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hybernating and memory ???'s

when you use the hybernate option on the computer does it use up allot of memory? I was checking it out on my pc and it said that when the computer hybernates it stores the info on the hard drive, then starts back up from that spot. how do you start the pc back up from hybernation? and what is the difference between that and standby? which do you suggest I use? thanks Elizabeth

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Elizabeth, Hibernate vs Standby..

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Although you haven't given us the operating system of the computer you're discussing, the information below should help with the basics of the two low power settings. Recovering from "Standby" can be done by moving the mouse or by pressing the space-bar on the keyboard. Recovering from "Hibernation", simply press the power button and logon normally. Your computer starts more quickly than a standard hard boot because it skips steps such as cache cleanup. When Windows brings your PC out of hibernation, you'll find your documents and files open on your desktop exactly as you left them.:
"Standby basically turns off power consuming components like the hard disks and monitor. It switches the computer to a low power state. Its much like a warm boot. Any contents of memory and unsaved desktop settings are lost. Hibernation saves state information by writing a hibernation file which contains the contents of memory and is thus the same size as total RAM. This is a snapshot of active memory. When you turn your PC back on, the state, including which applications are running (desktop) and the memory contents are restored to RAM and voila! - you are back to where you were when Hibernation mode started."

Hibernation is just short of a complete shutdown and takes longer to get things going again.

Here's another good explaination from our Desktop forum:

In regards to which one to use...I don't use either. If push-comes-to-shove, I'll choose to "Turn off monitor" or "Turn off disks" after a specific time period because it accomplishes what I want to do, (a temporary power down) but at this point, I don't use either one..Some machines have problems starting back up from either one and as a result, all our computers are either "On" or "Off".

Hope this helps.


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(NT) (NT) big help, thank you

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Hibernate is a timesaver

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Standby leaves your computer running at a low power state so that it can resume to where you left it within about 5 seconds.

Hibernate actually turns your computer off but can still resume to where you left it by saving what was in memory (RAM) onto the hard disk. The amount of hard disk space used will be about the same as the amount of memory that you have e.g. 256Mb. When resuming from hibernation, the usual detection of devices, and the loading of drivers and software that are part of starting up Windows are skipped. Instead, the representation of the memory saved in the hard disk is loaded into RAM and Windows will be back to where you left it, along with all the drivers and software that you had running at the time that you hibernated. Your computer will probably be fully usable within 30 seconds.

I use both. I set my computer to standby after 1 hour and hibernate after 4 hours. I have also set my computer's power button to default to hibernate.

If you find that Windows loads up too long everytime you turn on your computer, e.g. a minute or more, maybe it's time to try hibernation. Sometimes certain combinations of computer devices and/or software and/or settings will make your computer unable to resume from hibernation, but you only need to give it a try (or a few if you're unlucky). The amount of time that this will save you in the long run is significant so a few minutes to check now is well worth it.

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Hibernate is a boon, but...

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Hibernate is a boon, but suddenly I've found it won't work on my PC, even though it's enabled. Windows just says ''Preparing to Hibernate...'' and stops at that. I have to push the Reset button to get going again.

I see that mikebliv says ''Sometimes certain combinations of computer devices and/or software and/or settings will make your computer unable to resume from hibernation'' - is this what's happening to me, I wonder? It's not a tragedy, but I'd like to sort it out if possible, avoiding reinstalling Windows if I can...

My setup:-

PC (not MAC)
WinXP Pro
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (1.83 GHz)
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard
Tascam US-122 USB sound device
1.00 GB of RAM
200 GB HD

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Hope this helps...

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Is the hard disk light still flashing while it's stuck at ''Preparing to Hibernate''? It's just that with 1Gb of memory, it just might take longer to hibernate since it will also be saving a 1Gb file on your hard disk.

If not and you have Nero this may be your issue:;en-us;331506

Also make sure you have applied the latest XP service pack (SP2).

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Thanks for your ideas, mike

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Hi, mike,

I didn't look to see if the hard disk light was still flashing while it's stuck at ''Preparing to Hibernate''. But I left it for an hour, and it was still the same when I came back home, so...

I will look at the hard disk light next time I try it.

I don't use Nero. I do have SP2 installed.

Thanks for your helpful ideas anyway - let's see what others may come up with...


My setup:-

PC (not MAC)
WinXP Pro
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (1.83 GHz)
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard
Tascam US-122 USB sound device
1.00 GB of RAM
200 GB HD

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APM - study for the weekend.

