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View Poll Results: How often do you typically reboot?
Never... only as required by updates or intallations 11 37.93%
Daily 10 34.48%
Whenever the urge takes me 1 3.45%
weekly-biweekly 2 6.90%
other 5 17.24%
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #1
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How often do you reboot your computer?

How often should you?
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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I once heard Kim Komando say she leaves hers running all the time. I find that wasteful, not in terms of electricity only, but all those motors running generating heat, and also the hard drive spinning at a jillion RPM.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:50 AM   #3
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How often should it be rebooted? I have no idea. Rebooting the computer I now have takes about 10 minutes. Its got an old gateway brain and was pieced together about 5 years ago.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:15 AM   #4
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I turn them completely off when not in use. So at work, it's daily. At home it's probably 2-3 times a day. Takes a couple minutes to restart. I'm walking away when they shut down, so I have no idea how long that part takes.

I have no idea what the correct and proper practice is.

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Old 07-26-2010, 08:18 AM   #5
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:25 AM   #6
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I used to never reboot. Lately, I've begun shutting it down at night, and it seems like it moves faster now, and takes less time to boot up when I turn it on.

It used to take 6-7 minutes to come out of it's coma.... and now it boots up in 3 or 4 minutes. I think it was overheating, being left on all the time.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:36 AM   #7
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I'm trying to figure out what "other" could mean, since the bases are pretty much covered by the other options.

Something like "I don't reboot, I just buy a new computer every day."

So, whoever answered "other" please to let us know what isn't covered by the other options. I'm curious. kthxbai.


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Old 07-26-2010, 08:39 AM   #8
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:40 AM   #9
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Ah, yes...how could I forget?
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:38 AM   #10
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My laptop got a new hard drive & extra memory, and now seems to run hot. I turn it off after every session now, figuring it's better for it & me (keeps me from being on as much as before)
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:05 AM   #11
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I put 'other' Shawnee as there was no 'I shut down whenever not in actual use' option.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:12 AM   #12
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The best choice is Hibernate, if your system can do it. It uses only tiny amounts of electricity and "boots" back to where you were in like 5 seconds.

But my system can't do it for some reason. It just reboots.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:17 AM   #13
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I have that.

I'll try that
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:30 AM   #14
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My sole remaining Windows box requires a reboot every other day or so. My Linux machines get rebooted whenever the kernel gets updated or the power goes out for more than five minutes.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:30 PM   #15
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At home - since I use it so rarely, it gets turned on and off with each use. At work - almost never. It takes forever to get things running in the morning if I shut it off. Plus, more often than not, I am leaving half finished things on there that I will need the next day.
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