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Keep on or turn off my Mac-mini when not in use?


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Hi all,

I have another question regarding my Mac-mini (2010 model).

So I have mentioned in a previous thread that when I use Safari sometimes it whites out and does not respond. When I click refresh I am prompted whether or not I want to reload.

I been trying to narrow down this issue. I always keep my Mac-mini on. Is it possible that by keeping it on it will cause Safari to not respond (among other issues). Should I turn it off when I do not use it? Does it really matter?

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My opinion on keeping desktop computers on all the time is this: If your machine is attached to a good UPS and you live in an area where inclement weather is not known to occur suddenly, then leave it on all the time - in sleep mode.

(Notebook computers are a different matter because of the built in battery.)

Again, this is just my opinion. Others may differ.
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Some people run their Macs straight for 5-10 years without ever shutting them off except for the occasional software update. I shut mine down every night, I sorta feel like I'm "giving it a break" after having it on for 8+ hours every day. It's really a choice that's entirely up to you.
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Thanks guys.

But can leaving your computer on cause Safari (or other applications) to not respond?
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Again, this is just my opinion. Others may differ.
It's Apple's too! Apple recommend iMac should be left in sleep mode unless the machine is going to be left unattended for some length of time - for vacation etc.

In addition, it is a fact that continuously switching on and off electronic equipment such as computers, amplifiers, TV's etc can actually reduce the working life of the equipment. This is because, on initial power up, the mains surge places undue strain on components particularly in the PSU.
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Thanks guys.

But can leaving your computer on cause Safari (or other applications) to not respond?
No. You're looking for a software glitch, not hardware.
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