Solved When Laptop's Idle For Extended Time

VFN

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If you don't use your laptop much, if it's going to see no use for more than a day, maybe several days, should you shut it down or is it okay to just close the lid. Turns out my father won't be using his Asus Notebook much as he bought it for the sole purpose of navigating a site that once, but no longer (I had to break the news to him. :shock:), required IE. (I recommended that he use Boot Camp or a virtual program on his Macbook Pro before the site became Mac friendly but he didn't listen.)

Thanks.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
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    Dell Inspiron 546
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    Sempron LE-1300
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    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
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    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
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    VIA High Definition Audio
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richc46

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This has been an argument that has been going on for years. There is no harm to the computer if it is not used but
If you shut if down, you are sure you will not get a virus while not in use. You do not have to surf to get a virus.
You will save on elec bills and there will be no extra, although very, very small wear on the hard drive. The hard drive wear is that is prevented is cancelled by the extra wear by booting.
Personally, I leave mine on unless: I am going out or there is a thunder storm.
 

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    Dell XPS420
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    6 gig
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    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
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    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
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    Fan
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    Dell USB 4 button optical
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    Dell USB
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VFN

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So it's the same debate as desktops. Thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 546
    CPU
    Sempron LE-1300
    Memory
    2GB DDR SDRAM 800MHZ-2X1GB DIM M
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200
    Sound Card
    VIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    320GB NCQ Serial ATA (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Yes it works the same way. I have a desktop.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

townsbg

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Sleep uses battery power/electricity to keep programs (and the OS) running in memory. Personally I put my system to sleep at night and when at work as well as utilize the timeout option. If I where him and barely turning it on I would shut it down when not needed.
 

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    Windows 7 Pro x64
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    Mid 2010 iMac
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    Quad core 3.2 Ghz Intel I3
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    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Other Info
    N/A
  • Operating System
    Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise
    Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq Presario SR5350F
    CPU
    Pentium 2.0 gHZ Dual core E2160
    Memory
    2 gb
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    300 GB
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