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Windows 7: Laptop won't hibernate despite showing in start menu, help please

20 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Laptop won't hibernate despite showing in start menu, help please

When I try to hibernate, the screen goes black, then immediately comes back to the log on screen; this is regardless of whether I go into hibernate via the start button, pushing the power button, or closing the lid. I have each of those methods set to hibernate.

I actually cloned my original HDD to an SSD; the original HDD was about 10GB larger than the SSD, but nowhere full. I was not experiencing any issues with the HDD. After the clone, I am not having any functionality issues besides the inability to go into hibernate mode.

What I've tried so far includes:
  • Followed all steps in the tutorial/guide for the enable/disable hibernate. here
  • Looked through my BIOS settings, reverted them to defaults.
  • Performed a disk repair.
  • Ran CCleaner.
  • Looked through all my power plan settings to ensure hibernate is enabled and no options say "never" for hibernate.
  • Increased the file of hibersys.fil to 100% per the tutorial here

The rationale for using hibernate and why this is a big deal to me is as follows. Booting take time compared to dehibernating, which is instant. Also, more importantly, I usually have at least 8 instances of word/excel/email client/PDFs/web browser open as I work on a project. I often need to power down the laptop and then continue where I left off and reopening all of those items is quite annoying. Using hibernate, I do not have to close the various documents/programs to power down. This increases my efficiency enormously. Also please note that sleeping still consumes battery power where hibernating does not consume any battery power.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2012   #2


I also rely on the modern Hibernate function which normally works well. If it doesn't then the first suspect is the Display adapter. Run Windows Updates to see if there are newer under optional - install all Important and Optional as well and keep it set to Automatic Install.

If not import the latest display driver from the PC or Device's Support Downloads webpage. If latest, try the previous one. They are saved in Device manager>Driver>update>Browse>Let me Pick.

If this fails, look in Device Manager to make sure your Network adapter Power Options allow it to suspend for sleep. These Power Options may also be available on other drivers' tabs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2012   #3


Heeza - did you find a fix/solution? I too have the problem and cannot find why it was working, but is no longer.

All indications are that hibernation is enabled (powercfg -h on creates the hiberfil.sys, -h off removes the file)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Oct 2012   #4


Does sleep work? What are your settings in Power Options under Advanced when you click on your plan?

Have you updated your Display driver? Fill in your System specs in bottom left corner of your post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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