You keep your iMac on all the time?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by silbeej, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    Now desktops are best kept on all the time, while laptops overheat and such, but how do iMacs survive? Someone i know is interested in an iMac, but how do you treat them compared to other systems, as it is an all in one? Also, any suggestions about the new iMacs and how reliable then are you be appreciated.

  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    iMac for 2 years running most of the time (BOINC too). (20" Core Duo)

    Another iMac for over 1 year running most of the time. (Folding) (24" Core 2 Duo)

    PS3 folding half the year - most the time (it's my heater)

    So far - no problems.
  3. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    Haven't turned a PC or Mac off, other than for relocation or disassembly, in at least ten years. I usually keep my machines five years, and I've had one hard drive failure and one really cheap power supply failure in that time.
  4. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    I leave mine on all the time.
    Comes out of sleep mode in 6-7 seconds.

    Only time I reboot/shutdown is for software updates.
  5. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    I don't leave mine on all the time, but I wouldn't be worried about doing so. I have done with older iMacs in the past. The only reason I don't know is because I'm out at work most of the day so I have it go to sleep after 30 mins of inactivity.

    Only time I actually shut the machine down is when I go on holiday or to restart after a software update.
  6. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    I sleep it at night and only turn it off if I go away for a few days or there is a really bad electrical storm.
  7. trule macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    This is news to me :confused:

    You can turn your Mac off without fear, nothing will break. Or you can set it to sleep, once again nothing will break.

    On the inside, an iMac is nothing more than a laptop with a desktop hard disk.
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Umm... I take it you haven't seen all the Asians that hide in them - have you?

    Just a Laptop with a desktop hard drive - lol.
  9. thesdx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2007
    My iMac is always on, except for the occasional reboot or power failure. I think it's fine to leave it on.
  10. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    My iMac is always on, but at night it sleeps, unless I'm encoding or something.
  11. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    MBP is always on... best up time was 20 days before an update took that away. However, it sleeps during the night and while I'm away. It won't be sleeping for a while during the night for a few days, as it'll be converting movies with HDV... long time, best done at night... I'll have a maximum of 16 hours to encode :eek:
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I leave my iMacs sleeping when not on. Even when on they won't "overheat". Mine get warm only during intensive gaming.
  13. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    On 24x7 here. Even when I'm not home, it's up as I use it as an SSH server so I can "surf" from work over my home connection. ;)

    Been leaving all my machines on for as long as I remember. Never an issue.
  14. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    In the past every PC I built has been left on 24/7 and on UPS backup, but since I bought my iMac I turn it off when I don't really need it on. It boots up fast enough for me to not really care about turning it off.

    But with that being said, if I need it to be left on for a week it will be left on. If I go away for a weekend I turn it off. Besides I also have my Linux server running 24/7/365 doing stuff that I used to do on my main Windows PC's back before Mac
  15. SIMMYBOY macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007
    Birmingham UK
    Stays on all the time - sleeps little but often - just like me - or so the other half tells every one !!!!
  16. boutym macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2007
    I leave everything I have on all the time, including laptops. I have a 6 year old Compaq laptop, a Dell laptop that's 3 years old and a 1 1/2 year old Dell laptop. All are left on all the time (except when I shut them down to take with me someplace) and I've had no problems with any of them.

    Not sure how my new iMac will deal with it, but I intend to leave it on all the time also. Except in poorly designed machines, the constant heat is in my opinion better than the stress caused by cycling.
  17. vwDavid macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    My 2007 iMac has been on 24x7 since mid august! No problems yet. I had a tower G4 that ran 24x7 for 8 years and will still do more!
  18. Gabriel Cazali macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2007
  19. Freis968 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2007
    Winter Park, Florida
    LOL! I worry leaving my PS3 on Folding Home, I worry I may be Burning Down Home by leaving that scorcher on...:p
  20. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Add me to the list of putting the iMac to sleep only at night when I sleep. As for shutting down I will only do so when I am going to be away from the house for more than a few days.
  21. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    I have mine on pretty much nonstop but have it set to sleep after few mins.

    Lately though safari seems to be stopping it from going to sleep though the system preference settings. It just sleeps the screen. But if i select sleep in the apple menu then it goes to sleep.
  22. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    My iMac has been left on for the past problems here.
  23. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
  24. Mark-Mac-Attack macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2007
    Mine gets turned off when not in use (when at work and at night).
  25. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    In no word of a lie - my PS3 keeps my room 10-20 degrees (F) warmer than the rest of the house. It's actually saving me a lot of $. I keep the main thermostat at 48-50F - and my room is always 60+. (where I hide most of the time anyhow)

    Tack that on with my iMac folding too - ain't that bad. My participation in Folding seems to die off around March-April. I wonder why? :D

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