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post #1 of 9 Old 04-28-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Probably stupid laptop question

This is my first laptop and it does something that I can't figure out. In the hibernation mode it will occasionally turn itself off. I then get the windows shut down improperly message when I turn it back on. I have e-mailed the folks at HP but have got no response. Anyone with any ideas why it does that? It works fine when it's restarted but i get error warnings.

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Have you adjusted the setting in "Power Options" within the "Control Panel"?

Maybe if you change things up it will quit doing it. It probably won't eliminate the underlying reason, but it'll make your life less unpleasant.

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I don't know enough on the subject to give you any definate answer. My netbook that I got a year ago is my first portable PC.

So here are some ideas that you might want to look at:

Do you tell it to hibernate (with a key command or otherwise) and then close the lid of the laptop? Does closing the lid start standby mode? You might tell it to hibernate and then when you close the lip the unit tries to stand-by. These work differently and I bet if you tried both at the same time there would be issues.

Do you have enough disk space to hibernate? When it hibernates the image of memory is saved on the hard drive. You might have lots of disk space overall but where is it putting the image? (It might be to a small partition that doesn't have enough space.) If there is not enough space problems will occur.I s the disk allowed to shut down before the unit hibernates? If the disk is set to shut down (for power saving) before it hiberantes then I bet there could be issues.

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I know that hibernation mode is when the computer is shut down but it saves what you have open so when you turn it on. I dont know why you would get the wrong shut down messege. I have my dell set that everytime i close the lid when its not on the charger it hibernates but when i turn the computer back on everything is fine. Like said above i would go to the power options on the computer and check to see how everything is set up.
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Sleep or hibernate

Just a question - is it hibernation mode or sleep?
Hibernation: your current session (open programs etc.) is saved on the disk. The computer is then shut down. When starting it should load all your apps after login.
Sleep: the current session is saved in memory and the computer goes into a low power state. But it still consumes power.

The difference between the two is that sleep is made for quick boot ups - but it does not last very long on battery power alone, while hibernate is made to keep the session for longer periods while the boot up is slower.

By the sound of it - you put your computer to sleep on battery power. After a while, if the battery is low the computer will shut down and show you that message on booting. That is the correct behaviour and not a problem.
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What 08Wee said...

Also, impatience, I've observed, can confuse things. If you start an orderly shutdown -- Turn Off Computer -- but close the case before the shutdown is complete and a dark screen presents, then the result may be unpredictable on a new startup later.

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I'm about as literate in computer language as I am with Chinese Algebra so I'm prolly calling it the wrong thing. What happens is I'm using the laptop, maybe updating SPANK, and I exit Firefox and close the lid. I have not logged off nor have i shut it down. Usually, after some time, I open the lid, unlock the computer and get down to business. But lately while the lid is closed the computer shuts off and I have to press the on button and then I get the widows is recovering from an unexpected shutdown message and get the option to restart windows in safe mode-but I open normally.

It doesn't appear to be related to the duration that the lid is closed as overnight may not be a problem, yet sometimes the lid is closed for less that 15 min and the computer is off when the lid is lifted again. Is that a hibernation issue?

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Click the "START" button.

Select "CONTROL PANEL"

Within "CONTROL PANEL" select "POWER OPTIONS"

In "POWER OPTIONS" select "ADVANCED" tab.

The settings you need are there under "When I close the lid on my portable computer".

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Can we assume you're using Windows 7?

Go to "control panel" and open "hardware and sound". From there click on "power options" and, on the left side, you'll see "choose what closing the lid does". Check to see how its set up.

Couldn't hurt to see how the "power options" are configured too.

Also, is the laptop new? Have you run it on battery power? If the battery is screwed then it may be running out of juice when its asleep.

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