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Member Since: Sep 14, 2004
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Mac Specs: Aluminum 12" 1.33ghz PowerBook G4 w/ 1280mb RAM, 80gb 5400rpm HD, 64mb vid RAM

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From what I've heard, Macs (unlike their PC counterparts) are not exactly made to be shut down regularly. Apparently Macs perform automated routine maintenance tasks during sleep times that they are unable to do while shut down. I believe if you plan to go three or more days without using your computer you should shut it down, and I usually try to restart my 12" G4 PowerBook at least once a month, but this probably isn't even necessary.

As far as letting it run on battery, what you're doing seems fine to me. I also try to do it a couple of times a month because I've heard your battery life can suffer if you only run your laptop from AC power. The tip I've heard is that as much as you can, let the battery run all the way down before recharging it, but this could be left-over advice from the era of battery memory. If your battery is lasting 2.5-3 hours after two years, you're in good shape... I've had my computer for about 2.5 years and had to replace the battery a few months back, but I think it was because I took the battery out for a few days (I thought I had one of the recalled units... turns out I was one serial number digit off) and after that it would only hold a 30 min. charge.
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