hibernate failure - Dell Latitude D420 laptop

Dell / D-420
August 18, 2010 at 19:20:24
Specs: XP
i just recently removed a virus. i think that the virus damaged my system in multiple ways. but right now i am trying to fix my hibernate. i went to control panel and set hibernate to my power button. when i push it, it is about to hibernate in the regular blue windows xp screen and it says,"hibernating" like usual. but 2 seconds later it just disappears and comes back to the screen before i pushed the hibernate button. please help!

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August 18, 2010 at 23:13:16
jmould, checked for a screen saver or perhaps some sort of residual nasty (worm/trojan) trying to 'call home'? Your machine 'sleeps' until aroused by something calling it back into use.
Ed in Texas.

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August 19, 2010 at 10:15:47
Intermittent power fluctuations might also "wake-up" your machine. These can be coming from the mains power supply (in which case an electrician will be needed) or could be a symptom of a faulty PC power supply (it can be tested and replaced if required).

Most likely Ed is right about the cause. Virus/malware removal often leaves traces behind that can be troublesome. It wouldn't hurt to clean up the registry to remove entries placed there by nasties.

Check also that no background programs (that use the system timer for one or more functions) are interfering with the hibernation cycle. Examples might include the use of animated graphics (flashing lights, etc) on a programs interface, or perhaps a time-out or error-correction subroutine. Too often people have programs running in the background, even when they are seldom used. I regard that as a senseless waste of system resources. Try stopping all background programs (maybe one at a time if you want to know which is the cause), before hibernating the machine.

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