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karl11
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Sleep vs. Shut Down Reply with quote

I have just gotten my first Apple laptop, a 12" iBook from early 2003. Sleep works really well in Linux (except when hald is running, so unfortunately I had to stop using hal). My question is rather it is better for the iBook to just leave it in a constant state of sleep or is it better to shut it down from time to time? Or does it really matter? I would love to just let it sleep all the time, but I want to get as many years from it as I possibly can. Would somebody shed some insight on this please?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My iBook is 3 years old, now. And I always just put it to sleep. No problems so far. Even when carrying it around.
For your problem with hal you might want to have a look at https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-239895.html
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In principle the transitory regimes that occur upon power on are one significant aging factor for a piece of electronics; the said piece of electronics should feel much happier when powered up continuously than when powered on and off. In all, I would argue that putting the machine to sleep is better for most of the hardware than powering it off. For what is worth, the same line of thoughts would imply that the best environment for a machine is powered on and active continuously.

Googling around I see posts from people that tend to agree with me (that sleep is better than power off) though nobody mentions the transitory regimes (which are from my and my father's experience in the field of electronics).

I have never powered off my Tibook except on system hangs and stuff or when I am not using it for a long period of time (1 week or more). In all the other cases I just close the lid and dump it in my backpack. When it sits at home, it sits powered on (and with the display suitably off according to the DPMS policies). My Tibook is working happily, but I would not be able to give you any definite answer regarding the longevity of the thing since it is only a three-year old machine.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies :) I figured it was better to let it sleep, but I wasn't quite sure. Thanks for the hal tip too :) That's a nice work around!
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