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    Hi Everyone

    Ive got a Dell Inspiron 9400. I was just wondering the advantages and disadvantages of keeping the laptop running 24/7. anything wrong with doing this? would it be like continuously running a desktop?

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    Default Re: Keeping Laptop Always On

    you mean running without stanby/sleep?

    well... i guess thats alright.... as long as you don't push the machine 100% most of the time. the general rule is; if it don't get hot, its alright. good ventilation is the key.

    hope this is the answer you're looking for.

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    yeh i meant all the time on without standby/sleep. also will the screen be damaged if its always on.

    just wanna hear peoples opinions.

    cheers wobble987

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    The backlight has a finite lifespan, I wouldnt leave the screen on nonstop, as you would be wasting a lot of your backlights life for nothing.Why do you need it running 24/7? FAH is one of the few apps I know of where you would want to run 24/7,even then its fine with the screen turned off.
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    Default Re: Keeping Laptop Always On

    Also, I wouldn't leave your battery trickle charging while it's running all the time.

    That'll wear it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prototelis View Post
    Also, I wouldn't leave your battery trickle charging while it's running all the time.

    That'll wear it out.
    so you suggest taking the battery out when on ac power?

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    For extended periods of time yes you should remove it, under ac it will stop charging for a time, then start back, that eats up a charge cycle, and the battery only has so many charge cycles before it becomes useless.
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    Is that true when using a docking station? Should I really take the battery out each time before docking? What a pain.

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    it may be a pain but if you want to preserve the cycle life it has to be done. but i dont think it will make such a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1shal View Post
    it may be a pain but if you want to preserve the cycle life it has to be done. but i dont think it will make such a huge difference.

    The difference would be on how long you leave it plugged in, the battery will fully charge, then stop charging and begin discharging,( even if the machine is powered off or in a standby state) after say a 2% to 5% drop it will begin charging again eating up a charge/discharge cycle, most L-ions have around 500 charge/discharge cycles, running 24/7 on ac could eat up several cycles per day, greatly reducing the overall life of your battery.
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