Switching off Laptop's screen

@akp100 (13294)
India
January 4, 2013 8:35am CST
Hello Friends :) I always used to turned off my laptop's screen directly. I mean without shutting down the laptop, I used to put down the laptop's screen. So that it goes to sleep mode, and on next day when I open it, system open instantly. But few days back, my friend told me to better shut down it at the end of the day. He told me that I can do like this in a day, when i need to open it again. But at the end of day better I shut down it completely, otherwise it can get problem. Well, honestly speaking I don't know if it can get any problem like that, because with my old laptop i was doing the same and it last long for 7 years. But still I listened to him and shutting down my laptop since a week. At least it is getting rest for a night, as before then this I was rarely shutting it down. What do you think about it? It is laptop's one of feature that we can put down the screen directly (sleep mode) without shutdown it. So why not to use it? Or I should do.
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19 responses
• Malaysia
5 Jan 13
Even in sleep mode, some parts of the laptop are still running so that it can instantly switch itself on again when you open the screen. The same parts also work when you're using your laptop. So in the long run, these parts may get overheated and you will have to replace them. Sleep mode is a very useful feature but I do think you should switch off your laptop if you're about to take a long sleep, unless you're running some software that you know will take hours. Even machines need some sort of rest too.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
Hello.. I am still confused on hibernate mode and sleep mode. If we close down laptop screen without shutting down the widows, in which mode laptop goes? Hibernate or sleep?! I have heard that in hibernate mode we don't face any problem, even it don't eat up battery like sleep mode.
• Malaysia
5 Jan 13
That depends on the laptop settings. After you've closed the laptop screen, you still see a light blinking then the computer is on sleep mode. If you open the screen again and you only have to press Escape or move the mouse for your computer to start running again, that also means that your computer was in sleep mode. In hibernate mode, you usually have to press the power switch and on the loading screen it will say "Resuming from hibernation" or something like that. Hibernate mode may not eat up battery but the computer will have to save every single software and its status before going into hibernation. So it might take up the free space or RAM on your computer.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
For my laptop , when I am doing that thing, I have to press the power button to on my laptop. It is not opening by any keyboard button or mouse movement. But I am not getting any message like resuming from hibernation.. What does it mean?
@abhi_bangal (3686)
• India
9 Jan 13
Even I use my laptop for a long time daily. I have to switch it off and back then back on again. I used to do it even for a short period of time initially. However, of late, I have been using the stand by mode. That turns of the PC for a short span of time and I can even keep the windows open which I need to work on when I am back again. But, I take this precaution not to keep it in the standby mode for a long time. I have never tried doing it in the way you do it with your laptop. I make it a point to shut down the laptop at night when I am done with my work. I think that is the best way to give rest to the machine. Moreover, I also shut it down completely whenever I am going to take a big break during day time. I use my laptop very carefully and see to it that I am not hurting it anyhow. The devices we use are machines after all and are likely to crash. If we take care of them better, they will give us a better service.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
9 Jan 13
Hi Abhi Don't you use hibernate mode? It is the best one. Even Microsoft site suggest to use this mode during day time. Well, after my friend's suggestion I am shutting down my laptop properly but at the end of the day when all my work is done. In day time, hibernate works great for me. It start my computer fast, with all running program on, plus it surely not eats up battery.
• India
9 Jan 13
I use the Windows XP and I don't see the "hibernate" option there Where's that by the way? I, these days, do use the "Stand by" mode. I didn't know that even Microsoft suggests using the "hibernate" mode. But whatever be the fact, I always shut down my laptop when I take longer brakes or when I finish the work for the day at night.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
9 Jan 13
Yes..It is good to give it rest at least once. About hibernate mode, even I don't remember as I switched to windows 7 since long. Just searched for it and found link.. www.ehow.com/how_2147925_hibernate-windows-xp.html (not referral link) Check if it is working or not..
@inertia4 (26784)
• United States
18 Jan 13
Well, there are two views on this. I have a Mac. I had called Apple once to inquire about leaving my computer on or shutting down. He told me you could leave it on all the time, it should not damage the unit. But some people in the forum believe that leaving it on all the time is bad. That it will burn out sooner then later. So I compromised and what I have been doing is turning it on in the morning, then shutting down at night. The one thing that was agreed upon was, especially for desktops, if it is not plugged into a power strip and there is a short it will damage the computer. Also, if there is a surge or black out and the computer is shut down due to that could also damage the unit. So I was advised that if I decided to keep my computer on all the time that I should get myself a generator in the even there us a short or black out. I was told that a good generator would kick in with in milliseconds and the computer will appear to not have been affected. So, I would shut it down at night.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
20 Jan 13
Hello Yes with the desktop computer that kind of problem can arrive.. so better not let it on all the time if we are not working for more hours. Well, that advice is correct for every device. WE can remain it on for a day, but it is advisable to switch it off at the end of the day. I mean switching it on at the next day is not that time consuming. So I am following my friends advice since then.
