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Old 07-28-2005, 09:18 PM
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I'm looking for advice on how best to setup a Drew laptop at home for 2 Drew users. This is an Armada E500 running xp. We keep it continually on and connected to the internet - is it going to overheat or anything? Power options turns off monitor and HD. I'd rather not have it stand by or hibernate (what is the difference?) since it takes time a long time to come back on. Thanks!
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Old 07-28-2005, 11:11 PM
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You can set up local accounts that people can sign into to get on the machine. Standby puts the computer into a state of energy conservation, everything draws less power. But all your programs and documents are still open on the computer, your sessions can be resumed faster than w/ hibernate. hibernate saves everything that was open on the computer into a file and then turns off the computer. When you resume from hibernation it checks the file and opens everything that was open when you began hibernation, all the settings are saved. However it takes longer to resume because you need to turn the computer on.
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:09 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Any reason why I can't just leave the laptop on all the time? Will it keep itself cool (HD and monitor shut off after ~20 min).
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Old 08-02-2005, 02:17 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Any reason why I can't just leave the laptop on all the time? Will it keep itself cool (HD and monitor shut off after ~20 min).

Well the machine was never designed for that amount of operation. They design them with a user putting them in standby/hibernate when not in use. I don't know how much stress that using it 24/7 will do to it and whether you would have a problem with it, but it will stress it more than the designers intended.

Since the computer will be on and running the CPU, the memory, network card will all be running generating heat, which means the fans will be running. So there is a lot that's going on inside the machine. The fan is a moving part and if it is running constantly, it can fail prematurely causing the machine to overheat.

Obviously this is not certainty that the computer will fail earlier than if it was used in a more traditional manner. But increases the chances that it will.

I hope this answers your question.
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Old 08-02-2005, 05:30 PM
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but the IBMs were designed for that....right?
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:43 PM
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... but this is a 4 year old Compaq not an IBM

Thanks Rian, that is what I figured, and what I'd like to avoid. Problem is that both standby and hibernate lock the computer so the previous user has to use their password to unlock, and both take a fair bit of time for it to come back on. Not idea for regular use by potentially 2 users with their own passwords. Is there a setting I need to change?

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Old 08-02-2005, 10:22 PM
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... but this is a 4 year old Compaq not an IBM

Thanks Rian, that is what I figured, and what I'd like to avoid. Problem is that both standby and hibernate lock the computer so the previous user has to use their password to unlock, and both take a fair bit of time for it to come back on. Not idea for regular use by potentially 2 users with their own passwords. Is there a setting I need to change?

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Russ might (and probably will) correct me on this, but to setup a local use for XP pro, go to Control Panel--> user accounts. That will bring up a window w/ 2 tabs (Users & Advanced). Click on advanced and there is a section that says advanced user management, within this area is a button which says advanced.Clicking on this button will open a new window(Local Users and Groups). There will be two icons (Users and Groups). Click on Users and it will display the users on the right pane. Go to "action" which is on the above toolbar. Click on New User and it will open a new box where you will fill in info for the users. Enter the desired username and the password (minimun length is 8 characters I think) and uncheck User mustchange password at next login, click create. Now you will see the new user you created in the right pane. Right click on the new user in the right pane and click on properties. In the properties window, there is a tab that says member of. Click on that tab and you will see that the new username is a member of....users! Go to the bottom and click on add and you will see a big white dialogue box at the bottom, type in "Administrators". Now you should see that the new user is a member of Administrators. Click ok to close out the menus and you should now be able to login locally as an administrator.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:41 PM
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Next time, Gadget! Next time!

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edit2: this turned "colon o" into a smiley...another grar.
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:56 PM
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Next time, Gadget! Next time!

http://images.google.com/images?q=tb...law_madcat.jpg

edit: ok, that image totally showed up when I put it in...grar.
edit2: this turned "colon o" into a smiley...another grar.


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