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Straw survey: Shutdown your mini?
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Shutdown or sleep your mini?
Sleep
72%
 72%  [ 16 ]
Shutdown
27%
 27%  [ 6 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:16 pm    Post subject: Straw survey: Shutdown your mini? Reply with quote

Hi-
I use my mini 5+ hours per day, with sleep intervals when I'm not on my system. At the end of my last session I do a standard OSX shutdown sequence; leaving my power strip and mini's power brick on to ensure the the EPROM (date/time/parameters) battery stays charged. What is your experience? Do you let your mini run 24/7? Do you just let it sleep, rather than shutting it down?

You may find these references interesting:

http://homepage.mac.com/geerlingguy/mac_support/mac_help/pages/0018-sleep_or_shutdown.html
http://forums.macnn.com/65/power-mac-and-mac-pro/326400/sleep-or-shut-down/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only time I shutdown my Mini is when I go out of town. Otherwise it sleeps at night and is usually on almost all day.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pattern is the same as SOCOMRAIDER.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My two Macs are on 24 hours a day, unless I'm not going to be near them for more than a day. They sleep after 60 minutes though.

I have had machines that didn't like to sleep, like a PowerMac G4 MDD that would crash during sleep (never could trace down that problem, it had nearly every component replaced by Apple), so maybe you should add "never" to your poll.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All 3 Macs and the PeaCee are on all the time and sleep when necessary.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never down unless I need to move the computer for some reason or another... so sleep Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sleep. I haven't shutdown since Christmas. Just the occasional restart for a software update.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sleep mine. My Mac mini doesn't like to shut down, as a matter of fact, it wont. When I try to shut down my mac from doing a OnyX cleanup, or software update, it sits on the blue screen with the wheel spinning. I don't know how to fix this, and hopefully the next firmware update will be the cure. I shut down/restart my mini once a week, hence I do an OnyX cleanup once a week. That is basically my only problem with my mac, and luckily it's not a big one.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to let mine sleep, but I now let it run all the time. OS X does maintenance at night. It won't do it if the unit is asleep. The mini is also very power friendly so it's not a big deal to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I used to let mine sleep, but I now let it run all the time. OS X does maintenance at night. It won't do it if the unit is asleep. The mini is also very power friendly so it's not a big deal to me.


What about decreasing the life of your mini? If I recall, you want to sell it right?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TyPod wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
I used to let mine sleep, but I now let it run all the time. OS X does maintenance at night. It won't do it if the unit is asleep. The mini is also very power friendly so it's not a big deal to me.


What about decreasing the life of your mini? If I recall, you want to sell it right?


I don't think it's an issue. I don't work the machine hard. Drives are replaceable and it is not likely that it will die within the life of the system. My mini is in a clean, smoke free environment.

I also have two good UPS's, the one the mini is plugged into also has power conditioning. This is probably much more important than putting the computer to sleep.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I don't think it's an issue. I don't work the machine hard. Drives are replaceable and it is not likely that it will die within the life of the system. My mini is in a clean, smoke free environment.

I also have two good UPS's, the one the mini is plugged into also has power conditioning. This is probably much more important than putting the computer to sleep.


Definately. It's not likely at all your machine will die on you. It's just you stated you wanted to sell your current machine, and get enough money to upgrade and get a new machine with Leopard and iLife '07. Drives are replaceable, and since your mini has treated you well for the time you've had it, I doubt anything bad will happen now.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macuser9214 wrote:
Runs 24/7, as a server for multiple websites.


Do you use the internal 2.5" drive?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sleep mine after some period of no use and sometimes turn it off when i'm out of town.
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