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post #11 of 32
I use to let my computers sleep all the time when not in use, so its pretty safe. With Vista (I know everyone tells me to get 7), my computers seem to auto hibernate and start up almost instantly.

I later figured I shouldn't have a high end system wasting cycles so I started folding when not using the computer for long periods of time. In the end, that may justify the power use that your parents may complain about.
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post #12 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

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As for power savings and such...my kilowatt tells me that sleep mode uses about half of the power it does when idle. Depending on what you pay for electricity that could be a lot or not much at all.

Sould be 99% less power.
Sleep mode should use maybe 3-5w, since all it keeps powered is RAM.

My sig rig I used to put to sleep, but since I got my SSD, I just turn it off.
My Wifes computer, my netbook and the kids computers all go to sleep after 20 minutes. Very seldom do I turn them off.
Both HTPC's sleep also, and no real problems with them either (my bedroom one sometimes loses audio over HDMI when it wakes if the TV is off and I have to reboot it then).
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post #13 of 32
Just turn the thing off if you're not using it, you're not going to die waiting 40 seconds for the operating system to load up.
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post #14 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by d3viliz3d View Post

That's selfish and bad thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
Mine turns on in less than a minute, it's not like it changes my life to wait 30seconds less.
I prefer therefore to turn it off and avoid useless waste of power, even though just a little.
Hybernate works fine too.
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I think you misread his post wink.gif.

Yeah dude, misread it slightly! I be agreeing with you
    
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post #15 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by blupupher View Post

Sould be 99% less power.
Sleep mode should use maybe 3-5w, since all it keeps powered is RAM.
My sig rig I used to put to sleep, but since I got my SSD, I just turn it off.
My Wifes computer, my netbook and the kids computers all go to sleep after 20 minutes. Very seldom do I turn them off.
Both HTPC's sleep also, and no real problems with them either (my bedroom one sometimes loses audio over HDMI when it wakes if the TV is off and I have to reboot it then).

Ahh crap...I wasn't thinking straight. Move along...move along...nothing to see here. Yeah, I think I meant to say that off uses have the power of sleep mode. Like 3 watts vrs 6 watts or something like that

but I do see trouble with sleep mode and overclocking quite often.
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post #16 of 32

I leave mine running all the time, and it never hibernates. I even purged my hiberfil.sys to make more room on my SSD anyway. biggrin.gif

 

It probably costs like...what...$20/year?

post #17 of 32
sleep mode uses 3-4 watts while off but still plugged in uses 1-2 watts
post #18 of 32
Just do whatever the person paying the bill wants as you will not win a "power argument" with a person who is angry the electric bill is high.That person will lash out at everything that could possibly be adding to the bill.I had a roomate that complained about opening the refridgerator too often, what was I supposed to do to get something out of it?
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post #19 of 32
If your system is overclocked and is a high end system I would say turn it off when you are not using it. Some argue that the wear and tear of sleep is not worth the benefit. However, if it is your everyday computer that you use for school/net browsing then just put it to sleep.

I have always put my work computer to sleep and shut my gaming rig off when not using it or if I am going to be away from it for over an hour. The amount of money you save by shutting the computer down vs. letting it sleep is pennies on the dollar. And if your parents are that worried about the bill, unplug the computer when it's off because it still uses electricity when plugged into the wall.
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post #20 of 32
just setup up your power options to use hibernate and sleep. Like my girlfriends parents they leave theirs on always, and yet they complain about the power bill being so high( they have the i cant sleep without the tv on thing...very annoying and its a 46" plasma to boot lol) so I made the monitor turn off in 10 mins, sleep in 20mins, and hibernate within 45mins; since they hardly use it. Cause I dont care if i have to wait to get on my pc at least I know I will have more money which can potentially mean more pc parts tongue.gif

I do the same thing with my laptop only because I HATE cleaning out the fan cause it being on and clogging it up.
 
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