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can't wake up my laptop after closing the lid!?

I have an HP laptop, not yet a year old and midway through the day yesterday it started being weird. When I shut the lid, the computer goes to sleep mode, usually when I open the lid it turns back on, or wakes up. It isn't doing this anymore and I now have to actually remove the battery and unplug the computer for a few seconds, it's the only thing that sees to work now. Obviously when I do this, upon turning the computer back on, I have to go through the whole "windows did not shut down properly" thing. Any Ideas why this might be happening and how to fix it? I have an extended warranty at future shop, but they just wipe the computer clean and that isn't what I need, I think I will back everything up anyways though. Any ideas would be appreciate, and don't hesitate to dumb it down...I can follow instructions, but I'm not the most computer friendly person, so please, step by step instructions needed. Thanks!

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Sorry.

I do not have a "works everytime" cur for this one. Yes we could restore it to factory but let's try two things.

1. Unplug any USB devices and try again.

2. If that fails, set the action for lid closure to HIBERNATE instead of sleep. Usually that works and gives the owner time to ponder what next.

In closing I would have used SYSTEM RESTORE to when it worked but find that most delay on that far too long and lose that easy fix.
Bob

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Power options

Go to power options in control panel and see how it is set up, factory settings, in my opinion, are hokey but you can change them to suit your needs.

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