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I have an SSD only, Intel HD Graphics only, Ultrabook running on Windows 8 64-bit and after I turn it back on, after a long sleep of a few hours, the screen remains black even though the power is on (the fan and keyboard backlight are on). I have to force a shut down and switch it back on to use it normally again.

Hibernation and hybrid-sleep are turned off. It comes out of sleep of less than an hour just fine. Any advise?


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Check those 2 KB articles from MS:

Windows 8 restarts to a blank screen after a standard shutdown or hibernation

Windows 8 hangs on black screen after resume from hybrid sleep

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Thank you. I had updated Windows fully, including the updates mentioned in the articles, but the screen still goes black after a long sleep. This article, , mentions losing power during sleep, but the laptop was plugged in the whole time and with a full battery. – Mark Aug 4 '13 at 1:16
does hibernation work? – magicandre1981 Aug 4 '13 at 5:43
I just tried it, and it works. I will try it again tonight and leave it on a long hibernation over night, just to make sure. – Mark Aug 4 '13 at 8:03
if hibernation works, use hibernation instead of sleep. – magicandre1981 Aug 4 '13 at 8:13
But I only have a solid state drive and hibernation is not ideal for the longevity of a solid state drive. – Mark Aug 4 '13 at 8:18

It happens because the HD's disks didn't start rotating on time. It happens after long hours of sleep.

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But I only have a solid state drive. Does a solid state drive have an equivalent problem? – Mark Aug 4 '13 at 1:25
Incorrect. Mine happens immediately after I put it to sleep. – Josh Pinter Nov 16 '14 at 16:47

It's a known Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 issue. It's related to Display Adapter & Monitor Drivers.

You have to boot your PC into safe mode to disable Display Adapter & Monitor Drivers.

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