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Thread: How Often Do You Have To Reboot Your Mac? (Beach Ball)

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    Default How Often Do You Have To Reboot Your Mac? (Beach Ball)
    I myself hardly ever have to. My Mac's are pretty stable. And when I do have to I use the commands below.

    To restart it
    Control-Command-Eject

    Turn Off
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    I usually don't get the beach ball and it will just freeze.. This only happens every few weeks though.

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    Erm... I've only 'had' to reboot twice in just over three years. Hehe, I love macs.

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    I'll second the 'never' vote.

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    on my imac not so much at all,
    on the MBP i would say 3 times a week. mind you its running parallels win xp,SAP inside the xp
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    Every other week or so. Though maybe it's just because my macs kinda outdated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pballa2099 View Post
    I usually don't get the beach ball and it will just freeze.. This only happens every few weeks though.
    Same here. All legit software, normal operations - sometimes it just freezes. 1-2 times per month I have to hard reboot it.
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    Once so far...in about a three month span i'd say thats pretty peachy

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    i probably restart about once every couple of weeks. typically, it's to free up hard drive space and to fix some sort of issue that may have come up. but, it's also a 2 1/2 year old powerbook G4, so i guess i can't expect too much out of it anymore... haha
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    LOL! Only need to reboot after installing programs!

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    am i weird because i turn mine off when i sleep or go to work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
    am i weird because i turn mine off when i sleep or go to work?
    Ah, I do too. I thought we were just talking about force reboots here.

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    i never have to reboot it, but i get the beach ball a lot. failcoresolo >:(

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    never for me! i reset my ram weekly though
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    "tattoojack": No your not weird.. prob smarter than the rest of us for leaving ours on... haha

    "theetoothfairy": I have a power book g4, macbook pro, and macPRO - and hardly ever have to reboot any of them. A mac genius gave me some good advice one time though. I had asked him how often should I shut down the computer (as opposed to just putting it to sleep) and he said at least once (or more) a week. And also, if your not going to be on it for 48 hrs suggested to turn it off as well.

    Lastly, something that might help (besides running disc warrior pro or repairing disc permissions under your disc utilities, etc...) is to "Boot in Safe Mode" once a month. You do this by holding down the "shift" button during bootup (the whole time). Then just restart after its finished loading/mounting... This helps clean up certain things "under the hood" and can help prevent in "freez ups" thus not having to reboot as much.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by savon View Post
    "tattoojack": No your not weird.. prob smarter than the rest of us for leaving ours on... haha

    "theetoothfairy": I have a power book g4, macbook pro, and macPRO - and hardly ever have to reboot any of them. A mac genius gave me some good advice one time though. I had asked him how often should I shut down the computer (as opposed to just putting it to sleep) and he said at least once (or more) a week. And also, if your not going to be on it for 48 hrs suggested to turn it off as well.

    Lastly, something that might help (besides running disc warrior pro or repairing disc permissions under your disc utilities, etc...) is to "Boot in Safe Mode" once a month. You do this by holding down the "shift" button during bootup (the whole time). Then just restart after its finished loading/mounting... This helps clean up certain things "under the hood" and can help prevent in "freez ups" thus not having to reboot as much.

    Hope this helps!
    Thanks for the great suggestions!

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