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    Laptops

    It is recommended or even safe to leave a laptop running 24x7? I remember I had an old Toshiba laptop which overheated and broke. Are new modern laptops ok running this like?

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    Yep. Perfectly fine. The newer laptops have a proggy with the OS that allows you to fine-tune the innards of the laptop.

    I've used some of mine for 14 hours straight while I was doing paperwork or answering hundreds of emails.

    I've got a Toshiba, which I'm on at the moment, that I use often because it's very durable. Got it in late 2006, and it's on around 12 hours a day, from light work to sound, video, and graphic processing. What's your desk's material?

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    Wood, does that make a difference? lol

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    I don't know, you're happy to see me? :lol:


    But going to your question, it can.

    Wood keeps the heat, especially if it's particle board with the veneer stuff.

    If it's glass, the glass spreads the heat and the laptop is just slightly warm when you lift it up and touch the underside.

    Think of it this way. Do you know those space shuttle tiles? Well, those tiles are made of a fiberglass like material that's when heated up, you can still grab it by the corners and only the middle inside is super hot. Regular glass or if you want to get fancy, be it borosilicate glass, you won't have heat issues. Your ambient air temperature also matters, humidity, what dust is in the laptop, etc. After 2 years of solid use, my Toshiba, when I attempted to clean it a month ago, barely had any dust in it. Clean the surface your laptop is on a few times a week, and you don't have to worry about dust.

    I answered a similar question to another gentleman a few weeks ago who was surprised his laptop started heating up when he placed it on his bed, despite it having a side vent. I explained that the laptop takes in air from the bottom, which is why the back is raised a bit on rubber pegs, passed it over the CPU with heatsink, and then the exhaust fan pushes it out the side.

    A laptop can last you up to 7 years if you really take care of it.

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    I have a Acer that is on 24/7 unless i'm traveling.

    SO yes it's ok to leave it on 24/7 provided that it stays cool.

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    My Dell Studio 1535 remains ON for weeks, no hibernating no disk or anything else powered down, always ON always active.

    Though it sits on Aluminum Notebook Cooler

    Together they have faced almost 48 C, long hot and humid summers with lot of dust in the air.
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    they CANbe on 24/7 these days, but the life of your laptop will be much longer if you at least let it go into a suspend mode when you are not using it, and even better if you shut it off. But to answer your question, yes, these days, you can leave them running 24/7 and still have a computer that will last 2+ years.
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    I turn my laptop off when I'm not using it. But I suppose it wouldn't kill the laptop to be on 24x7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etherwood View Post
    It is recommended or even safe to leave a laptop running 24x7? I remember I had an old Toshiba laptop which overheated and broke. Are new modern laptops ok running this like?
    In the past, I ran my laptops 24/7 (or near 24/7) and never experienced any issues. I think you safely can, too.

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    Etherwood,

    What operating system are you running?

    If it's Windows, which version? XP, Vista or 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etherwood View Post
    It is recommended or even safe to leave a laptop running 24x7? I remember I had an old Toshiba laptop which overheated and broke. Are new modern laptops ok running this like?
    Before I upgraded to a Mac Pro, I used my Macbook Pro as a desktop most of the time, had it on all day for about a year. Never had any problems.
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    We use HP/Compaq Laptops here with docking stations, good for development on the go Other than during transit there on for upto 5-7 days at a time, We can even go as far as using a laptop as a linux development server in our early days. So yeah they are quite durable, The main problem you face is heat. an AMD wont perform as well as an Intel Laptop as AMD's are notorious for getting very hot.

    Low power laptops such as Atom Notebooks (Which i have for personal use) has been left powered on overnight on the carpet floor (Accidently obviously) but it didnt seem to hurt it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlewis23 View Post
    Before I upgraded to a Mac Pro, I used my Macbook Pro as a desktop most of the time, had it on all day for about a year. Never had any problems.
    Did your MBP ever get remotely hot? Mine is barely ever hot even if I'm using it on the couch while watching the game or if it's in my lap. Don't know if it matters, but mine is an early 2008 model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwitchFX View Post
    Did your MBP ever get remotely hot? Mine is barely ever hot even if I'm using it on the couch while watching the game or if it's in my lap. Don't know if it matters, but mine is an early 2008 model.
    I had the first Unibody one, and when I was using the 9400M (Most of the time) it would not get hot at all. I could have it on my lap or a desk all day, and it was cool to the touch on the bottom.

    Only when I turned the 9600M on did it get warm for the most part, and if I was doing something that would "use it" it would get hot on the bottom.

    The GPU heated the notebook so much more then the CPU ever did.
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    I have a Lenovo R500 and T400 (both with Win XP) that I leave on 24x7. They are my main computers, and never ever get turned off unless I close the lid and take it wherever I'm going (and then turn it on again).

    I've been doing this for years with various Lenovo/IBM laptops, and have never had a problem.
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    I have a Dell laptop. I only shut it down once or twice a week and there's no problem at all. Guess it should be ok to have it on 24/7.

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    My old laptop was a Dell that I left on for about a year once. The fan started to malfunction and it would shutdown from overheating. That was also one of those models that sucked up a lot of air from underneath and clogged up its heat-sink.

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    I haven't tried running my Acer laptop for 24 hours, but I use it about 12 hours a day and I don't have any problems with it. I think it's okay.

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    My Lenovo Z60m has been running practically 24/7 for the past 5 years. No problems. Love this computer

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    i run both my acer 57338 and samsung n110 more or less 24/7 unless i need to travel and my macbook wont suffice.

    Have had the acer for about 7 months now and runs with no bother, even better since i installed win 7
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