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Restarting time for all pc's?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mikehende, May 18, 2006.

  1. mikehende

    mikehende Kilobyte Poster

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    How would you know how long to wait before "manually" restarting "any" pc?
     
  2. hbroomhall

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    Er - do you want to explain what you are getting at here? The quotes are somewhat mystifying as well! :biggrin

    Do you mean - how long an uptime can you have? (no real answer) - or how long after shutdown do you have to wait? (IMHO 0 secs)

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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    what do you mean? are you on about if the systems crashes (nothing working at all) or programs not responding cuz it all depends? cuz the latter would depend on the type of programs and how much system resources it hogs, for e.g. Crystal Reports, when i run the bugger, it has to extract the data from our inhouse program, and then the program hangs and if you go into task manager its says not responding, but i know it is, 2 hours later, when its finished everything, i continue as normal.

    and your second pc, "any" pc, now that would vary with what spec you have, plus the software on it...

    btw: could you try to be more specific in your initial posts, if you can, as this helps alot...
     
  4. mikehende

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    Sorry for not having explained this better guys, yes, Harry, that is my question, reason being, I remember reading an article in the past about certain "older" pc's components having to get "cooled" before restarting or you risk damaging the pc, also, a Dell tech once told me to wait at least 10 seconds before manually restarting a pc so my question is, when you come across different pc's, how would you know how long to wait before you can safely manually restart?
     
  5. Boycie
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    Even though some applications won't ask you to restart the machine i find a restart always goes down well :thumbleft
     
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  6. Mr.Cheeks

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    i think that may be for the old 386/486dx machines, where the fan wasn't that good and the ventilation wasn't that good aswell, whereas nowadays, you have a fan on your cpu, gfx, hdd, and then probably have a few others to allow for free airflow, so i think anything after 486's should be 0s, but then the restart button does the job, just like Boyce mentioned...
     
  7. mikehende

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    Well yes Boyce but when you are fixing pc's and don't have the option to restart by way of software and you would then have to do it manually, what then?
     
  8. Mr.Cheeks

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    what you mean by way of software? Ctrl+Alt+Delete??? manual=restart butt on the machine
     
  9. Boycie
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    sorry mike, i don't quite understand your post...
    While you are working on a PC you should have a *dead* system. By leaving the power lead in and the mains switch off you can attach your ESD strap to the case knowing you are safe from ESD damage and there is no power anywhere.

    If you mean you get a message (couldn't find one on google, sorry) saying it is now safe to turn off your computer it is because you have an older motherboard with no soft start. This means you have to physically turn off the computer by the PSU switch.

    Hope this helps :thumbleft
     
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    Fixing mainly older pc's in the past, I have come across situations many times concerning pc's which didn't have any OS installed or like when installing a new empty hard drive, where I would have to press the Power button on the front casing of the pc [this is what I mean by "manual"], then I would wait for at least 30 seconds before pressing that button to power up the machine again, it is this waiting period between pressing the pc's power button that I am looking into, hope this makes things clearer.
     
  11. hbroomhall

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    IMHO there has never been any requirement to wait after a switch off before switching on again.

    The only exception to this has been with some obscure devices many years ago where you needed to wait a bit, as the 'reset' didn't properly reset the device, and it could hang because of this.

    But, IMHO, you are very unlikely to come across such devices these days.

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  12. The_Geek

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    Are we suppose to reboot on a regular basis?

    C:\Documents and Settings\The_Geek>uptime
    \\THEGEEK1 has been up for: 218 day(s), 14 hour(s), 28 minute(s), 54 second(s)

    Machine runs great....why reboot?
     
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    Hey TG, what gives? Only 218 days?:cry:
     
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  14. Boycie
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    Is that the command? If so, it doesn't work for me :oops:
     
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  15. hbroomhall

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    I think we have been round this loop before...

    Edit: Ah yes - here ! :biggrin

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  16. Mr.Cheeks

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    Hi mikehende,

    If shutdown hangs, wait for 30 secs to be sure and then the normal power off time is about 7 seconds. Hold the button down for that time and the PC should switch off.

    Then its up to you to go with what you need to do

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  18. Boycie
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    ah, uptime.exe thanks :thumbleft
     
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