Can a laptop run 24*7*365 ?

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  1. esumitkumar

    esumitkumar Call me Sumit

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    Hi

    My question is can a laptop run 24* 7 * 365 dloading movies, watching them etc etc
    Will it not get overheated and burn ?

    Whats there in a desktop which keeps it performing under the same circumstances ?

    Can u suggest me a sturdy laptop which can run max time ?

    Rgds
    Sumit
     
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    yea it can...why not...Obviously you will not 'stress' machine for the whole time. There will be idle/rest periods, so it wont burn out.

    but the formula would be

    24* 7 * 365 * N

    N = number of years.

    no machine can run infinite...!
     
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    ummm... you can keep em running for long stretches but your battery life will reduce considerably, by that I mean the life of the battery itself, not how long it can power up the laptop. If you can run your laptop after removing the battery, that's the best way to go about it, by constantly keeping it connected to a power line. However if you want to avoid power cuts, you will have to charge till max capacity, then discharge till the battery drains completely and repeat. Much better to keep a comp on all the time as a download rig, your equipment will last longer.
     
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    Good point there, I think you could buy the cheapest UPS from APC and keep your lappy plugged in it. Since a laptop battery replacement will turn out to be much more costlier than a UPS battery replacement.

    Also periodically full charge and discharge the battery, since I've seen too many lappies here in which the battery barely gives 10 mins of backup within 2.5 - 2 years.

    You could try specifically for laptops which boast of durability. I remember one from ASUS but dunno which. It was meant to stay on for long periods of time even under stress. You could try a IBM Thinkpad though :p those lappies last veeery long D:

    Or pick one from the Toshiba "Satellite" series, dunno if they are good anymore or not, my dad had a satellite like 5 years back and it used to work nonstop without a problem.
     
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    IBM Thinkpad..hmmmmm...any idea about their prices ?
     
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    starts above 75k, for new models.
     
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    ^^^^^^ :eek::

    Ohhhhhh..but i see at their india website lenovo models are 33k starting.....?
    any idea about Toshiba satellite prices ?

    Also does having mini ITX cabinets is a good alternative to lappy ?

    If yes can u plz advice me on this thread

    http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=121051
     
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    I have first hand experience in running a laptop 24 * 7 * 365 * 4years, always downloading and seeing movies + playing games.

    My machine HP nx6120.

    What were the Consequences?
    - Battery went kaput after 2 years (dunno what happened, was working fine until I gave it to my friend for two months(my bad should not have given him), did not replace it though :))
    - screen got a green line after 2 and half years(replaced it had 3 years warranty:))
    - one speaker went down in 6 months(got it replaced under warranty, working fine since then)
    - DVD drive went down after 1 and half years(got it replaced under warranty :), working fine till now)
    - After 4 years it gets too hot if not placed in proper ventilation

    but my machine still works like a charm, will keep it working until the machine goes kaputttttttt...........
     
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    ^^ he he he..damn gud advice
    now my questions :

    1. did u always keep powered on the machine widout battery
    (as anorion said in above post)

    2. did u try any cooling solution ? My acer laptop shuts off itself when HD reaches temp of 70C...Has ur laptop shut off itself automatically after being heated too much ?
     
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    Read the other thread. Go for a laptop. For 15K, you won't get an exceptionally small motherboard AND a cabinet. You will get tiny Atom or Ion based mobos for around 12K (motherboard+processor+RAM), but a PSU and a Cabinet (both fit for the size) will increase the cost to roughly 18K, which is without a monitor - and you won't be able to play HD content. The resulting dekstop will still not be as portable as a laptop. A desktop makes more sense as a download rig in terms of storage, but your need to frequently travel around the country and abroad clearly dislocates the advantage. Going for a cheap netbook and a good amount of external storage seems to be a good option for your requirements, but the price will be a issue there. Some of the netbook batteries are more robust than the laptop batteries. If you are willing to follow the charge-discharge cycle, you should be OK for at least two years. Can you give more details on the usage scenario?
     
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    ^^ thanx anorion for the advice ..I think ur correct...Hows netbook in terms of overall performance..The usage for future laptop will be :

    1. 24*7 Dloading without battery
    2. Occasionally playing some games
    3. Watching movies
    4. Listening music
    5. Surfing net

    So can u suggest an appropriate one ? Laptop can also be bought..max budget 35k
     
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    No in the initial 2 years when my battery was alive:twisted: it was always attached to the laptop without any consequences, had a good battery backup of 2 - 2.5 hrs.

    Also i did not try any cooling solution, just made sure that the vent underneath didn't get blocked, so the cooling fan could properly suck in air.

    About shutting off, it does shutoff, when it gets too hot:cry:(my room mates don't give a damn about my laptop, place it on the bed blocking of the vent, also they are technically noobs, so after 4 years I don't care:razz:)
     
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    If you want a small form factor cabby heres the config (only intel atom in mini-itx) -
    AMD athlon ii x2 240 - 2.5k
    Gigabyte 740G - 2.5k/ Biostar TA785 G3 HD - 4k(integrated gfx)
    RAM - 2 GB DDR3 1333 MHz - 2.5k
    HDD - WD caviar blue 500GB - 2k
    Cabinet - Zebronics Cube - 2.5k
    PSU - FSP Saga 350W - 1.5k
    K+M - Logitech combo - 0.6k
    Total - 14.1k (Gigabyte mobo)/ 15.6k (biostar mobo)
    Monitor - Your choice
     

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