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Screen Saver or Sleep Mode?

Message #1 - Posted 2001/09/21 - RDamm

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

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Message #2 - Posted 2001/09/21 - stan

RDamm wrote:

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

I figure sleep mode is better for the monitor because that way, it does not have to be active when its not in use. With a screen saver, the monitor is still in use when it is not being used. Frankly, I think most screen savers are obsolete. The only one I use is Seti@Home now.

Message #3 - Posted 2001/09/21 - ZnU

Previously, RDamm wrote:

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

It doesn't really matter with modern hardware. Basically, the trade-off is one of faster wake up (screen saver) vs. saving a few bucks a month on the electric bill (sleeping).

Actually, with modern screens, you don't even need a screensaver. Burn-in takes *months*.

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Message #4 - Posted 2001/09/21 - Chris Moore

Previously, <stan@temple.edu> wrote:

RDamm wrote:

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

I figure sleep mode is better for the monitor because that way, it does not have to be active when its not in use. With a screen saver, the monitor is still in use when it is not being used. Frankly, I think most screen savers are obsolete. The only one I use is Seti@Home now.

I use seperate timings for the monitor and hard drive. Monitor shuts down after 15 minutes, hard drive never shuts down.

Chris

Message #5 - Posted 2001/09/23 - Charles Martin

Previously, RDamm wrote:

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

Sleep is both "better" for the computer (by allowing it to cool down a bit) and more energy-friendly.

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Message #6 - Posted 2001/09/23 - ZnU

Previously, Charles Martin wrote:

Previously, RDamm wrote:

Wondering what is better for a new iMac, having a screen saver run with the computer always on, or having the computer go into sleep mode every 30 minutes. I always have my computer on... please advise what is better for the computer. Thanks.

Sleep is both "better" for the computer (by allowing it to cool down a bit)

But thermal stress occurs as the hardware warms and cools, so this might actually be worse. Of course, as I said in my response, it isn't going to matter with modern hardware. It'll last well beyond the point where it's hopelessly out-of-date, and it if doesn't, it won't be because you left it turned on too long. I have a Mac that has been running pretty much 24/7 for around 5 years....

and more energy-friendly.

This is true. The trade-off is longer wake-up time.

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