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?
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.