to hibernate or stand-by?
every night and when I go to work, I usually shut my PC down to stand-by mode. lately, I have been using the hibernate mode, but on a couple of occasions when waking it up, it goes to a blank screen. each time I had to press the power button down to turn it off before powering it back up. this morning was the case, but rather than it go straight to the desktop screen, it rebooted.
think I'll go back to using the stand-by mode.
I'm using XP, btw.
Why not just shut it down completely? Would the resulting boot-up be prohibitively long?
It's not really healthy for the PC to start up and shut it down everyday.
I keep mine in hibernation, and while i can't prove it's because of it, my electric bill has decreased.
Check your hibernation settings. Maybe something has changed.Make sure it's in power saver mode.
I'm using W7 so I'm not sure what the difference in settings are between xp and win 7.
Basically what hibernation does is dumps everything that is in memory onto the hard drive and shuts down. So when it comes back from hibernation it copies that data back into RAM and leaves you at the same spot.
Sleep mode moves everything into power saver mode but it stays on.
I personally do not like to use hibernation. It tends to not work as advertised on XP. It does seem to work pretty well on Windows 7.
The whole problem with boot is that its the most taxing thing on the moving components in your computer such as your hard drive, power supply, and fans. Unless your hard drive is going to have an imminent failure, you do not need to leave your computer on 24/7. If your drive is beginning to have problems, don't shut down your PC and backup your data ASAP.
If you buy something called a Kill-a-Watt you could actually prove how many watts you are saving. You plug it into the wall and then plug in your computer to it. It then can track how many volts, amps, watts, kwh your computer is using in different modes. They're about $20 on amazon.
Originally Posted by gokingsgo
I'm taking solar and energy efficiency at a community college right now. The kill-a-watt is used frequently in energy efficiency applications.
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