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Can you leave your laptop on indefinitely?

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  1. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    I have been trying to find the answer to this and have received no definite answer. Is it okay to leave on your laptop overnight and running throughout the week like you would your PC? Or should it be shut down nightly? Obviously it is more compact than your PC so maybe there is more potential for it to become overheated?
     
  2. Georgebg

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    I've done it quite a few times when downloading Huge torrents from other countries's trackers or when I was botting in WOW.
    You just need to buy a good cooling ventilator set that connects to your USB port ;)
    They usualy go for 10 to 30$ and they decrease the temperature (if you got good airflow in the computer itself) by atleast 5-6 degrees.
    So short answer - Yea
     
  3. Quo_Vadiz

    Quo_Vadiz Regular Member

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    I got an old laptop 2.4 ghz 512 ram
    and i never turn it off , i use it for some BH stuff
    Works like a lil vps for me :)
     
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    i was always told the best practice was to leave it on
     
  5. Georgebg

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    Thats true with ALL electricity devices. Even lamps.
    Becouse each time when you turn something on a big load of electricity goes into it usualy 10x of the electricity it usualy requires to work so it starts it.
    Thats why its recommended not to turn of and on electricity devices all the time.
     
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    Ive left mine on for over a week downloading stuff and never had a problem, but instead of leaving it laying flat on a table, I tilt it slightly so that cool air is sucked in, rather than just having a few milimetres inbetween the fan and the table.
     
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    Mine is running non-stop since 07. So far so good. Knocking on wood here...
    Well,apart from blowing dust from it nothing really wears out.
     
  8. Unknown Overlord

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    I run my boxes and laptops on continuously but I have noticed battery life on them dies extremely fast from the ones that I turn on and turn off after use and unplug after a full charge.
     
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    I kept my laptop on for quite a month at least and restart it every month. I think it's okay. Just put it in a cool, dry place.
     
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    You are correct more potential of over heating and having a problem I would not advise it if you can help it.

    If you need to leave it on make sure you have a good cooler for it.

    Laptops are meant to be used for short term on the go.

    Obviously they are not going to be as durable as a home computer.
     
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    the last time i turn off my laptop was 2 months ago.
    its on 24/7
     
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    All my posting Computers are Laptop, they work 24/7 and I only reset them on updates or for maintenance.

    Take the battery out to extend the life off it.

    Set the Microprocessor to run at max %75 and uninstall or disable any program that you don't really need it.
     
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    Depends where you leave it.
    Don't leave it on the carpet, or on a table with a tablecloth, or a bed, or anything that could block the airflow like that.
     
  14. SaraJ

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    The cheapest way to make sure your laptop stays cool is put the four corners up on like 2 liter bottle caps. It will raise it off the table.

    Then just run a fan next to while you sleep at night or aren't using it.

    With something like SpeedFan, you will notice that it reduces the internal temperature by quite a bit from just the bottle caps alone.
     
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    My laptop is 4 years old and it's running at least 12 hours a day.I keep it on my table and it's raised off the table as SaraJ said so it can cool .
     
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    remove ya laptop battery and plug the adapter and keep it running. no harm done. overheat is a problem. you can cool it off once a week or so. :p
     
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    2 years 24/7 on... no problem, monthly some nice airblow to get the shit out, also extra cooling is a bonus.
     
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    Heating is a definite problem w/ laptops because the space in the case is so limited and doesn't provide good airflow. This causes your thermal grease between the heatsink and processor to melt and then causes your processor to run hotter which will cause the system to shut off before the processor melts itself. You can get a high end A/C stand that will blow cool air to the back of the laptop and is designed like a heatsink for the bottom of the laptop.

    As long as your automation software doesn't run full processor power then you'd be fine with leaving it on and running.

    One thing to do is leave it flipped open so there is more area for the heat to escape but, set your power options to turn your monitor off after 10-15 minutes of none use.
     
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    I havn't turned mine off for over a month.
     
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    Can work non stop, but - always keep it on hard surface - possibly wooden table.
    I had Dell Inspirion and I left it on the bed for couple hours... Now Hard Drive is only think that I have after it. Motherboard and internal stuff get fuckd because of the covered bottom ventilators... My fault anyways...