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Message 1142231 - Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 19:38:53 UTC

Will BOINC run while the computer is in "sleep" mode?

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Message 1142267 - Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 20:23:41 UTC - in response to Message 1142231.

No. Sleep mode means that everything is in a low-power no-operation mode. Nothing is happening when a computer is in sleep.


Don't confuse your computer and your monitor though. Often people think their monitor is the computer, so applying what I just said, your monitor going to sleep has no effect on your computer's functionality, so if your monitor goes to sleep, yes your computer can keep crunching.

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Message 1142339 - Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 23:27:39 UTC

I think the OP is running a quad-core iMac...in which case, "the monitor is the computer" (almost :) )

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Message 1142343 - Posted: 18 Aug 2011, 23:57:17 UTC - in response to Message 1142339.

Correcto, Qsilver! Indeed, I have a quad core ... I've gone into my prefs and set "put COMPUTER to sleep" at "never", while the MONITOR is set to sleep at three hours ... thx for the imput!

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Message 1142453 - Posted: 19 Aug 2011, 3:55:36 UTC - in response to Message 1142339.

I think the OP is running a quad-core iMac...in which case, "the monitor is the computer" (almost :) )


:) Even if it is an all-in-one unit, there is still two completely separate functions of the computer itself and it's display. All too often when helping family members or friends who are very computer illiterate, they seem to refer to the display as the "computer" and the computer is the "hard drive".

It can be confusing to those who don't know. I was merely trying to make sure that confusion wasn't happening here because I don't know the skill level of any particular poster.

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Message 1146463 - Posted: 28 Aug 2011, 21:18:30 UTC

I hadn't thought of it before but Richard could be right. Low end processors are often used to control the user interface so a monitor could very well have a processor controlling the settings and putting up monitor information on the display. Of corse, when you are not in setup mode the processor wouldn't be used but it just goes to show you how we ignore low end processors.
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