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Hibernation feature in Windows

by anarghya_mitra / February 18, 2008 5:26 AM PST

Hi everybody. I have to turn on my laptop on and off several times in 1 day, so I choose to hibernate instead of booting every time as hibernation is faster. Can this repeated hibernation have a negative effect on my PC's performance in the long run?

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No noticeable performance hit
by 1TC / February 18, 2008 6:18 PM PST

My laptop (Thinkpad T60) only restarts when it applies some Windows updates and requires restarting. I never restart the computer for other reason for more than one year and I never notice any performance hit.

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One time so far.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2008 9:16 PM PST

The laptop was behaving oddly so I rebooted. It hadn't been rebooted in months. I would not pass up hibernate just because of the occasional need to really reboot.


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I do reboot
by anarghya_mitra / February 19, 2008 6:57 AM PST
In reply to: One time so far.

I DO reboot, maybe like once in a week or so.

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Hibernation feature in Windows
by mlawson3 / February 22, 2008 11:16 AM PST

tell me what brand of laptop you have and the specs and I'll tell you the problem. 1st off go to control panel and select power and make sure you specify "always ON" and unless you need it 24/7 and require no sleep i suggest you turn it off or reboot when you are ready to got to sleep!!!!!

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Sony Vaio
by anarghya_mitra / February 22, 2008 12:17 PM PST

with specs -
Intel core 2 Duo 2 Ghz
Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel 965 series chipset
Intel GMA X3100

I usually reboot at night, and turn it on again in the morning.

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by shebeeb1900 / February 22, 2008 2:02 PM PST
In reply to: Sony Vaio

i think hibernation is best because i it is very faster but reboot is needed even twice in a month

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ignore mlawson
by froasier / February 23, 2008 12:47 AM PST

I don't think Anarghya had a problem with power management settings. No specs or adjustments are necessary. Anarghya, stick with what you are doing, it's fine.

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Standy is faster.
by teckk / February 23, 2008 3:35 AM PST

I would not hibernate it, I would put it to standby or sleep. Just opening the lid will wake it. You will have to reboot a windoze machine every so often. APM seems to work well on XP though.

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Hibernating is faster
by JoMilton / February 23, 2008 7:23 AM PST

I have an Acer laptop - getting on. Battery totally dead so it's now a de facto desk top pc.
From time to time you HAVE to reboot, depending on your installed software. Norton often requires a reboot to settle updates for example.
If your RAM is a bit low, or you have too many programs in your start up menu then rebooting can be a time consuming pain. It used to take me ages (I run XP, not Vista) so I avoided rebooting if I could help it. Then I got 1GB of Ram on top of the original 256GB and boot up time halved.
I was advised to run a weekly disk check on my pc to keep the hard drive in good nick. This requires a reboot. I don't know if you have to do that on Vista, but I was told it was sensible practice for my laptop.
I'm not very techie, but I do know that a reboot can free up resources that haven't been released by some program or another that you've been running. I think the proof of this is that I cannot switch users back and forth on my lap top unless it's recently been rebooted. It runs out of resources after a while and freezes on a black screen when I try to switch back and forth.

I set my laptop to sleep when I close the lid. Opening the lid starts it up again - and I just need to enter my password. I tend to save my powering right down for bed time when I won't need to use the laptop for several hours. It can be booting up again while I'm getting my breakfast ready. As I have dial up there is no point in leaving the pc on all hours to do automatic updates since no one can phone me while I'm using the net.

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