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Toshiba Satellite P205-S6267--have to keep reopening cover

I've had this laptop a little over a year and have had this problem off and on but now more frequently: When I open the cover the password prompt screen appears but is unresponsive (frozen) and I have to open and close the cover again (and sometimes again) to get the screen to respond to keying in my password.

While a bit of an inconvenience, I've just put up with it. However, it is occuring more and more often and I'm worried that soon it won't respond at all...

Any suggestions? I'm can't find anything on Toshiba's website that specifically addresses this problem and I'm reluctant to start downloading "fixes" that may only get me in deeper hot water!

Thanks,
Lisa

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Time to start ruling things out

I presume that, when you've finished a session, you are closing the lid and letting the laptop suspend to RAM. This might be a pain but you could try doing a full shutdown before closing the lid. When you open it, of course, you restart fresh. Try this for a time and see if it still freezes at the login screen. My guess is that it won't.
I could ask how long you wait until trying to login and if you notice the HD activity light to be flashing on and off. If so, this could just mean it's not ready to input from the keyboard. My personal experience with using the hibernate/suspend to RAM shutdown method is that it causes problem. Maybe not right away, but eventually.

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I'll start keeping an eye on the HD activity light when I open the laptop.

Otherwise, you've got me a little worried. As a busy mom with three inquisitive kids (ages 12, 9, 6), I don't always have time to "shut down" before closing the laptop...(what's that burning smell in the kitchen?)... Happy

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Power issues

In reply to: Toshiba Satellite P205-S6267--have to keep reopening cover

You might want to take a look at how you have your power settings configured. Go into control panel and see what you have set for closing lid, that MAY be a part of the issue. Usually I set closing lid to do NOTHING. It just makes life easier. Good luck!!

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Power issues

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Thanks for the suggestion. However, it is especially reassuring that my kids can't "access" my laptop anytime I've had to close it in a hurry--they have their own desktop they can "clutter" with kids' stuff. In fact, I discovered that my daughter had tried guessing my laptop password several times the other day!

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