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    Topazworm
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    Talking Shutdown Or Not Shutdown?
    As i search through these forums i notice lots of people talk about not shutting down their computer, some putting it to sleep instead, in some cases for months. Wonder if someone could explain that. Is MAC OS really that realibale it can be left on for days at a time?? my winxp comp needs a monthly reformat and if i dont shut it down within a day or 2 it cocks up.
    All these answers will decide if i really am going to buy a mac!! :rolleyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topazworm
    As i search through these forums i notice lots of people talk about not shutting down their computer, some putting it to sleep instead, in some cases for months. Wonder if someone could explain that. Is MAC OS really that realibale it can be left on for days at a time?? my winxp comp needs a monthly reformat and if i dont shut it down within a day or 2 it cocks up.
    All these answers will decide if i really am going to buy a mac!! :rolleyes:
    I have never shutdown any of the Macs I have had, I just put them to sleep. I have never had any problems with any Mac doing this. Just one more reason why Macs are truly the better machine if you ask me.
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    meanopause
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    what about a powerbook...do most of you shut down after you use??? or just put her to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanopause
    what about a powerbook...do most of you shut down after you use??? or just put her to sleep.
    Sleep is fine for the day, for overnight I'd say shutdown if you don't have power connected

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    I put my iBook to sleep, or leave it on downloading during the night

    As far as I have seen, it looks like 6 months uptime on OS X would still be stable

    I would have 21 days uptime if it wasn't for the restart for software update
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    TylerMoney
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    I try to keep mine (powerbook) on for as long a time as possible....hardly ever turn it off anymore....just sleep it...

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    I only shut my Powerbook down when a system update requires a reboot. I have been as many as 60 days up with no problems.

    OS X is just that stable. None of my Windows machines come close.

    Jerry

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    meanopause
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    sounds good

    i'll just put it to sleep now. i was getting tired of waiting for it to boot up anyways.

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    I almost never shut my Macs down. I put them to sleep.

    My current "uptime" is 12 days, 5 hours. Previous two were both well over 35 days. Each time, it was a OS update that required me to restart. (Most recently, Security Update 2004-05-03.)

    Your actual mileage may vary.

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    I have two Windows machines and they both need rebooting at least twice a week. My Powerbook on the other hand only gets rebooted or shutdown when I install system updates. Otherwise, it just runs and runs. Contrary to what witeshark said, you can leave Powerbooks in sleep mode for days, even a week, without plugging them in. Sleep mode uses extremely little power.

    The simple answer is yes, OS X is that stable.

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    sirlan
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    My iBook has been on since sometime last week. Sometimes I'll shut it down but it just doesn't seem to be a big priority now.

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    Norwood is a Mid-2010 15 inch MacBook Pro with 10.11.1.
    I shut Ian down at night because my dorm doesn't have a back-up generator, and I don't want anything to happen to it while I'm asleep.

    Also, if I don't turn Ian off, I'll be online all night. :eek:
    "Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted" - John Lennon.

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    PowerBook 12" Combo Drive/867 MHz/256 MB RAM/40 GB hard drive/Mac OS X 10.3.5/AirPort Extreme it sux
    My PowerBook doesn't like hard drives too much (it ruins every hard drive thrown into it...) so to make my hard drive last longer I shut it down at night. I used to leave it on all the time, but then my hard drive issues came up...
    I wish I could afford a new Mac...

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