Installed new mobo can't enable XP Hibernate

Gigabyte / M61pme-s2p
January 21, 2010 at 09:29:31
Specs: Windows XP Pro Sp3, AMD Serpron 140, 2gb
I installed my new Mother Board and put XP Pro sp3 on it and now when I try to enable hibernation in the power control panel it says, windows can't access the file because it is being use by another process, and I don't know what is using it. is a link to my mother board that I have installed if you need details on it.. I don't know I never encounter such a problem before and I won't to enable hibernation on my computer..

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January 21, 2010 at 12:35:28
Hibernation, reserves disk space equal to your RAM.

Standby & Hibernate Issues in Windows XP
So you've lost (or never had) Standby and/or Hibernate?
First thing: Using both BIOS-based power management and Windows-based power management rarely works. If you are using both, disable one or the other.

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January 21, 2010 at 12:59:39
I would not worry unduly about not having hibernation mode. most windows users who want maximum stability never use it, they disable it.

It's tempting to use it because start-up is much faster of course, but it's also known to cause problems unless all your software and device-drivers are compatible with it.

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January 21, 2010 at 15:08:29
The info that makes the APCI features of the mboard work properly, including Hibernate, is loaded when you load the main chipset drivers for the mboard.
Did you load them?

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

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January 22, 2010 at 04:49:16
I installed my chipset drivers and everything after installing windows but I didn't think about checking my bios, I have to take a look at it, and I know hibernation can cause problems and doesn't always work as it should but I like to use it when I don't won't to lose my work and need to turn off my computer in a hurry like during a storm or something, I really need to get one those back up power units instead probably.

Thanks for the advice I'll take a closer look at my settings then I may need to get some updated drivers or reinstall the ones I have. Best Regards.

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January 22, 2010 at 05:44:59
"but I like to use it when I don't won't to lose my work and need to turn off my computer in a hurry like during a storm or something".

Your computer is still on when using hibernate or any other power options. Best to unplug the computer after shutting it down when electrical storms approach. Or at least shut off and use a power strip with good surge protection.

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