Sleep or Turn off?

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  1. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502

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    I heard Somewhere it's better to sleep your computer than turning it off,is it true?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Yes. Macs, when sleeping, are basically "off" for all intensive purposes.
    You rarely reboot; mostly caused by software updates.
     
  3. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    Depends on your definition of "Better"

    Its much more convenient to sleep it, and thats what I do.

    There's old myths about the initial surge of electricity going thru a computer that "damages" it/shortens life. There's never been any conclusive proof to that.

    The only real reason to shut down instead of sleep is to save battery life
     
  4. AppleTecFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    does sleeping it make the computer slower??
    and i use it everyday
     
  5. Akira1980 macrumors 6502

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    Neither, I just shut off the screen but keep the computer on 24/7. :D
     
  6. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Agreed.

    The only time the computer goes off is when it makes me restart. Otherwise, it's always on.
     
  7. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    Eh...not truly. OSX isn't perfect and I'm sure it has some memory leaks, but nothing that should really affect you. Just make sure to restart firefox every once in a while


    I would advise against this personally. Even if you're not concerned about the amount of electricity it wastes, you're drawing a lot of dust, dirt, and hair into the fans this way...
     
  8. PolySciSurfer macrumors 6502

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    Turn off, especially when placed in a bag or sleeve. The macbook can wake from sleep and fry itself. Sadly.
     
  9. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

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    I usually put mine to sleep unless I'm taking it with me somewhere, to conserve battery and ensure it doesn't wake itself up while in my backpack.
     
  10. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I sleep my 17" mbp but just leave the mac pro on with the monitor off.
     
  11. safetyobc macrumors 6502

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    I have a MBP and have turned it off every time I am going to be away for more than an hour. The restart is so quick (as compared to windows) that it doesn't bother me to wait a few seconds.
     
  12. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    That is a really old myth, can't believe its still being peddled around here.

    But to be more accurate, as it anything that gets hot and cold. Components will contract and expand, just like in a car engine which evntually leads to engine failure, now apply that to a motherboard, eventually through normal use any computer will die over time.

    Sleeping or turning it off makes no difference since the machine has to cool down at some point after use anyway.

    You just got to decide which is more convienent of the two. I know I never turn off my laptop except to do upgrades.
     
  13. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yes, slower for windows.

    Does not affect performance for Mac OS X.
     
  14. trondah macrumors 6502

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    Is there a real risk to this happening on the newer Macbook's?
     
  15. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    It's possible on any computer, including the newer MacBooks, but the cause in most cases is Bluetooth devices being allowed to wake the computer. Even with Bluetooth disabled on my MBP, I always put it into hibernation as opposed to sleep when I transport it, or simply shut it down. The "Deep Sleep" widget is a convenient way to access hibernation.
     
  16. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    theres not much chance of this happening on any of them. Turn off BT and remote wake up-problem solved.
     
  17. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    Really... Slower for Windows? :rolleyes:
     
  18. trondah macrumors 6502

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    It's off by default actually.
     
  19. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    I don't have any BT devices to test this with, but I was damn sure you couldn't wake your MBP from sleep if the lid is closed. My alarm clock program requires the lid to be open because it can't stop the computer from going back to sleep with the lid down.

    The only way around this is to have an external monitor hooked up, which allows the computer to remain closed and not sleep. I'd assume that the BT may be able to wake the mac, but the mac will put itself back to sleep since its closed, so not worry about overheating
     
  20. Grayer macrumors newbie

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    So when you put the macbook on sleep, do u leave the charger connected? I used to off it and remove the charger, but I dunno if with sleep I would waste battery...
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    Of course, whenever I'm home and not traveling, my MBP is plugged in. I also put it to sleep over shutting it down.

    I prefer the start up time of sleep over powering it down and then up.
     
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