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    Turning off Computer

    Not sure if this goes in this area or not. I have been reading about how turning your computer on and off is hard on your hardrive. I have an article that explains this. It says that instead of turning off computer every time to set it up so that you leave computer on and monitor shuts off conserving energy while saving on your hardrive by not turning it on and off so much. This makes sense to me. I went in and checked my settings and I see that it looks like mine is set up for monitor to turn off after 20 minutes. So I am wondering how this works. Does the monitor turn off after you have logged off but don't turn click the turn off computer button? Because it doesn't turn itself off before logging off. I have not tried logging off and waiting to see what happens. So then if monitor turns itself off after 20 minutes how do you turn it back on. Any thoughts on if this is a good thing or not and if so explain how it works for me. I would appreciate any help.

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    Re: Turning off Computer

    The schools of thought on this subject are MANY.
    Personally, I leave mine on if I think I will be using it again that day. At night I turn it OFF. Many will say they always leave it ON, so it seems like six of one, half dozen of another.

    If your settings are for 20 minute monitor turn off, then it should power down the monitor high voltage after NO activity being sensed. No mouse, no keyboard, etc.
    Bringing it back canl usually be done by just moving the mouse or hitting a key. Logging on or off should not have any bearing/
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    Re: Turning off Computer

    What you are saying sounds like when the computer or mouse is idle for a time and the screen saver comes one. I don't want the screen saver on I want the monitor off. My screen saver is set to go on after two minutes , whereas the settings for my monitor shutting off is set for 20 minutes. That is why I was wondering if it maybe had to do with logging off. This is what the article says that I am reading:

    As peacekeepers in this long-running feud, we offer a compromise: configure your system to shut down your monitor after 10 minutes of inactivity, leaving your PC running. You'll need to go into your OS' power managerment utility (click Star, Settings, Control panel, Power Opions in Win XP) to change these settings. Shutting off your monitor will reduce your electrical consumptionk, letting your system maintain a safe equilibrium. If you are leaving your computer for an extended period of time (a day or more) you can safely shut it down until you return.

    Actually I only turn my computer on and off once a day , although everyday, anyway. In that case maybe I just shouldn't worry about it?

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    Re: Turning off Computer

    No, this is the POWER settings I'm talking about. The reactions to both power and screensaver are about the same but are set in two different locations.

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    Actually I only turn my computer on and off once a day , although everyday, anyway. In that case maybe I just shouldn't worry about it?
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    Re: Turning off Computer

    Thanks for the info. So if I understand you, then just turn off computer at night and not worry about anything.

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    Re: Turning off Computer

    That's about it.
    Works for me. "Don't worry, be happy". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Turning off Computer

    OK, now for the opposing side of things. But first, if you're going to use the monitor power-off feature, you should turn off the screensaver. To be honest, the only reason I use the monitor power off option is that I had some trouble with the screensaver interfering with "stuff" (too long a story).

    I'm one of those Bob referred to in the other group - I leave my machine on 24/7 and only power off the monitor at 20 minutes. The reason I leave the machine on is probably the same stuff you've been reading, so I won't go into it, but I've been doing so for many years and can't think of any noticeable problems. I also re-boot the machine every morning - old habit from prior versions of Windows days (memory leaks or whatever it was called).

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    Re: Turning off Computer

    I (we), leave our machines on 7/24 except when we are both out of town. We have shared printers and shared USB drives on two machines so these need to be on when any of the machines are on. With flat LCD screen the power usage is a lot less than with the CRT types.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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