Originally Posted by SlantNGo
I always put my machine in Standby or Hibernate when I put it into my bag. Once, somehow it turned on and was running--the screen, keyboard and touchpad were all burning hot and I got so scared! The CPU went up into the high 60s, and the HD was at 63 C. I dunno how that happened...
To each his own. As I said earlier I have no use for standby or hibernate. I learned a long time ago to never turn your back on a computer, notebook or otherwise. Call me paranoid but I don't trust em.
Your statement "Once, somehow it turned on and was running" nicely illustrates my point. You are very lucky you didn't destroy your machine. I always shutdown my notebook when I am not using it. I just don't see any real advantage to leaving a computer running all the time. Bragging rights, maybe?
It is very much a personal decision. I know some will say shutting down and starting up all the time causes undue wear and tear on components. I bet having a notebook come out of hibernation or stand by while stored in a backpack or notebook bag causes far more damage than turning it off when done using and turning it back on when it is needed. My machine takes 70 seconds to boot into XP and about 60 seconds to boot Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. I can live with that. What I can't afford is replacing a notebook that overheated because it "turned on" while stored in a bag. Even without being in a bag, say just sitting on desk or table with lid down can cause damage if computer comes out of hibernation or screen fails to shutdown. I have seen the results of this at work. I am a valve repair technician/supervisor in the US Nuclear Power industry and interact with our diagnostic testing "prima donas" all the time. They use Panasonic Toughbook's in the field to run their Air operated/Motor operated valve test programs and take data. I know of one guy who melted the screen and touchpad on one by leaving it turned on and running with the lid down when he went to lunch. $4000.00 down the tubes plus the cost in time for potential loss of data taken and stored on machine. We routinely bill the utility $100.00/hr for our services. Try explaining that your tech lost several hours worth of data taken on their dime because he didn't have sense to protect his equipment. I have yet to see a notebook maker recommend leaving a notebook on all the time. I know a lot of folks leave their machines on all the time, not me.