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1. The article [Q310752] contains a brief overview of power management. Windows supports both Advanced Power Management (APM) and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) power management.

Note: Advanced Power Management is the legacy power management scheme based on an SMI/SMM (hidden hardware) BIOS approach that was first widely supported in Microsoft Windows. Most of the interesting functionality for APM is in a machine-specific BIOS that is hidden from the operating system and has been superseded by ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) which is the robust scheme for power management and system configuration supported in the Windows 9x and above family of operating systems.

Warning: The article [Q331958] warns that the hard disk may become corrupted when entering either Standby or Hibernation mode since the flush cache command is not issued to a large hard disk that has 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA) enabled. A supported fix is now available from Microsoft but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

2. The article [Q314088] describes the process used by Windows to enable and install Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) functionality. An ACPI system consists of a series of 10 tables that define which devices are present on the system and what their capabilities are as to configuration and power management that are built by the system BIOS at startup. When the computer starts, the system BIOS looks for specific entries in two of these tables, 1) the Fixed ACPI Description table [FACP] and 2) the Root System Description table [RSDT] to determine whether the system is ACPI-compliant. Information is extracted from these tables in the form of an OEM ID, OEM TABLE ID, OEM REVISION and CREATOR REVISION. If these tables are not present or if the information in those four descriptors is invalid, the system is assumed not to be ACPI-compliant and the legacy hardware abstraction layer (HAL) is installed.

a. If APM was not enabled during the installation of Windows, either the computer's BIOS was on the disable APM list or it is not listed on the auto-enable APM list. Apmstat.exe (a tool included with the Windows Support Tools on the operating system CD) can be used to determine if either is the case. At the command prompt, type pmstat, and then press Enter.

b. If a reports is rendered that an APM BIOS is known to be incompatible or that an APM BIOS is known to have problems, do not attempt to force WinXP Setup to install the APM support. Doing so could cause the computer to behave erratically and even lose data. Also, if it is determined that an APM BIOS is incompatible, make sure the option for APM is disabled in the BIOS.

c. If it is reported that an APM BIOS is not known to be compatible or it is not known to be incompatible, APM might still be used but the user must enable and ensure the configuration of the APM options so that it works properly.

d. To verify that APM support is installed on a computer:

(1) In the Control Panel click Performance, Maintenance, System, Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.

(2) On the View menu, click Show hidden devices.

(3) If NT Apm/Legacy Support is listed in the details pane, APM support is installed.

e. To enable APM:

(1) In Control Panel, click Performance Maintenance, Power Options, APM tab.

(2) Under Advanced Power Management, select the Enable Advanced Power Management support check box.

Note: The APM tab is present only if an APM BIOS is detected which is either APM 1.2-compliant or that which might work with APM even if it is not APM 1.2-compliant. It is not recommended that APM support be enabled on a computer that has a BIOS that is not APM-compliant. If problems occur after enabling APM support, disable APM and contact the computer manufacturer for an updated BIOS. In addition, the APM tab is not present if a computer has multiple processors because WinXP does not install APM support on multiprocessor computers.

3. In order to utilize APM power management, configure the APM-based BIOS so that power management works properly. This might involve configuring the APM BIOS in the following way:

a. Set BIOS time-outs to the maximum time or disable them. This allows the operating system (instead of the BIOS) to control time-outs since some APM BIOSs turn off or refuse to function if all time-outs are disabled. Perhaps the time-outs should be set to the maximum allowed time instead of disabled.

b. Turn off screen blanking in the BIOS. Typically to turn off screen blanking in the BIOS, disable the time-out for the display or set the time-out to the maximum value. Screen blanking reduces power to the display which causes the computer to appear to be shut down.

Note: Activating a pointing device typically wakes the system and restores power to the display. However, USB and other external pointing devices may not.

4. The article ''Description of the Different Advanced Power Management States (Q308535)'' provides detailed information concerning the different individual power states which apply both to individual computer components and to the computer as a whole, and the meaning and purpose of each state.

5. In order to use the ACPI Power Management features in Windows XP, a computer must have a compatible ACPI-compliant BIOS and if it does, an ACPI Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) is installed which allows the use of ACPI power management features. If the computer does not have an ACPI-compliant BIOS, a non-ACPI HAL is installed and ACPI power management features are not available. In order to determine which HAL to install, Windows XP performs the following process during setup:

Note: The HAL directs information from the operating system and device drivers to specific devices.

a. Windows checks the ACPI BIOS tables during startup and if a device is found in the table list, its power management capabilities are installed. If this information is missing or if the information is in the wrong form, a non-ACPI HAL is installed.

b. If the tables are correct, Setup determines whether the computer's BIOS is known to be incompatible with the ACPI standard. What generally happens is:

? If the BIOS is on the incompatible list, a non-ACPI HAL is installed.

