hibernates after startup


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***TominFL***

Using XP home w/SP3, 2GB RAM, Athon 2600
After startup, system goes to hibernation by itself, before I can unclick
hibernation in the display setting>screen saver tab>power>hibernate
tab>uncheck hibernate.
I tried to uncheck this in Safe Mode but it is not presented. Tried to
delete hiberfil.exe but can't find it on the C: partition. Going NUTS. Need
my desktop. Pls help.
 
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T

***TominFL***

Yes, but what exactly for?
The PC has worked with and without using hibernate in the recent past. Unit
does have ACPI but I don't see a way to stop it so that PC won't go into
hibernate.
 
J

Jose

Yes, but what exactly for?
The PC has worked with and without using hibernate in the recent past. Unit
does have ACPI but I don't see a way to stop it so that PC won't go into
hibernate.

Just check.
 
T

***TominFL***

I ASKED WHAT TO CHECK because he said check in the BIOS. Check for what?
Sorry, I'm not good a guessing and I don't understand all the techi talk.
Just tell me what to check for.
 
J

Jose

I ASKED WHAT TO CHECK because he said check in the BIOS. Check for what?
Sorry, I'm not good a guessing and I don't understand all the techi talk.
Just tell me what to check for.

I ASKED WHAT TO CHECK because he said check in the BIOS. Check for what?
Sorry, I'm not good a guessing and I don't understand all the techi talk.
Just tell me what to check for.

I don't have any idea what to check either. I was hoping for some
clarification.

One thing about hibernation - when you come out of hibernation,
Windows expects there to be a reason and if nothing "happens" it will
resume hibernation by itself in 5 minutes. People turn their machine
back on (unhibernate), walk away and come back later to find their
system shut off again and think there is a problem, but this is
normal.

Is that what you are seeing or are you trying to do something and
hibernation kicks in while you are busy?

There is no hiberfil.exe to delete. There is a hidden system file
called hiberfil.sys file in C:\ but I doubt this has anything to do
with it. If you disable and re enable hibernation from Control Panel,
that will create a new hibrefil.sys file if you want to do that to see
how it works.

The hibernation options are not available through the Safe Mode GUI,
as you noticed, but it would be good to know if you boot in Safe Mode
do you have this issue or not.

Before doing anything we should reduce the chances of malicious
software by running some scans. If you have to boot in Safe Mode with
networking to get the stuff downloaded, make it so.

Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
detection programs:

Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

These can be uninstalled later if desired.

Please report back.
 
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R

Rich Barry

Tom, in my Bios under Power Management there are entries for HDD, Doze
and Suspend which I have all disabled. But, my computer is at least six
years old so I have no idea
what you should look for except check in PM.
 
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Richard

Yes, but what exactly for?

The PC has worked with and without using hibernate in the recent past.
Unit
does have ACPI but I don't see a way to stop it so that PC won't go into
hibernate.

Hi Tom,

I did not find anything about hibernation in my BIOS. Hibernation is mainly
a software controlled thing.

What model of computer are you using? Desktop or Laptop computer?

How do you know it goes into hibernation and not simply shuts off?

How soon after startup does it go into hibernation? After desktop appears?

Some things to try:

Unplug all external devices except keyboard, mouse and monitor. Hibernation
sometimes gets messed up if you hibernate, and then plug other devices, like
USB devices in, before resuming.

Try starting in Safe Mode, then:
Click Start, click Run, type or paste next line and press Enter:
POWERCFG.EXE /HIBERNATE OFF

Also in Safe Mode, rightClick desktop, click Properties, click Screen Saver,
if there is a checkmark by "On resume, password protect", then UNcheck it.
Then, click Power. On the 1st (left) tab, in the Power Schemes dropdown,
choose "Presentation", which has "Never" for the default on all 4 items,
(only 2 of the 4 are visible in Safe Mode.) Click OK, OK. Restart computer.

(BTW: Two of the above options are found in KB920730. I found that article
by clicking Start, click Help and Support, click "Set search options",
changed default 15 results to 40, then while connected to the internet,
typed "hibernation" in the search box, and pressed Enter. The Knowledge Base
article was number 16 in the results panel, which means you would not have
seen it, if using the default 15 results.)

Still no Joy? If there is a hibernation key on your keyboard that may be
stuck, try disconnecting the keyboard and start in normal mode, and then use
the mouse to access the Power dialog.

How to troubleshoot hibernation and standby issues in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907477/

USB Device That Is Swapped During Hibernation May Not Function
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323479/

HTH. (Hope This Helps. :)
--Richard
 

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