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    24/7 laptop

    I would like to replace my aging desktop and thought I might opt for a laptop.

    Yes, I know the 'green' issue...But I never turn off my computer. I have 'stuff' that must run at a little after midnight and I don't always want to be up. Yes, I do have everything set to power down after non use....

    I plan to use a wireless keyboard and mouse and my 19in screen when at home.

    So...my question is, may I leave a laptop on for 24/7 like I do my desktop? Will I run into say, heat problems?
    What else is there to consider? <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

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    I have an eMachines M5312 Notebook that is on 70%-80% of the time on a weekly basis. I have been doing this for 3-4 months now and have put a Notebook Cooler under the notebook. You can see examples from Notebook Cooler Google Search.

    I purchased mine for under $20.00 from a local Electronics Store. I do not have any HD intensive applications running continuously, but there are some monitoring programs running in the background accessing information over the internet at different times of the day.

    Although I have had no problems, I also have the notebook in a well ventilated area with no major heat source around (printer, light, etc). I also do not know what the life cycle of the notebook components will be - I presume less than a desktop.
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    I agree with Scott , just be very careful about the heat issue. I am currently using a Dell Latitude D410 and it gets quite warm. When at work I connect it up to a flat screen, keyboard and mouse and it pumps heat out when I am cranking through various applications which are processor hungry. I have to ensure that cables, coffee cups, books etc are not in front of the exit vent.

    I had a Hi-Grade laptop that I used to go <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15> with as it had one of those noisy fans that used to kick in and then step up its speed incrementally
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    I've been using my laptop more and more in the past few months while at home (to remoting into work). So far I haven't had any ill effects. But I do use one of those panels under my laptop to keep it cool. I have the one with two fans inside the panel pointing up at the underside of my laptop. It plugs into my laptops' usb port to operate the fans. With it I feel a lot better about using my laptop for longer stretches. Especially since I literally use my laptop on my lap.
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    Thanks for the reply everyone,
    I had thought of the cooler thingees and just got back from Wally Mart and was looking them over. My desk if fairly open with lots of air flow. (Although the wife says it is not at neat as she would like to see it......)

    The cooler seems to be the way to go, even if they only make you feel better about it all.....
    Thanks again for your help.
    Michael

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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    If you are keeping your laptop on mains power 'permanently' you may want to look into the question of whether you should remove the battery, or not, or take it out for a period of time and replace it for a period of time.

    For the requirements you appear to have, I would reckon that an ordinary PC would fit the bill rather better - cheaper, probably more powerful, and with fewer compromises. But of course that would depend on how often you want to use a computer when away from home!

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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    >remove the battery, or not, or take it out for a period of time and replace it for a period of time.
    John, please would you expand on this?
    I use my laptop as a desktop, turn it on at 6:00 a.m. and leave it on all day until 10:00 p.m., running off the mains.
    The second battery is now dying in that it won't take on the full charge.
    Should I have been removing the battery while plugged in, and inserting the battery only for the 5% of the time I use the laptop elsewhere?

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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    I've got an older IBM Thinkpad on my desk at work that has been on 24/7 for the past 7 months. It acts as my secondary PC as I perform most of my work on a newer Lenovo Thinkpad. The IBM unit runs many scheduled tasks, and monitors various databases. It hasn't had a problem with overheating (yet??).

    It should be noted, this unit was basically rebuilt 18 months ago under warranty (3 year onsite / next day service). It was having problems with various components on the mainboard. Not bad for almost 3 years old at the time. I'd still be using it as my primary, however the employer's policy is to replace PCs every 3 years (with the same warranty package noted above). Working in the IT Department, I am able to "hang on" to the replaced unit for a *few* months to ensure I'm not missing anything in the migration <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    I think it'll be returned in another 18 months <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    Do you remove the batteries as John suggested above? It seems like a good idea if one is going to do the 24/7. Putting them in for a refresh if and when you plan to leave home with it.
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    I've not removed the battery as suggested above. It wasn't on my mind at the time.

    You'll note I do not remove this unit from my desk. It has become a stationary notebook, and will only be moved if returned to our Operations department, or if I decide to clean my desk (unlikely <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

    I'm thinking about removing the battery now. I'll have to see if there is a requirement for it or not.
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    Re: 24/7 laptop

    Chris,

    Check with the manufacture about removing the battery while on mains. I have kept the battery in based on manufactures recommendations.

    Some of the older Compaq Notebooks would not work without the battery in.

    I admit, and should have stated in my earlier post, about once every 14 - 20 days, I just reach behind the notebook and unplug the AC cord from the notebook. Once the computer gets to less than 10% charge, I plug the AC Cord back in the notebook.

    About a week ago, I let the computer get to the point where I received a shut down notice, thus draining the battery.
    Scott

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