One second? Try about a minute for my old Asus motherboard. My Media PC which is an old HP Pavilion boots a lot quicker, so I guess what you say applies to that one. But that machine, I keep it on all the time because at night I always have movies running to help me sleep. The noise lulls me to sleep. I actually prefer it, I have terrible insomnia. I used to have to take sleeping pills and I was addicted to them, so keeping a PC on all the time is better and actually a cheaper solution, the sleeping pills I used to take were over 100 bucks for 30 of them. I did that for 20 years- Then one day a guy gave me a broken down HP box, It was dead, I revived it, made it into a Media Machine. One night, I loaded up a bunch of moovies. I fell asleep watching them and woke up 9 hours later. So I kept doing that, and I haven't taken the sleeping pills since.
That's the best reply yet, Gold Star time! You have said everything I wanted to say all on one concise statement. I went to ITT Tech for 3 years so I learned all of this well back then, I just had forgotten the exact technical language.
All of your PC components, from the Power Supply to the Monitor, the Hard Drives, the Optical Drives, the Motherboard in particular, are HEAVILY stressed during startup and shutdown ops. And you pointed out Start Count - Each time you start your PC is one less time you can start it forever.
So I prefer to not have to reboot every day - I keep the machines on forever. The longest time I have gone without a reboot on my Main PC was almost a year under Windows 7. Under Windows 8, it had stayed on for 3 months straight barring reboots for updates.
This is also a good argument to NOT allow your system to do automatic updates! Most updates force a reboot, so I always do it once a month, maybe once every 3 months, and I am very selective on which updates I will allow, I read every detail about every update and if I don't feel I need it, I hide the update. I only allow those updates which promise increased productivity for me.
This has been interrupted by my Main PC locking up every 2 days or so. But I think I got rid of the Rootkit which was causing this. I'll know by tomorrow AM if it is still locking up, right now it's been 2 Days 13 hours. I keep an Uptime Monitor on my desktop.
I have two PCs that use Cool and Quiet, it is part of the motherboard settings. It's the first thing I activate. This is why I am an AMD man, because of this feature. If I open AIDA64, it shows me the iterations in CPU speed, which goes from 1 GHz to 2.5 GHz. I have this system, overclocked 5%. This motherboard is one of the best I have bought, I've had it over 5 years. I wish I had bought more than one, and they were only 60 bucks. Thats another reason why I do AMD, processors don't cost 600 bucks. I have two Athlon 4400+'s which normally run at 2.2 GHz OC'd to 2.5. But that speed is not used all the time.
On my Laptops, I always setup the CPU to run from 5% to 80% max speed on Battery, 25% to 100% on AC power.
When it comes to Laptops, well in those cases, you have to set up your power options for the least use of resources when on Battery. It's like using my iPhone, I have to shut off all kinds of hidden processes, and now I have 380 MB free out of 512mb. But I had to do research in to what Launch Daemons I could safely shut off. OTA Updates, Wiebo Support, Chinese WLAN, shut them all off and now get almost 3 whole days between recharge cycles.
Modern computers don't need to be turned off. It's like TVs, you just suspend them. The cost of power consumption is so small that it is insignificant. They don't get wasted at all and they are not more vulnerable to attacks by night, specially because they are suspended.
New laptops come with the suspend function in the power button by default. Instead of turning it off we are just suspending them. In the Asus ones, waking from suspension takes 2 seconds, so it's fantastic and modern not needing to wait anymore for the booting.
I personally turn off the laptop and the TV by night, but just because I prefer to have everything off by night. I even turn off the router and the cell phone. Just a habit but I prefer it.
I don't shut mine down during the day; I just put it insleep mode. I do shut it down at night time just before I go to bed. One of thereasons is that because we get some thunder storms in our area and I think it'spossible to get it zapped by lightening when it is running.
Yah, the best Laptops now so far are Asus. it just boots instantly. even from a complete shutdown it boots in about 20 seconds or less. It takes less than a second to shut off which is also great.
And for what I see in the netbooks forums, I am not the only one, those problems seem to be generalized among owners of Asus laptops.
I like this one because it is very cheap, powerful enough for me, and it's the only one at this price which is slim, lighter and more beautiful (to me), but this is the worst quality laptop I've ever seen. Absent quality control.
The Cursor is neurotic due to the Asus Smart Gesture thing which is a quick-learn. Now that I know how it works, I can avoid doing gestures when I don't want to. I like the Pad, it's a huge square area and I've been able to do some pretty fine manipulation in Photoshop. Here is the one I got:
Amazon.com: ASUS A55A-AH51-RD 15.6-Inch LED Laptop ( Red ): Computers & Accessories
So far, I have not had any overheating or anything. But I'll keep these things in mind and I'll pass your observations over to the owner of it when I ship it later today.