Shot Down Windows
Posted 29 December 2005 - 10:45 PM
Posted 30 December 2005 - 04:06 PM
With that said ...
If you are going to leave it on all the time you should consider getting a UPS to ensure that it always has good power.
Yes, there is "damage" done everytime the machine is power cycled. The power will never come up perfectly cleanly and often machines fail when powering them up. For example, a capacitor will continue to work as long as it is powered, but if it loses power it can fail. There is also the thermal shock of going from "cold" to "hot". There is also some "damage" with running the computer all the time, especially with heat issue. Add to that the cost of running the machine, which adds up over time.
Personally I would not power off a machine for a short period of time, it is best to leave it on, but if you are not going to need it for many hours then I would turn it off. If the room is warm, then it is better to turn it off.
Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:48 PM
Also there is cost factors and all the time it is on its collecting dust and becoming an ever greater fire hazard.
Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:08 PM
It does not have to be rapid cooling, it is the cycling that can cause problems. Both with heating and cooling, although the heating happens much faster.
If you are leaving and going to be gone for a while it is a good idea to turn it off.
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