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@inertia4 (26784)
• United States
29 Jan 13
I think that is the best way to go. I always shut my computer down at night. And I basically leave it on during the day because I am on it most of the time.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
31 Jan 13
I am following the same thing too now.
@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
4 Jan 13
I am not a computer tech and I am not an expert when it comes to gadgets either. But giving your lappy at least hours of rest will not cost you a cent Why not give the poor thing some hours to rest
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Ha ha.. Well, surely I learned it and accept it. After my friend's suggestion I am giving proper rest to my poor thing. Now I hope it should have any complain against me except over use of it. Yes, after whole day of my work, its better shut it down at the end of the day after all work done.
@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
4 Jan 13
Exactly, don't wait for the poor thing to file any complaints against you before you give it a rest
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
he he..
• Taiwan
4 Jan 13
It is no big deal not to shut it down if you keep using it. To shut down at night has the following benefits, 1) Actually when laptop is "sleeping", the temporary files in RAM is still there. Shutdown your laptop can release it. 2) As point 1, I think you know that if RAM has no electricity, the data in it may lose. So that means your laptop is using some electricity when in sleep mode. Shut it down can stop the elec loss. 3) Some sys dump file will not be deleted before restart the laptop, if you always make it sleep, the dump files will pile up. You can keep your old habit and remember to restart your laptop sometimes. But shut it down at night is not bad I think.
@suni51 (1879)
4 Jan 13
Well explained, I accept your points especially the one related to RAM and use of electricity however low.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Even I will say the same thing.. Well Explained. All points are easily understandable and fair enough to give rest fo my laptop at least at night time. Yes my old habit wasn't giving me any more trouble, but still I guess I should go for it from now on. I will put my laptop in sleep mode in day time, but will going to shut down it properly at the end of day and work. Thanks for sharing.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
12 Jan 13
I think shutting it down at night is a good idea. Your computer needs to bounce back sometimes from all of the memory you use up surfing the net and playing games. It's okay to let the computer go to sleep mode, but in the morning you still need to restart. If you shut it down while you are sleeping the one thing you definitely protect it from is power surges that could happen if the power goes out overnight.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
12 Jan 13
Well, those power surges can affect the desktop not laptop. But yes still it is good idea to shut down the laptop at least at night when we are done with it. It will only give good results not bad one. So since a week I am also following the same thing, doing proper shut down at the end of the day when all of my work done.
@Lucass (4)
• China
6 Jan 13
En,which one of the process is one's personal habits.I usually turn off my laptop,because my laptop can use electricity when I have realax.This will undoubtedly increase the cost of my life,on the other hand,the fan of the laptop is working on the time which lead to the accumulation of dust on the fan,and it is not good for the laptop.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
6 Jan 13
Well, in that case it is always good to shut down the computer properly. Well, we can use the hibernate mode so with that it will eat least battery. But yes better shut down it properly at the end of the day when all work has ended.
5 Jan 13
Direct switched off will be impact to your laptop hard disk so better shut down the system and need to regular scanning of system
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
Yes ... it can if our laptop is going in sleep mode. But now I have changed the setting from control panel and now my laptop is going in hibernate mode when I am closing its screen directly. Which is almost like shutting down computer completely but still it can open the ongoing program when we open the window again. So it is useful. But surely shutting down the windows properly is more good and proper.
@elsino91 (443)
• Poland
5 Jan 13
If you want to save your battery more, then turning your laptop off completely for longer periods of time like when you're asleep is a good idea. Maybe this is what your friend had in mind. It is more energy efficient to turn it off for a longer period of time when you don't use it while you sleep.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
During sleep mode surely laptop eat some battery. But from this discussion I came to know about hibernate mode which is more good instead of sleep mode. It will not eat battery. By this mode windows will be almost shut down but still when we open it, it will be open with all program we left opened.
5 Jan 13
no it is not proper menu to shut down the system.by using this window is flew away at any time .but i don't know how window is flew away. by this every thing in happen in system.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
Well, Now I am shutting down the system properly every day at the end of the day when my all works done. Yes that's the proper way too.
• United States
4 Jan 13
I have always shut my laptop down at night. But, I never shut down my desktop. I always keep my desktop on.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
What do you mean?! You never shutdown your desktop computer.. how's that?! I guess you are trying to tell something different. Please clear this friend.
@farjun (135)
• Israel
4 Jan 13
your freind is wrong man.. nothing happens to a computer that stays on sleep mode... you can turn it off from time to time but you dont have to leave it off every night
@akp100 (13294)
• India
5 Jan 13
I guess it went to hibernation mode not in sleep mode. And yes it surely don't do anything wrong to the computer as I was doing the same with my old laptop which last long for 7 years. But still it is good idea to free up the memory by shutting it down at the end of the day.
