posted on Feb, 14 2004 @ 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
computers, on the other hand, are designed to stay on indefinitely. the screen saver/sleep mode was simply an addition because some people wanted to
Simply untrue,...in the 'old' day's the phosphor's used in a crt would burn easily, leaving a burned image on the screen noticable when off, if
the image displayed was non-moving for an extended time.
Originally screen savers would go blank, and then the flying windows and toasters and such.
Current crt based monitors have lower temp phosphors coated on the inside of the shadow mask, and the screen sinks heat well.
So screen savers NOW are for grins, to hide stuff, or to protect a monitor that is on for many days, or save (a little) power.
Make sure you have no fan blockages, and open up the cabinet once a month and blow it out, as dust will fill the cpu fan up pretty quick.
The electronics, or the cpu, is the main power sink and heat generator, and heat is what kills transistors in IC's. If your fan is ineffecient or has
poor airflow, the life of the cpu could be diminished at a faster rate.
Just keep it cool, and clean and you will be fine.
Edit: and if you smoke, well dont worry bout the dust, the tar will make it like glue in a few short weeks or couple of month's. (not good)
[Edited on 14-2-2004 by smirkley]