Ok so i ahve 2 diff laptops (well one is my moms) that are used in different ways and I am trying to find out whether I should be powering off/hibernatin/stand by to best prolong the life. Another thing is i have been told it is best to let the power run down and recharge too (i.e. its not good to leave them plugged in 24/7?).
So here we go, PC 1. Its a desktop replacement. I am in nursing school currently and so my schedule is somehwat strange. For the most part this computer gets used a lot. When I am home it probably never goes more then an hour without being used and thats probably not all that often. So in between uses when I am at home I imagine standby is right if I am not keeping apps open and hibernate is right if I intend to keep apps open? Now of course I ahve to go to class and go to the hospital so there are times when I am gone for 4-8 hr stretches. Is it best to shutdown in these cases? I've just heard that complete shutdowns put a strain on your motherboard and that its best to avoid them. And finally, should I be unpluggin and letting the power run down?
PC 2, this computer is probably on no more then an hour a day, it too is also a desktop replacement. So the thing that concerns me with this one is the constant shutting down and turning back on from a complete shutdown and also that my mom keeps it plugged in constantly. So I assume I should instruct her to let the power run down maybe once a week? Should I instruct her not to shutdown every time?
I know I mentioned that both of these are desktop replacements, not sure if this could've gone unsaid or not but as such I'm generally not concerned with them ebing juiced to take out of the home. in general there will 99% of the time be an outlet to plug into.