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For the last 2 days, if i get my latop to hibernate, it gets to the screen where it says 'Preparing to hibernate' and then it stays there, nothing happens. I had to take out the power cord, and it stayed on that screen till the battery ran out. How can I fix this?

It has been hibernating fine for several months before this.

I'm using win xp.

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How much free space is there on the drive? – Hello71 Jul 12 '10 at 16:29
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i think it may be laptop don't have enough memory to do the hybernation in windows drive....else try to disable the hybernate option and restart.....then enable again and try..........

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thanks, I think that was indeed the problem, if i close all running programs when i hibernate then it works fine now – Click Upvote Jul 12 '10 at 19:30

You might want to have a look at this Microsoft KB article entitled "How to troubleshoot hibernation and standby issues in Windows XP". I've not read much myself, but had a quick glance and it contains various suggestions that cover various possibilities - although it seems mostly aimed at problems coming out of hibernation rather than entering it, they may well be helpful anyway.


Has anything changed on your laptop recently? For example:

  • Do you have any new peripherals attached (even innocuous seeming ones, like say a mouse)?
  • Or any new software installed?
  • Potentially a recently updated device driver?

It could be something in these sort of categories is somehow obstructing the hibernation process - in which case try unplugging anything new, stop or (temporarily) uninstall any new programs, and/or try a system restore to before when the problem started.

If these activities stop the problem, you will then have to play the trial-and-error game by reconnecting devices and reinstalling software on at a time until you find out what is causing the problem.

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