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Default Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-06-2009, 06:46 PM

Is it better to shudown the Mini or let it sleep? Am I damaging the computer in anyway letting sleep over night as oppose to a complete shutdown?
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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-06-2009, 07:36 PM

No harm. Sleep takes a bit more power to keep the RAM operating, but that's all.

The risk is that if something goes wrong and the system cannot wake up properly, you may lose work that was in progress when the PC entered sleep.


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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-06-2009, 08:02 PM

howsabout the hibernate? if all the programs and stuff have been exited and closed, will hibernating still take up a gig of hdd space? and speaking of that, is there a way to set the hibernation to only use up a certain amt of space?
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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-07-2009, 02:23 AM

The hibernate file always takes up space, whether you use it or not. It is about equal to the size of RAM you have. If SSD space is tight for you, don't enable hibernation.

In hibernation, the system is effectively off and your session is restored from disk. Better than sleep for long periods.


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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-11-2009, 01:23 AM

Letting the computer sleep over night wont damage the computer but it will drain your battery. If you are just letting it sleep over night might as well just shut it down. A big plus I found with the mini is its quick shut down and start up times.


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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-11-2009, 01:27 AM

How long will the Mini sleep before running out of battery energy? I presume it either hibernates or shuts down when the battery gets low.


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Default Re: Shutdown vs. Sleep - 02-11-2009, 01:44 AM

There's a variety of settings controlling this. Under the power settings, there are actions to be taken on battery low or battery critical. Then there's a "hibernate after nnn minutes" setting which in normal cases will kick in before the battery gets too low.

I had been assuming the Mini was on AC power when you asked about leaving it in sleep.


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