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Long term shut down

Message #1 - Posted 2008/09/21 - J.J. O'Shea

On Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:11:12 -0400, Hugh Browton wrote (in a previous article):

Dear All ≠

A client is going away for six months' travelling. He has two (recent) iMac computers - is there anything to be aware of for shut down and storage of these two machines for such a period?

I'm think on-board PRAM batteries and settings etc.

The batteries should be good for years.

I'm think that, for example, the ADSL router's settings won't last that length of time.

The DSL modem won't keep its DHCP lease, but will get a new one as soon as its switched back on. Not a problem.

TIA

email to oshea dot j dot j at gmail dot com.

Message #2 - Posted 2008/09/21 - J. J. Lodder

J.J. O39;Shea wrote:

On Sun, 21 Sep 2008 08:11:12 -0400, Hugh Browton wrote (in a previous article):

Dear All ?

A client is going away for six months' travelling. He has two (recent) iMac computers - is there anything to be aware of for shut down and storage of these two machines for such a period?

I'm think on-board PRAM batteries and settings etc.

The batteries should be good for years.

I'm think that, for example, the ADSL router's settings won't last that length of time.

The DSL modem won't keep its DHCP lease, but will get a new one as soon as its switched back on. Not a problem.

You can lock its IP in the router, if that is of importance, (when you want to get at it using ARD for example)

Jan

Message #3 - Posted 2008/09/21 - J. J. Lodder

Hugh Browton wrote:

Dear All ?

A client is going away for six months' travelling. He has two (recent) iMac computers - is there anything to be aware of for shut down and storage of these two machines for such a period?

Best to put them in their original boxes, if still available.

I'm think on-board PRAM batteries and settings etc.

No problem,

Jan

Message #4 - Posted 2008/09/22 - Jochem Huhmann

Hugh Browton <useneth@**.not.uk> writes:

Dear All ­

A client is going away for six months' travelling. He has two (recent) iMac computers - is there anything to be aware of for shut down and storage of these two machines for such a period?

Yeah, tell him to make a real, full backup. I've had once a machine that was never shut down and when it was shut down for a few weeks, the HD would not start up again. Once it got cold (which it knew nothing of for years) it was dead as a stone.

Jochem

"A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Message #5 - Posted 2008/09/22 - J. J. Lodder

Jochem Huhmann wrote:

Hugh Browton <useneth@**.not.uk> writes:

Dear All ?

A client is going away for six months' travelling. He has two (recent) iMac computers - is there anything to be aware of for shut down and storage of these two machines for such a period?

Yeah, tell him to make a real, full backup. I've had once a machine that was never shut down and when it was shut down for a few weeks, the HD would not start up again. Once it got cold (which it knew nothing of for years) it was dead as a stone.

A full backup should exist anyway,
and it should be stored elsewhere
in case of a long absence,

Jan

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