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#1 10 years ago

Perhaps a really stupid question, but is there any real downsides to only using hibernate mode on my laptop? Typically I don't shut down or restart more than once a week. I just like the convenience at having everything start up faster (and of course starting off where the last session ended).




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#2 10 years ago

In my opinion, it purely depends on your laptop hardware and operating system. I use hibernate every time, (In fact, my laptop says its been running for the past 1 month). Hibernate will chew through your ram quite well, and if you intend to game or use any other RAM intensive programs after resuming from hibernation then it is best to do a restart to empty your ram (Especially in Vista), if your laptop has a nice amount of ram (2gb say) then its fine to use, only it will eventually fill ram as it saves the ram, then restores it, then when you've finished it may have to save an extra 100mb of ram, so when u restore, rather then restoring with 500mb ram used, you've used say 600mb




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#3 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4201673 Hibernate will chew through your ram quite well, and if you intend to game or use any other RAM intensive programs after resuming from hibernation then it is best to do a restart to empty your ram (Especially in Vista), if your laptop has a nice amount of ram (2gb say) then its fine to use, only it will eventually fill ram as it saves the ram, then restores it, then when you've finished it may have to save an extra 100mb of ram, so when u restore, rather then restoring with 500mb ram used, you've used say 600mb

This is incorrect. Hibernate stories everything to a protected area of the hard drive and turns the computer off. When you turn it back on it goes back to the point that it was running at.

It would be pointless storing the data in the RAM as Random Access Memory is temporary storage and anything within it is lost when the power goes out.

The only downside to hibernation is that windows really needs to restart periodically. Your getting around this by doing the restart once a week, as long as you keep doing this then you shouldn't encounter any problems that aren't usual running windows. So, "no" in other words. =p




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#4 10 years ago

Freyr;4201796This is incorrect. Hibernate stories everything to a protected area of the hard drive and turns the computer off. When you turn it back on it goes back to the point that it was running at.

It would be pointless storing the data in the RAM as Random Access Memory is temporary storage and anything within it is lost when the power goes out.

The only downside to hibernation is that windows really needs to restart periodically. Your getting around this by doing the restart once a week, as long as you keep doing this then you shouldn't encounter any problems that aren't usual running windows. So, "no" in other words. =p

LOL! I know that! What I was saying though, is say if he runs an intensive program while before hibernating, such as photo editing, and he then Hibernate, and restores, his RAM will be at the same consumption as before he hibernated...Thus, a nice amount of ram is a good idea if he is going to use it constantly like me, and if he intends to use demanding programs before or after resuming, because, typically, most programs don't empty their last 10% or more to well




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#5 10 years ago

I understand what you mean Pilla, but in reality that doesn't have much to do with hibernation. After the memory is 'restored' it acts just like normal. If you close a program, it frees up the resources it was using just like normal.




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#6 10 years ago

Yeah, I know how it and RAM works, but very little programs can completly remove themselfs from RAM, they almost always leave a certain amount of instructions in RAM




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#7 10 years ago

Yeah, but it's very rare for a program to leave so much behind that it's actually going to cause a problem.




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#8 10 years ago

Yeah, BUT like I said before, if he is to use it constantly like I do, the RAM gets full of 'crap' so slows down quite substantially, and in the case of vista...Its self explanatory




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#9 10 years ago

Mmmm, yeah but as long as it's shut down occasionally it should be ok. I used to use hibernate in conjunction with Photoshop and CAD programs, so I am aware of how it can build up over time; but if you leave it long enough to actually be a problem then you're just too lazy to turn the damn thing off (that's a general comment, not aimed at you).




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#10 10 years ago

Yeah, If he restarts once weekly atleast, then he'll be fine, but if he's use's it extensivly like I do, where my laptop hasn't been restarted for a month, (even 1 week without a restart) he'll start to suffer

lol, at your comment, Its k if it was aimed at me...Trust me, If I could restart this laptop I would....But, I can't... a few reasons... A) Vista BSODS after a restart and never recovers without a format B) Half the time I restart my screen won't turn on due to.... C) A broken Nvidia Motherboard (610M)

The past 4 times I've restarted, each has ended in a format, stuipd vista and its incompatability crap, My motherboard got fryed by my CPU (AMD Turion X2) and so got replaced by a new one of the same model, which when it was replaced by warrenty, they damaged the screen connection pins because now it will randomly never turn on after restarts....Hibernate's are fine, restarts and shutdowns just dont work lol.... So as a result, my ram is at 1GB usage (In Page file, as my graphics card shares 200MB of my 1GB), if I restart...I get to look forward to a format! And thats why I'll never stop listeing to my gut again, and buy a laptop....Last time I ignored my gut instinct (Laptops are crap) it proved me right and wasted 600-700AUD.

But thats beside, the point...restart often enough and you'll be fine, not restart often enough and you'll notice aslow down after around a week of ram intensive apps




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