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Just wondering if people leave their MACs on all the time and let the power save do the rest. I was reading the book that came with the unit and it mentions about leaving it on if not used for more than 24H, or something to that effect.

I usually power my Windows PC and laptops down each evening and though there is hard logic to the reasoning I wondered what others do?
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Been running for almost 6 months without a restart or a shutdown.

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I only ever restart mine if i need to for Software update, which was however long ago.

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I always left mine on, but set the screen to sleep after 20 minutes or so.

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Yeah, Mine has been on since I bought it. It is on 20 minute screen sleep and It has been restarted a couple times for various reasons.

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Just to add to this thread, which is one of about 30 on the same topic
I never switch off, unless rebooting for an update, like my friend there, or maybe if I'm going away for a week or two.

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I only restart or shut down mine for the following reasons:

1) Software updates or installs that require it.

2) I'm going to be out of town and away from the machine for more than 4 weeks.

Other than that, my screen is set to dim after 1 min of non-use and I will leave the machine at the login screen (not logged out, just locked) when I am out of the the house at work or out of town. I don't even spin down the discs as they will do that themselves.


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Another iMac user here who never switches off except when away from home for more than a cople of days and only restarts it when required for software updates.

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Heres a question for you guys then from at the moment a non imac owner but an owner of a very noisy pc.

My computer sits a few feet from my bed and if/when i pluck up the courage to buy this Mac is it quiet enough when switched on to get to sleep as theres no way my old tower or my current laptop could let me do this?
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It will be very quite mine is great in that department.

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Heres a question for you guys then from at the moment a non imac owner but an owner of a very noisy pc.

My computer sits a few feet from my bed and if/when i pluck up the courage to buy this Mac is it quiet enough when switched on to get to sleep as theres no way my old tower or my current laptop could let me do this?
Yes. Unless you are doing something that is taxing the CPUs greatly and thus spinning up the fans the thing is unbelievably quiet.


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on a hot summer day, wouldn't the iMacs over heat?
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on a hot summer day, wouldn't the iMacs over heat?
Depends what you call a "hot Summer day"...Check the "operating specs":

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I leave my 27" on at all times without an issue yet.
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I'd say hot summer day as in 100 degrees outside and running multiple programs. It tends to get SUPER hot but i'm not sure if its 95

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