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Always on laptop?

by lloydg / September 17, 2006 6:43 AM PDT

I just purchased a B130 Dell Laptop running XP Home for my wife. She is not computer saavy and I am teaching her how to use it for e-mail right now. She will be checking her mail a few times a day and ocassionally sending new mail. For her to shut it down and start it up all the time and wait for the wireless to get a connection takes what seems forever to her...no patience. So, I set the power setting to the Always On option which never goes on standby, never turns off the hard drive but does shut down the monitor after 20 minutes of non-use. Is this okay to leave on like this or will I be doing some damage? I don't care if I only get a few years out of it but I don't want to trash it in a few months if this is wrong. Some advice would be very helpful. Thank you.

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I'd put it on a cooling pad.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 6:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Always on laptop?

But we have a few machines that run 24x7. However none are Pentium 4 based so we don't have a heat issue.

Here my hibernate to when I can check stuff is under 60 seconds which is faster than a total boot. Try that?

Bob

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I agree with the Cooling Pad...but...
by jgvillan / September 17, 2006 11:47 AM PDT

If you 'have' to leave it on and running all day and night, it?s fine. I would agree that you purchase a USB cooling fan, so that the laptop wouldn't heat up over time. Also, make sure that you have adequate ventilation around the laptop so that it would still get enough air to cool down. I would also recommend purchasing a compressed air can. So that you can do some regular maintenance and blow out some of the dust that would collect into the laptop, and into its air vents. Just to keep them clean and help cool down the laptop. Other than that, I have one more recommendation: plug your laptops power cord into a surge protector. Would help protect the laptop from any power surges that your may experience and effectively fry your laptop.

I hope that these helps and good luck.

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I agree with the Cooling Pad...but...
by jgvillan / September 17, 2006 11:47 AM PDT

If you 'have' to leave it on and running all day and night, it?s fine. I would agree that you purchase a USB cooling fan, so that the laptop wouldn't heat up over time. Also, make sure that you have adequate ventilation around the laptop so that it would still get enough air to cool down. I would also recommend purchasing a compressed air can. So that you can do some regular maintenance and blow out some of the dust that would collect into the laptop, and into its air vents. Just to keep them clean and help cool down the laptop. Other than that, I have one more recommendation: plug your laptops power cord into a surge protector. Would help protect the laptop from any power surges that your may experience and effectively fry your laptop.

I hope that these helps and good luck.

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A really neat feature of laptops on 110 VAC is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 12:08 PM PDT

That all today's laptops that I encounter have power bricks that have an input voltage range from 100 to 240 VAC. While I like to see surge protection this feature of the notebook power supply design really does help to save the notebook while lightbulbs are busting around the building.

Bob

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Better safe than sorry..
by jgvillan / September 17, 2006 2:42 PM PDT

Better safe than sorry. Besides, these are just suggestions. I own an HP DV8110us, and have a 'portable' surge protector from APC.

http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=173

I feel alot better with it rather than without it. I've been in situations where I've seen laptops and desktop computers fry when power goes out, or has a surge or power.

As I said, better safe than sorry. Wouldn't be without a notebook if you have to sent it in for repairs due to blown power supply unit.

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APC? They are the chiken little of this story.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 11:40 PM PDT

We have the usual hundred laptops at the office and some go home and in the past decade none have suffered a failure you are protecting against. Which lead me to look at possible reasons why desktops would take a dive and not the laptops.

What do you think?

We don't equip the laptop kits with surge suppressors but we are in a land with 110 VAC.

Bob

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Redundant or not.....
by jgvillan / September 18, 2006 12:55 AM PDT

APC may be redundant, however, I justify it the same way one would have extended warranty on a laptop. Just alittle bit more of an insurance that nothing goes wrong with your laptop. As to why desktops and not laptops.....I have no answer for you. Not sure what you are going with this.

And what would happen if the 110 VAC should fail?

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And what would happen if the 110 VAC should fail?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2006 1:17 AM PDT
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That's the other really neat part about laptops. They are designed to cope with the 110 VAC going away. The laptop keeps working.

I imagine you could install an UPS as well to be completely redundant.

Here's where I'm going with this. At the office we have (over) a decade of laptops without a single AC line induced failure. Plenty of desktops with what could be such failures.

My reply is to offer a reason why this could be.

Bob

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so....
by jgvillan / September 18, 2006 1:50 AM PDT

So, what you are saying is that desktops do not have the 110 VAC?

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Many desktops had an 110/220 switch.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2006 2:07 AM PDT
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i thought so.....
by jgvillan / September 18, 2006 3:13 AM PDT

Yeah, I thought that it was the power supply unit. I was just trying to understand to what you were referring to with the desktop compared to the laptops. I know about the 220 VAC switch. Had to troublshoot in one of my hardware class, and the teacher tricked us all with the 220 VAC switch.

Thanks for the info.

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