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Originally posted by dreamlandmafia
As great as Mac vs. PC....its preference really....i leave it on all night if downloding something....then restart when finished. Whatever is better to YOU...
Originally posted by RANT
I'm as guilty as anyone of doing this, but leaving a laptop on for extended periods is NOT recommended.
In fact, customer service told me I had as much as voided my warranty by playing video games on my laptop for more than a couple hours at a time.
They replaced the cooling unit three times, but wrote me off after that.
Originally posted by MetalHead
On MS Windows (especially Windows 98), when you shut the computer down, on some computers it doesn't shut-down totally - it has that message "It is not safe to turn off your computer" - this can be hell.
Your CPU is still actually running at this point (obviously), and on some computers - the CPU fan (and others) stop running also at this point; so if you leave your computer on displaying that screen (for a long time)- you can in effect fry your CPU and motherboard (happened to my parents computer a few years ago).
I think (may be wrong) for hardware, it depends on the following:
* The cooling system inside the case (e.g. fans, water cooling, etc).
* Good stable CPU.
* Stable Hard Disk Drive(s).
Some cables are much better than others, the ones to watch are IDE cables (particulary for hard-drives) - I think it's the types with the smaller (but more of) wires that are better (2 wires per pin if I remember correctly).
Originally posted by E_T
Thath's old AT design computer.
If cooling is uneffective you'll notice it in ten twenty minutes when playing games.
And if CPU isn't stable it also causes problems whole time, not just if you left your PC on for days.
And if hard drive is causing errors it also shows much before you left PC on for days.
It either works or not, it doesn't depend on for how long time you leave PC on.
Certain HDs (brands) have had bad durability problems in their models (series), like Maxtor's and IBM whose "Deatstar" serie had some models which were complete crap and would stop working in half year with high propability. (and they knew about problem but still sold that POS)
And cables doesn't have to anything with stability... this cable with double amount of thinner wires is called ATA 66 cable.
Those "excessive" (every other) wires have been connected to ground to decrease interference between "data"wires)
You need these cables if you want use faster HD transfer speeds than 33 MBps. This same cable is used in ATA100 and ATA133 "systems". (transfer speeds 100 MBps and 133 MBps)
Originally posted by EmbryonicEssence
Turning off your computer will not harm it. That is one of the biggest myths. I won't bother explaining the reasons, PCWorld will explain it for me. :-D www.pcworld.com...
Look for "Turning off your PC daily to save power shortens its life."