? If the BIOS is not on the incompatible BIOS list, Setup checks the BIOS date.

? If the BIOS is not on the incompatible BIOS list and the BIOS date is later than 1/1/99, an ACPI HAL is installed.

? If the BIOS is not on the incompatible BIOS list and the BIOS date is earlier than 1/1/99, Setup determines if the BIOS is known to be compatible with Windows.

? If the BIOS is compatible, an ACPI HAL is installed.

? If the BIOS is not compatible, an earlier HAL is installed.

c. To determine whether Windows is running in ACPI mode:

(1) In the Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, System and in the System Properties (click to see an example screenshot) dialog box, click the Hardware tab.

(2) Click Device Manager and in the details pane, click Computer (Click to see an example screenshot). If Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC is listed, ACPI is alive and well.

(3) To determine whether the computer supports hibernate and standby features:

a. Click Start, Run, type powercfg.cpl, and then press Enter, or click Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, Power Options.

Note: If the Standby and Hibernate options are not present, the computer does not support these features.

b. In the Power Options Properties dialog box, verify that a Hibernate tab exists. If present, select the Hibernate tab, check the Enable hibernation box, and click Apply.

c. In the Power Options Properties dialog box, verify that an Advanced tab exists. If present, verify that Standby and Hibernate are selectable options in the Power buttons drop down lists.

6. To generally determine the type of HAL used (Start, Control Panel, System and on the Hardware tab, click Device Manager) view the listing under Computer for the system description and the associated HAL. For example:

ACPI Multiprocessor PC = Halmacpi.dll
ACPI Uniprocessor PC = Halacpi.dll
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC = Halacpi.dll
MPS Multiprocessor PC = Halmps.dll
MPS Uniprocessor PC = Halapic.dll
Standard PC = Hal.dll
Compaq SystemPro Multiprocessor or 100% Compatible = Halsp.dll

Note: If a system has an ACPI BIOS but Windows is not installed in ACPI mode, the ACPI BIOS might be noncompliant. Check with the computer manufacturer to see if a more recent ACPI-compatible BIOS is available for installation. If Windows is installed in non-ACPI mode and an upgrade is available and subsequently installed, Windows must be reinstalled to enable its functions. Does using the ''Windows Network Monitor'' (click Start, Run, type winmsc, and then press Enter) give further useful information concerning the BIOS?

7. OnNow capabilities are only possible when the operating system controls power management across the entire PC system because it is the only one that can know system parameters and states that applications and BIOS cannot know, such as:

Thermal zone conditions
Stop Clock throttling
Processor power performance capabilities and states
The sudden appearance of new devices that cause power demands or that indicate a user?s intention to begin certain tasks
System states that need to be saved before the PC can safely go to sleep

a. To the user, the computer is either on or off, and other conditions are not visible. However, the ACPI specification defines a number of different power states that are supported by Windows operating systems. Each device in the system must implement power management in its driver and as required for the bus that it uses to attach to the system. Each bus and each device class has a specification for how power management is to be enabled, and that defines the degree to which the device can participate in system-wide power management.

b. All driver sample and driver models for WinXP implement power management support, without the driver developer having to apply special concern for the details of power control, and the Windows driver support provides an interface for drivers to perform power management functions, such as:

Get a device?s power-related capabilities
Query, set, or get a device?s power state
Enable a device to wake the system
Get battery status

8. BIOS Setup - for PCs designed to run WinXP:

a. The default BIOS settings should be:

Video Re-POST disabled
HD Reset disabled
S3 enabled

b. Optimize your BIOS code for S3 Resume:

Do not include code that overlaps Windows
The S3 path in the BIOS should not look like an APM resume path

c. Implement the Simple Boot Specification.

d. Chip Support. Take advantage of CPU and chipset power management features:

Get register-specific information from your vendors
Ensure proper register programming
Ensure correct ACPI reporting
Probe boards to ensure they are working

e. Design for Fast Resume. The recommended performance guidelines for a consumer PC running WinXP are:

