Do you always leave your computer on or turn it off each time?

@Gumball (793)
United States
June 5, 2007 6:35pm CST
I've been leaving mine on lately but if I know I'll be out for more than a few hours or if a storm's coming, I'll turn it off.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
6 Jun 07
There are two schools of thought on whether or not it is better to leave your computer on all the time or to turn it off when it is not in use. Both are correct. Leaving a computer on: The most damage usually occurs to your computer when you first power it up and a surge of electricity flows through all the circuits and to each piece of hardware. Leaving your computer on all the time, lessons the amount of potential damage that occur. Some drawbacks for leaving it on is that moving part will continue to move and will eventually wear out. Also there is the amount of power wasted by having it running all the time. Operating systems also become corrupt when they are left on indefinetly as memory (ram) doesn't free itself up correctly and important files become corrupted. Turning it off when not in use: If you turn it off when not in use, files do not become as corrupted, moving parts do not wear out as quick and RAM memory has a chance to full empty itself. Personally I'm somehwere in the middle. When I turn my computer on, it stays on for the rest of the day until I go to bed. But I will shut it off at night, or if I've leaving and won't be back or using it for many hours.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
6 Jun 07
One thing I wanted to mention, if you live in a place where there are frequent power surges or electical storms, do yourself a favor and go by an Uniteruptable Power Supply (UPC). I live in one of those areas and it is perfectly safe to leave my computer on during thunder storms. The computer is protected by the power supply and if I should lose power I have 10-45 minutes of time before I need to turn the computer off, so nothing gets lost as there is ample time to save anything that you are working on. Honestly I have one for my computer itself, and another for a my cable modem and router so my network and internet is not effected and it completely protected from any kind of surges or power outages that come along.
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@mummymo (23709)
7 Jun 07
I used to leave the pc on all the time but I can't remember the last time I used that! Now I use the laptop and am reallyh bad cos I leave it on all day long so I can get quick access whenever I get half a chance! lol I am a bad girl! lol xxx
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
I will off the computer if I will not be using it in the next 10 minutes. There is no point leaving it on all the time. I prefer to shut it down. It is to preserve the lifespan of the computer. If it is in office, it is on until I leave the office.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun 07
The only time that I will leave it on is if I leave Gissi at home because I can't take him I will leave it on for the Music for him but otherwise I will always turn it of
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@jogie_bien (1103)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
yes because its more safety for me especially when you lived it turn on then when have storm is not good.
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• United States
6 Jun 07
When I used my desktop, I left it on most of the time except for when I went to bed. I did that because it took too much time to get it going again. I would turn it off if they were calling for storms. Now that I have a laptop, I turn it off. It does not take as much time to get it going but it still takes more time than I would like it to, and we have highspeed internet service provider.
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@randy88 (685)
• Indonesia
6 Jun 07
I turn it off before I was sleeping
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@omupas (1243)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I never turn my computer off, the only thing remotely close is when it reboots itself for software updates, but even then it's still on. I do make sure to turn the monitor off whenever I'm away from the computer, but even then, my monitor goes into standby mode after 15 minutes anyway.
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@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I usually leave my desktop on all the time since it just sits there anyway, but with the laptop, I always turn it off at night since I put it away before going to bed.
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• Philippines
6 Jun 07
i turn it off always if i finish what im doing. hehe.. i have to because our electricity bill will take a large cost.
• United States
6 Jun 07
I leave mine on most of the time; I shut it down every week or so, or whenever some software update asks to restart. I turn it on stand by for nights, or when I'm not using for long periods of time. I'm not concerned about saving energy; starting and restarting the computer on a daily basis takes up as much, if not more, energy than leaving it on standby overnight.
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
5 Jun 07
I leave mine on all the time, but if I know that Im not going to be at the computer for a while I will turn off the screen. And like you if I know that a storm is coming I will turn it off compltely.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I leave mine on all night so that it can run the virus scan, then, I shut it off before I go to work to give it a rest, or in case we have a thunderstorm while I'm not here. I had a computer tech tell me that it's not good to turn it off and on all the time, but I know that if I don't turn it off for a few days, I start having troubles with it and have to reboot it anyway.
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@AmbiePam (46971)
• United States
5 Jun 07
During the day, I'll leave my computer on unless it is storming. But when I turn in for the night I close it down. Just my way of conserving a little bit of energy. : )
@pyewacket (44041)
• United States
10 Jun 07
Well I put my computer in sleep mode...I did use to shut down but was told that it's not a good idea to do that all the time
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@someonesmom (5768)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
Our 'desktop' computer gets turned on in the morning, and isn't shut-down until just before 'my' bedtime. Our computer support person suggested this, as he said, this way you can keep up with all that's going on via e-mail etc., that much quicker. He further told me that a computer 'uses very little power.' I do turn it off too however, if there's an electrical storm coming, or if we're going to be out for an extended period of time. We have a large selection of desktop themes, and enjoy the various ones, and the accompanying screen savers.