Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Apr 25, 2010
    Posts
    63
    Leave your iMAC on?
    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?

  2. #2

    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 24, 2008
    Posts
    6,004
    Specs:
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Been running for almost 6 months without a restart or a shutdown.
    死神はリンゴしか食べない。

  3. #3

    TattooedMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 19, 2009
    Location
    Waiting for a mate . . .
    Posts
    8,437
    Specs:
    21" iMac 2.9Ghz 16GB RAM - 10.11.3, iPhone6s & iPad Air 2 - iOS 9.2.1, ATV 4Th Gen tvOS, ATV3
    I only ever restart mine if i need to for Software update, which was however long ago.
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

  4. #4

    Stretch's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 13, 2007
    Location
    Central New York
    Posts
    4,773
    Specs:
    15in i7 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 500GB HD
    I always left mine on, but set the screen to sleep after 20 minutes or so.
    Blog and Photo Gallery: http://philolin.me/

    Currently running OS X 10.10

  5. #5

    bentharbour's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 23, 2011
    Location
    Columbia SC
    Posts
    301
    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.
     15" MBPr (2012): 2.3Ghz i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD  24" Apple Cinema Display  iPhone 5 16GB Black  iPad 2 16GB White

  6. #6

    Kevriano's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 02, 2006
    Location
    Crawley, England
    Posts
    4,558
    Specs:
    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    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.
    Try my custom Mac Forums Search Engine: Mac Forums Google Search

    Please use the reputation system if you consider any help given useful (it's the little ✓/✘ on the left <---)


  7. #7

    baggss's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2004
    Location
    Margaritaville
    Posts
    10,311
    Specs:
    27" 3.4 Ghz i7 iMac-13" C2D Macbook-OSX 10.10.2 -64Gb iPad 2-64 Gb iPhone 6+-ATV 2-14Tb of Storage
    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.


  8. #8

    Sawday's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 19, 2006
    Location
    York, UK
    Posts
    1,281
    Specs:
    iMac: 24" Aluminium, 2.8 GHz, 4Gb RAM. iPad2, iPad mini2, iPhone5s
    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.
    Experience teaches you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.

  9. #9


    Member Since
    Mar 17, 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    7
    Specs:
    Ipad 64gb wifi , Itouch 32gb wifi , 2011 Imac 21"
    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?

  10. #10

    Ttaylor394's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 15, 2011
    Location
    West Virginia
    Posts
    384
    Specs:
    13in rMBP 2014 Yosemite
    @Hibernia
    It will be very quite mine is great in that department.

  11. #11

    baggss's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2004
    Location
    Margaritaville
    Posts
    10,311
    Specs:
    27" 3.4 Ghz i7 iMac-13" C2D Macbook-OSX 10.10.2 -64Gb iPad 2-64 Gb iPhone 6+-ATV 2-14Tb of Storage
    Quote Originally Posted by Hibernia View Post
    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.


  12. #12


    Member Since
    May 04, 2011
    Posts
    7
    on a hot summer day, wouldn't the iMacs over heat?

  13. #13

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,822
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Widescreen View Post
    on a hot summer day, wouldn't the iMacs over heat?
    Depends what you call a "hot Summer day"...Check the "operating specs":

    iMac - Buy iMac desktop computers - Apple Store (U.S.)

    ...up to 95F.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  14. #14


    Member Since
    Oct 24, 2010
    Posts
    20
    I leave my 27" on at all times without an issue yet.

  15. #15


    Member Since
    May 04, 2011
    Posts
    7
    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
    2011 iMac 27'
    Ipad 2 / Ipad
    Iphone 4/3Gs
    Ipod nano 3rd gen < First apple product

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Is it better to leave my display on or off??
    By mindgone5150 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-22-2009, 08:53 PM
  2. Leave it on or not?
    By alexsd123 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-10-2009, 10:50 AM
  3. Do You Leave Your iMac On...???
    By mrchef1 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 11-08-2007, 12:27 AM
  4. How long can you leave the iMac on for?
    By BoA in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-14-2005, 04:32 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •