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Q: Does putting my computer to sleep help extend the battery life? What else can I do to save energy and make my new computer last?
A: We've all heard stories about what's best for a computer's battery. That's why I was excited to make friends with Fred Peters, president of Huntington Beach IT Services.
In addition to teaching computing courses in Orange County, Calif., Peters happily makes house calls to revive frazzled computers and the people who rely on them.
Here are his expert tips on how to keep your new laptop running smoothly.
Sleep mode vs. shutting down
Peters notes that your work process will determine whether it's more efficient to use "Sleep" mode or simply shut down the computer. "It is never fun to have to consistently wait any amount of time if the shut downs are too frequent," he says. "'Sleep' requires more power, but it boots up faster, while 'Hibernate' uses less power,Read More »from What's best for my computer: Hibernate, sleep, or shut down?