    In the General Section, select the checkbox for Show Status in Menu Bar
    Close Keychain

    No you will see a lock in the upper right of the menu bar. Select the lock and the first option is Lock Screen.

    I use this to keep my son (2 years old) from being able to move the mouse and do untold damage :eek:. I like this method because I've already assigned the 4 corners to other Expose actions.

  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    That just leaves restarting the machine and resetting the password using the Restore DVD, then hiding that DVD. ;)
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    macs are amazing they really dont need to be restarted.

    server 2003 seems to be really good at this also... sometimes better than osx (not server versions).

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