Boot to a useable state in a total of 30 seconds
Resume from Hibernate (S4) in a total of 20 seconds
Resume from Standby (S3) in a total of 5 seconds

9. Issues are explained in the article ''Unable to Use Power Management Features (Q302414)'' when using one or more device drivers that do not implement power management functionality correctly because they are not Plug and Play or power management enabled. This article does not elaborate other than for a user to ascertain what interferes and to either update it or quit used programs before implementing the power management feature.

a. The article [Q308549] explains that the System Information tool (Msinfo32.exe) gathers information about your computer, devices installed or device drivers that are loaded, and provides a menu for displaying the associated system topics. It also provides access to tools you can use for troubleshooting your computer.

b. The article [Q307970] is a step-by-step article that describes how you can configure devices by using Device Manager.

c. ''DevCon'' is a Command Line utility that can be downloaded and acts as an alternative to Device Manager. It allows a user to enable, disable, restart, update, remove, and query individual devices or groups of devices and provides information relevant to the developer.

10. Supplemental Reading:

a. ''HOW TO: Specify a Specific or Third-Party HAL During Windows Setup (Q216251)'' -- covered in a Win2000 article
''Troubleshooting Text-Mode Setup Problems on ACPI Computers (Q224826).''

b. ''Some Power Management Settings Do Not Migrate During Upgrade to Windows XP (Q282788).''

c. ''ACPI BIOS Is Attempting to Write to Illegal IO Port Address (0x80, 0x400, 0xcf8, 0xcfc) (Q283649).''

d. ''It Is Now Safe to Turn the Machine Off'' Message When You Try to Hibernate Your Computer (Q298884).''

e. ''The Computer Cannot Enter Standby or Hibernate If a Direct3D-Based Screen Saver Is Running (Q306676).''

f. ''Windows XP and Advanced Power Management (APM) Support (Q307525).''

g. ''Computer Does Not Enter Standby Mode If Power Options Profile Is Set to Standby After 45 or More Minutes (Q310601).''

h. ''Your Computer May Not Shut Down After You Upgrade to Windows XP (Q313290).''

i. ''A General Description of IRQ Sharing in Windows XP (Q314068).''

j. ''Unable to Change Resource Settings in Windows XP Device Manager (Q315278).''

k. ''How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP (Q315341).''

l. ''Returning from Hibernation Sets the Inactivity Timer to Five Minutes (Q318355).''

m. ''Hibernation Problem on Computers with 1 GB of RAM (Q330909).''

n.''It is Now Safe to Turn Off Your Computer'' error message when you try to shut down your computer (Q810903).''

Note: After a computer returns (or ''wakes up'') from hibernation, it may enter hibernation again after five minutes of inactivity regardless of the settings configured in the Power Options tool in Control Panel.

11. Note what the article [Q306458] states:

''Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) offers PowerNow! technology on AMD mobile Athlon 4 and mobile Duron processors and Windows XP the additional driver (the Amdk7.sys driver) to enable the AMD PowerNow! functionality.''.

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Unattended Backup: Hibernate vs Standby

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I want to be able to do unattended, automatic nightly backups of a Centrino 733 laptop running XP-Pro-SP2.

1)Is this possible
2)which should I use: hibernate or standby or some other method
3)Can the automated backup be successfully activated using another device on the same wired lan that would ''wake up'' the laptop?
4 Can the automated backup be activated by software on the laptop with a USB or Firewire drive attached directly to the laptop
5) Do all devices connected to the laptop have to be Plug and Play with Power Management enabled? Whew!

I have 24hours to decide whether or not to keep this laptop. The laptop (Averatec AV1050-EB1) is running in ACPI (per the weekend study). I want to use the laptop as a desktop replacement attached directly to a VGA monitor and to a universal USB hub/docking station (ethernet, keyboard, mouse, external speakers). If there is no method to I can use to enable the entire HD to be backed up unattended for offsite storage, then I probably will return the laptop while I can.

Thanks in advance.

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In reply to: Yes.

The information in your posts have been is exactly what I needed. Thanks for your time.

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Unattended backup

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Purchase Acronis True Image 8.0. You can then scheduled unattended backups at any time of day. And you can restore the image using a bootable CD-ROM if your PC won't boot normally. You can save the backup image to several types of attached drives--P-ATA (IDE), S-ATA, SCSI, IEEE1394 (Firewire) and USB 1.0 / 2.0 drives, PC card storage devices (PCMCIA). Works with most brands of drives but test it first.

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