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Standby - or Shut Down?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Arif, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. Arif

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    Hi all,

    (I have a Toshiba laptop, used as the ‘main home’ desk-based PC – but I assume this question applies to anything…)

    Does a PC have a ‘preference’ over whether you just put it into Standby – or shut it down completely – of an evening?

    Obviously it’s way more convenient just to always use Standby – but is that like not allowing it to ever ‘rest’ or ‘sleep’ – refresh various systems?

    Pro’s and con’s of either method?

    Thanks in advance, all…


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    standby- if you use S3 mode, then only power is supplied to memory, system starts up instantly, usefull if scheduling activities such as a tv recording as pc resumes form standby at give time...

    shutdown-no annoying blinking LED like in standby...only standby power supplied such as usb...
     
  3. Paul Shirley

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    In standby (S3) the PC is still using enough power to notice on the bill, if you hibernate (S1) almost everything powers down, on most machines its identical to shutting down, power to nothing or just a trickle to the keyboard & NIC (for wakeup events).

    If you don't need instant start up hibernation is a good compromise, better power saving for a neglible cost in time.

    All 3 options (S1,S3 or power down) will incur (or save) roughly the same amount of 'wear' on the PC components, most of it is caused when power is first applied. Your PC doesn't really care, doesn't need to rest though restarting Windows regularly is usually a good idea and makes shutdown a reasonable choice.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    More opinions wanted...!!
     

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