shut down or just close the lid?

@savak03 (6681)
United States
January 29, 2009 5:35pm CST
I have had this lap top for almost a year now but it is the first one that I have ever had so I'm not to sure about the differences in operating a laptop or a desk top. With my laptop I can just close the lid and it goes to sleep. When I reopen the lid the page I was on is still there. With a desktop you have to close the programing and shut it down. When I shut down my desktop it clears the memory and lets everything rest so that when I turn it back on it is a fresh slate. What I need to know is when you close the lid on your laptop does it also clear the files in temporary memory or do you have to shut the programing down like you do on a desktop?
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
30 Jan 09
it goes to sleep, my computer will go to sleep if I let it go idle closing the lid doesn't shut it down.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I guess it's like the difference in taking a nap and going into a coma.
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I guess so
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 09
When using a computer whether it be a laptop or a desktop you should always make sure that you shut it down completely. This is the proper procedure. If you do this you will prevent yourself from experiencing problems at a later date. I have a desktop and I always make sure that I shut down my computer properly after every computing session. I think that if you are just closing the lid on your laptop then it probably automatically goes into standby mode or hibernation mode, it depends on how you have your power settings configured. Anyway, good luck with your laptop. Andrew
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
1 Feb 09
I think you are probably right. I am going to shut it all the way down more frequently from now on.
• United States
30 Jan 09
You have to shut it down like a desktop.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
1 Feb 09
That seems to be the general opinion of everyone. I have started shutting it down more regularly now and it seems to work some better.
@garmac (57)
• Jamaica
30 Jan 09
i have not read all the responses but thats the natural reaction too closing the lid it suspends the pc but most laptops will allow u to choose what u want it to do when u close the lid, shut down, suspend (hibernate) or even do nothing especially if ur laptop came with some sort of power management software from the manufacturer. u can check the power management tab in the control panel
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
1 Feb 09
It does have a power management soft wear program but everyone is telling me I should shut it all the way down periodically so I am going to follow their advice.
@chriswolf (360)
• China
30 Jan 09
It is best close your system thoroughly for the computer's sake. however, you just leave for a while, you can close your lid for a moment. you can go on with your work as soon as you come back.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
1 Feb 09
That is what eveyone else is saying so it must be right.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
30 Jan 09
I'm having a terrible time shutting my laptop off it just freezes up.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
30 Jan 09
That sounds like trouble. Maybe you should talk to nightfeather.
@techgurl (451)
• Greece
29 Jan 09
The only difference between a desktop and a laptop (apart from the obvious portability and look differences) is the power options (can be found in control panel, as I assume you are using Windows). For example, with the laptop you can set two different power schemes - for running on power or battery. Of course the desktop does not have the battery, and therefore this is not present. Also there is another setting in case of a laptop. When you close the lid of your laptop, it goes to sleep, which you could change not to do anything. The reason for this is because that is actually the default setting in power options. The same thing your desktop computer can do when you press the power button if you change the settings in the power options. And of course the laptop can shut down as well. Sleep mode is very different from shutting down the computer. Shut down is exactly that - the computer is in complete non working state and RAM is cleaned. Just like turning off the lights. But in sleep, the computer is still working, not fully though, and therefore the memory is not erased. So when you close the lid of your laptop, and then open it again, everything will be in the same state as it was previously.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I will start shutting it down more frequently now that I understand. Thanks for the info.
• Dallas, Texas
29 Jan 09
You have to shut it down like you do on a desktop.
@savak03 (6681)
• United States
30 Jan 09
That makes perfect sense especially in light of the information I've received in this discussion.
• United States
5 Feb 09
I mainly use my laptop for school and such, not when I'm at home. So I'll usually shut down just because I'm never sure when I'll open it next. Also, it's an old laptop and the battery sucks even though I've replaced it. I will always shut down just to make sure no extra juice is sucked from my battery while it is waiting to go into hibernation.