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I am trying to figure out why my computer doesn't wake up properly from sleep, which happens about 3 times out of 5 (see update below). Fans and HDDs spins up and looks to be working (according to LED), but my monitor doesn't get any signal from the GFX-card so I am forced to do the infamous norwegian (hard) reboot.

At first I thought it was a faulty HDD (old 2nd gen WD Raptor) that was causing these issues since I got spammed with warning messages about drive inaccessibility from Intel Rapid Storage Technology evertime this happened.

Since I was getting data corruption as well I decided to superannuate my faithful Raptors and replace them with brand new SSDs. At the same time I reinstalled Windows 7, to no avail. The problem persists!

List of hardware I'm running:

I am using the latest BIOS, firmwares and drivers for all the hardware, so I do not believe this to be software-related and since I now can deduct the faulty HDD from the equation I suspect it might be the PSU that has a hard time feeding the current for the GFX-card card when waking up from sleep.

So I'm all out of ideas, which is why I'm asking you SUs for help. Any thoughts?

UPDATE: I've done some extensive testing based on the current answers and it seems that this only happens when the computer has been in sleep for a longer period of time (over an hour). I've made sure there's no hybrid sleep going on (hybernation is toggled off anyways), so that can't be the case. To me everything points to the PSU not being able to provide the necessary currents at a "cold start". Could this be the case?

UPDATE 2: Bought a new PSU which seems to have resolved the problem. See my own answer below for more details.

UPDATE 3: Problem is now resolved. See accepted answer for more details.

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If the power supply couldn't start it up, it would fail to cold boot. It's more likely that the power supply is not reliable at low draws, and eventually fails to supply enough power to keep the RAM alive. – CarlF Oct 11 '11 at 12:38

Set up Remote Desktop. When the system is powered up but no video is shown, RD in and see if everything else is working. If so it's likely to be a bug in the video driver and you should report it.

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Great idea! Will do. However, I don't think its a GFX driver issue since I've had this problem through many different versions and revisions of the Catalyst driver. – Marcus Ekwall Oct 6 '11 at 14:44
It's not responding to RD, so it's not waking up properly and getting stuck somewhere in the process. So it's probably not a driver issue. – Marcus Ekwall Oct 11 '11 at 7:51
Well, at least now you know that. Have you checked the logs? – CarlF Oct 11 '11 at 12:37
Yep, but nothing that indicates a problem. Bought a new PSU, which seems to have resolved the problem. See my own answer ;) – Marcus Ekwall Oct 14 '11 at 6:55
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Bought myself a new PSU (Corsair AX750) and the problem seems to have resolved itself. Left the computer sleeping during the night and woke it up without any issues this morning. I will have to do some more testing to confirm it and will update both this answer and my question when I got the results.

Thanks a bunch to CarlF and Shinrai for their input on the matter.

UPDATE: After some extensive testing I can confirm this problem to be solved. I haven't once run into trouble waking it up from sleep. However, I occasionally get BSODs instead but this is most likely due to the SSDs and the drivers and not related to this problem.

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Huh! That's a weird problem, given that you had plenty of PSU capacity I didn't even think to suggest it. Maybe it wasn't performing up to's certainly not out of the question for it to have caused problems. – Shinrai Oct 14 '11 at 14:14
@Shinrai, it was only happening when I was cold-booting. So I guess it might be the capacitors that didn't cope with the high load at boot. There were other signs pointing to this as well, such as the leds fading in/out and the fans mysteriously changing RPM, like a voltage rollercoaster :) – Marcus Ekwall Oct 14 '11 at 14:51
Oh, geez, I never noticed your update about the cold boot thing. That and the other stuff you just mentioned has me totally on board now - VERY plausible. – Shinrai Oct 14 '11 at 15:10

Try running powercfg -energy from an elevated command prompt - it may pinpoint a problem for you.

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I did this several times, but I can't find anything of interest in the logs. It recommends me to change my settings to be more "energy efficient", but there's no info to indicate any real problem. – Marcus Ekwall Oct 11 '11 at 7:54
It shouldn't really change significantly between runs. If there's a device driver that it causing significant problems going into and out of sleep mode, it should flag that, so the fact that it didn't is significant - that, combined with the fact that you have only sporadic trouble, tells me it's probably a software service (one that's not always running, or is always running but isn't always doing the same thing) that's the culprit. I'd disable anything that runs in the background that I could and see if it clears up your issues. – Shinrai Oct 11 '11 at 15:02
FWIW, I personally don't recommend EVER sleeping a desktop PC for exactly this reason - these problems are not uncommon. – Shinrai Oct 11 '11 at 15:03
My desktop is utterly reliable returning from suspend ("sleep") but fails about 5% of the time returning from hibernation. Single data point. – CarlF Oct 13 '11 at 17:52
@Shinrai, sleeping have never been an issue for me. Sure, only takes 10 seconds to boot but I like session persistency and do not want to have my computer on at all times. – Marcus Ekwall Oct 14 '11 at 6:57

Running "powercfg -energy" for me as Shinrai proposed produces a report called in file:///C:/Windows/System32/energy-report.html

The report is a feature that allows anyone having issues to analyze the energy inefficiency, and view power configurations for the system.

If you are having issues with analyzing the report, you can view the paper titled "Using PowerCfg to Evaluate System Energy Efficiency" here

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Please explain how that answers the question. What should the OP be looking for in the report? – DavidPostill yesterday
Hi David, I have provided a little bit more details in the post above. Anyone having issues can produce this report, and use the report summary to analyze the configuration. I have posted a link to a PDF as well for easy reference. Thank you. – Joey Stallmeyer 22 hours ago
It still doesn't answer the question. – DavidPostill 22 hours ago
Hi David, the purpose of my post is to provide additional context to the original post. I believe the information above is helpful, and provides information to users in order to assist them in troubleshooting. – Joey Stallmeyer 20 hours ago

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