PC freezes when resuming after hibernation

  renard 23:12 04 Jul 2011

My home PC is a Dell Dimension C521, running Windows XP.

I often use its 'hibernate' facility by pressing the Power button on front of the machine. I press the same button to resume after hibernation.

Increasingly, the PC is freezing soon after pressing to resume. I see the usual Dell window which has a small 'loading' bar. This bar quickly goes only half way, then everything freezes.

Nothing works except to switch off at the mains. Then I wait a few minutes before restoring mains power and press the Power button again, whereupon the 'loading' bar on the Dell screen moves fully across and the PC resumes from hibernation, no problem.

I should add that I sometimes get the same problem if hibernating by clicking Start / Turn Off Computer / Hibernate.

I will greatly appreciate any advice on how to prevent the PC freezing when resuming after hibernation.

  ams4127 23:34 04 Jul 2011

Couple of ideas for you, hope one works!

Did this freezing start after a Windows update? If so, uninstall the update and see if that cures it. This may also be linked to a requirement for a BIOS update - some Windows updates (KB numbers) need one. If you know the Windows update which caused the problem, go to the update site and look at the update requirements, a BIOS update may be mentioned.

A remote possibility is a bad sector on your HDD. Run CHKDSK on your boot drive (probably C:).

  chub_tor 10:55 05 Jul 2011

Windows 7 does have problems resuming from Sleep if you have a very large hard drive. If you Google it you will see several comments about it. One of the solutions to try is this Hotfix from Microsoft.

  renard 00:04 09 Jul 2011

Very many thanks for your replies.

I will try them and see if it cures the problem.

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