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When power off, suspend or hibernate a laptop

When power off, suspend or hibernate a laptop

This perhaps is one of the questions we’ve all done but we have not really gotten a straight answer. Users of laptops every day we are taking our faithful working tool up and down, fulfilling their original purpose, so when you close the lid of the computer, we wonder if we should shut down, suspend or hibernate the laptop. The answer to this question depends on several factors that explain in this article, not only as a recommendation to extend the life of your laptop, but also to increase your productivity.

What does each term?

First clarify meaning or representing each of these terms to the computer, since although they are so similar, all disabled leaving the computer for use with the screen off and have major differences are obvious while for some, for others are really confusing.

  • Hibernate is a state where the laptop consumes virtually no energy, and stores its state on the hard drive, so that when the user wants to “wake up” the computer, this may take a while but I find as I had left.
  • Suspend the computer means that it enters a state of low energy, and that energy is invested in the computer store state in memory, while other parts of it are totally off and not consume energy. Its purpose is that the computer consumes very little energy and also leave everything as it had for that when “wake”, we can resume our work easily. At this state consume power, maybe after many hours this is depleted and the computer automatically enter “Hibernate”.
  • Finally, turn off the computer is as simple as its name implies. All computer components consume power stop, close all programs and the operating system itself, so that the computer will not consume virtually no power (always remembering that a laptop consumes and is a minimum amount of energy, even off) .

With these concepts in mind, we can move on to the most important part of the note, choose when to perform each of these actions.

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When performing each action?

Taking into account what it means and generally what makes each of these actions, we can now choose one of them for each different situation, because there is the issue, depending on the situation is that we must choose whether to turn off, suspend or hibernate our portable, always thinking about how quickly the need to “wake up” or how long it will be before reuse.

I know many people who leave their computer on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even as these laptops. Many claim that “the computers were to be lit.” Not expecting to discuss this idea, what I can say is that laptop battery can be very aggrieved by enecendido and have it plugged into the wall all the time, well, we all know that a reboot is always useful to close background tasks we did not know we were running.

For me it is very important to perform one of three actions discussed in this article every time I leave at the computer for a considerable amount of time, unless it has stopped executing task. The question is to know how to run, thanks to experience and study of computer experts, I present the best options:

  • If you’re away from the computer for a short time, such as one hour or less, the best we can do is put it in sleep mode because the laptop can quickly “wake” of its inactive state and can resume work exactly where you left off quickly.
  • However, if the amount of time during which you will be away from the computer is greater, or simply do not need to resume your work as quickly as possible, Hibernate is an ideal choice. Personally, the action is applied every night at bedtime, as energy savings and the next day I have not to wait a full reset and having to reopen endless accounts and applications, something that is really annoying.
  • Turn off the laptop is the recommended option when not to be used for a long period of time. However, while most prefer to put the computer into hibernation, shutdown could be the ideal choice for older models and low benefits which have difficulties when exit hibernate, so turn it off or restart it ends up being necessary. Furthermore, in the case of Windows or Linux distributions like Ubuntu popular, always need a reboot occasionally, again because of the tasks running in the background.

Save energy and give a break to the computer are the main reasons to consider when you stand on your desk chair or room and choose power off, suspend or hibernate the laptop, but as you will see, factors such as performance or even the model of computer are very important when choosing.

Also, remember that we talk about laptops, also known as Laptops in different countries, and these are used to move from one place to another and often use them depending fractionated spare moments we have on a trip, for example, and hibernate the computer that is perhaps the most advisable option for increased battery life and a slow but steady work.

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