@patgalca (14061)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Jan 13
I put my screen down if I am leaving the computer for awhile but always shut it down at night. When your computer is in sleep mode it is still using electricity. I have a lamp I plug into my laptop. The lamp stays on when I close my computer screen because the machine is actually still on. There is no reason to keep it on at night. If you keep programs open when you put it to sleep it is likely you will have to log out and back in again anyway. For example, if you are on Facebook and you leave it open when you put your computer to sleep, or even go to another page for an extended period of time, Facebook will be continually updating. I find that a lot of the new photos posted will not be visible so I have to close the page and then open it again. When I go to bed I not only shut down, I unplug my computer. The plug in light is on even when it is shut off. That means it is using power. It's enough that all the televisions and their attachments are on at all times, there is no reason to keep computers on.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hello No I don't used to on any function or program in the night when I go to bed. But still as per my past habit I was just shutting down the screen of my laptop without shutting down it. And yes it wasn't right thing. At least I should shut it down at night when my all work is done. And now I have started that thing and following it. I used to shut down it completely at the end of day when my all work is end.
• Cleveland, Tennessee
4 Jan 13
It always best to shut the laptop down when you're not using it. People don't realize that a computer is in fact like a living organism and needs deep sleep and rest just like we do. It will perform better if you shut it down at night when you're not using it.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hello That's true. Well, in whole day I can need my laptop anytime as I have work related to computer. so its better to keep it on instead of switching it off and on again and again. But yes it is better to shut it down completely after work and that's what I am doing now after my friend suggestion. I shut it down completely at the end of day after all my work.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
4 Jan 13
Yes, I have heard that as well. Some say laps will last longer if you do it the way your friend says to. We learn new things everyday... have a great day there.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hi Maria Ha ha.. That's for sure. This computer world is source of lots of information, so it is like we are learning new and new thing anytime. Anyway, I don't mind in learning any new thing, so no complains.
@Asylum (48090)
• Manchester, England
4 Jan 13
Leaving the laptop in hibernation is not likely to do any harm at all. I always turn mine off completely, but that is only because I may not use it again for quite a wile, whereas my desktop computer is on permanently. It may help occasionally to reboot the laptop in order to release system resources, which can sometimes remain allocated even though a program has been closed.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hi Asylum Yes, even I faced no problem since many years as I was doing the same with my old laptop too. But yes for few reasons, it is good habit to switch it off completely at least once in a day. So I guess I should go for it at the end of the day after all work. This way I can save up few battery too. But you are right, using hibernation mode is surely safe, I can say that from my personal experience.
@suni51 (1879)
4 Jan 13
I prefer to shut down my laptop even if I am away for one hour. The problem may not appear on the face but every gadget using power should get rest to keep in shape. I think if you constantly keep it in on mode the soldered parts may feel the heat.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hi Suni Hmm. I can understand it now. I guess I can't keep shutting down it and on it in day time when I need it frequently. Well, I can need it anytime in the office. But yes I can completely shut down it after work at the end of the day. And that's what exactly I am doing since a week. I don't want to reduce my laptop's life for sure. Thanks suni for sharing info related to it.
@thesids (22453)
• Bhubaneswar, India
4 Jan 13
Hi bro Are you sure you are not going to give your lappy any more of those sleeping pills? Bro, I do not have my own laptop, but I gifted one to my wife some months back. She rarely needs to switch it off as it is most of the time kept switched off But if your O/S and Laptop support the Hibernation mode, I dont think that would be bad for your laptop... maybe a little bad for the battery on it as the newer products are delicate and made to go bad sooner.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
Hi Bro That's the funny one about your wife's laptop. So why don't you use it? Well, yes OS and laptop both supports Hibernation mode, and that's why I was doing the same thing since many years. So far I never face a single problem due to it. But now as my friend suggested I do give some rest to my laptop by shutting it down completely at night. So no more sleeping pills, I forced it for sleep.
@Archie0 (4671)
4 Jan 13
I am not sure how you handle your laptop, but for me my laptop is my life because i live on it the entire day. I really fear to do anything wrong to it. I really take good care of it. I think it is important to put something at rest when it is worked a lot. So i think as you go to sleep, you also have to make your laptop give some of it.
@akp100 (13294)
• India
4 Jan 13
He he.. Yes as I go for sleep, I guess I should give it proper rest too. Well, my most of the work is related to computer. So even I take care of it with all concern. May be that's why my last laptop live long life of 7 years. I am not doing any careless thing with it. But yes, in switching off it screen , I was doing it since many years.