3 week vacation: turn powerbook off or leave asleep?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Alexs, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Alexs

    Alexs Guest

    I have a G4 PB hooked to a printer and dsl modem. Usually I never turn
    this set up off, just close the pb at the end of my evening leaving it
    asleep for a few hours. As we know from the stability of osx, it goes
    on for months. It is only when installing some software that requires
    rebooting that I have rebooted. OK, we know all of that. :)

    However, I am leaving on a three week vacation. Is this too long to
    leave the setup on and the pb asleep?

    Alexs, Aug 26, 2003
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  2. If nothing needs it on, I'd turn it off. Give the hard drive, and chips
    a rest (also given PBs aren't cheap, I'd consider stashing it somewhere
    safe from bad guys.)

    Also, If a power outage last for a weekend the batteries drain and the
    unit will need to be scanned for possible corruption, best to turn it off.

    Larry Anderson, Aug 26, 2003
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    Thomas Reed Guest

    My inclination would be to not only shut it down, but unplug it as
    well. Most importantly, you can't know if there will be any severe
    thunderstorms while you're gone, and if there are, you won't be there
    to unplug it. Also, sleep consumes power (even if only a small
    amount), and if you're not going to be there for three weeks, that's
    power wasted.
    Thomas Reed, Aug 26, 2003
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    Sandman Guest

    No, it's not too long. There is little difference, as far as the PB goes, in
    whether you turn it off or put it to sleep.

    However, an electrical surge caused by lightning could harm it, and even cause
    a fire, so if you're away from home for three weeks, you should unplug all your
    electrical appliances.

    Plus - it's a powerbook - bring it along! :)
    Sandman, Aug 26, 2003
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    David C. Guest

    For three weeks? Why bother leaving it on all that time? Especially
    since background stuff won't run while asleep anyway.

    Even better - bring it with you on vacation :)

    -- David
    David C., Aug 26, 2003
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    Jim Schimpf Guest

    I don't know about you but in the summer I could never have a machine
    on that long because of thunderstorms. Going away that long I would
    pull the plugs on everything including the phone wire from the DSL
    system. We usually get one good storm every 3 or 4 days so in the
    summer up time is not great.

    Jim Schimpf, Aug 27, 2003
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    stan Guest

    Why would you leave your PB on when you know you
    won't be using it for three weeks? I unplug
    my computer equipment when I am out of town.
    That way, I know a lightning strike won't hurt
    my stuff, which has happened to me before.
    The only reason I can see for not shutting down
    your PB is if you inted to access it remotely
    while you're away on vacation.
    stan, Aug 27, 2003
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    Strider Guest

    You are PROBABLY right if using OS 9 but you are almost certainly wrong
    if OS X is the operating system. My vacation was 17 days long and my
    iBook's battery was flat when I returned. It was fully charged when I
    Strider, Aug 27, 2003
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    Thomas Reed Guest

    Why on *Earth* would you leave your PowerBook on for 17 days, with
    nobody using it, and not leave it plugged in? Double the silliness,
    double the fun? That's akin to leaving a faucet dripping for 17 days
    with the sink plugged.
    Thomas Reed, Aug 28, 2003
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