Sleep Problems in Vista

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January 20, 2009 at 17:51:38
Specs: Windows Vista x64 SP1, Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz / 8GB Ram
I just installed Vista Home Premium x64 on a custom built PC. The only problem I have found is with the sleep function. I can put my computer to sleep and it wakes up just fine. However, frequently when waking up from sleep mode, Windows has some bizarre problem. For example, today after waking from sleep and logging in, I received a "Application not found" error when trying to open any folders or My Computer from the desktop. Additionally, all the items in the start menu had disappeared except for those which I had "pinned" to the top of the menu. After a restart, everything was back to normal. This does not always happen when waking from sleep, but 50% something equally bizarre happens.

I've searched for help, but I only get results related to Vista not wanting to go to sleep, or not coming out of sleep. Which again, is not my problem.

Any suggestions?

PS: My BIOS is configured for S3 sleep, and Vista is configured for sleep (not hybrid sleep). All Windows updates are installed and all drivers are up-to-date.

-Ryan Adams
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#1
January 20, 2009 at 22:51:31
Go to start in the search type cmd. Now at the top you should see cmd.exe right click it run as Admin. Now do a system file checker, by typing in the command prompt sfc /scannow and hit enter. This will check your system files to see if they are corrupt and if they are Vista will automaticly attempt to fix them.

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#2
January 21, 2009 at 08:36:28
All the files are OK. Additionally, since everything works OK after a reboot, I doubt it is a damaged/corrupt file problem. I'm wondering if the memory might be getting corrupt while in sleep mode. I've tested the memory with memtest + the Vista memory checker and it all checks out. But perhaps the motherboard isn't properly maintaining power to the RAM modules while in sleep?

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#3
January 21, 2009 at 21:14:13
Since everything checked out ok with sfc/ scannow. It could very well be a program on your computer causing this problem that's running in the background like a graphics card driver since your graphics card is apart of the sleep/hibernation function. You might want to dry to update your graphics card driver and see if it still happens.

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#4
January 21, 2009 at 21:39:57
I just updated the graphics drivers to the latest. Still have these random, always different glitches about half the time the computer comes out of sleep.

Update: I just installed a UPS with AVR between my computer and the wall. In the last 10 or so sleeps, I've had no problems. I don't know if the UPS fixed the issue, something else did, or if I've just been lucky and the problem is still there. I'll post back if anything happens again.

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