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Hibernate fails and then the option to hibernate disappear


I'm using the hibernate option for years now on a Dell D600 and until few days ago it worked nicely. No more.

After a reboot, the hibernate option is available for me in Start->Shut Down->Hibernate but when I'm trying to use it the screen go black and after few seconds_ it returns to the desktop_ (the progress bar of hibernating doesn't appear). Once this happens, there is _no longer a hibernate option_ in Start->Shut Down and the Hibernate tab doesn't exist in Power Management. The only way to bring hibernate back is to reboot. This behavior is not consistent but if didn't happen after the first hibernate then will happen in the following one.

When this happens, it is possible to Standby and the file hiberfil.sys still exists.

I've turned off all devices that can wake-up.
S1 and S3 are available.
I've tried to disable hibernation (hiberfil.sys was removed) and bring it back (the file reappeared)

The behavior may be related to memory upgrade from 1G to 1.5G by replacing a 512B with a 1G.

Any ideas?

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8/22/2022 - Mon

make sure you have enough free space on drive C: so the hiberfil.sys can expand. I`ve had the same problem once, i had 3.5Gb on that system and not enough free space on the drive.
Brian Pierce

My thoughs as well - you need at least as much free space on the drive as you have RAM - otherwise there is nowhere to save the memory contents.

hiberfil.sys is 1.49 GB (1,609,871,360 bytes) and there are additional  8.4G of free space
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Walt Forbes

Test your RAM with memtest86+, and also use the HD manufacturer's utility to test the disk. If memtest fails replace the RAM, if the HD has errors first try backing up your data, then if the tool you used to test it has a repair option, use that. When done run a chkdsk /x on all your drives (you will need to reboot for it to finish). You'll find all these tools on the UBCD.


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Followed by Rayn R and johnb6767 and things looks good - THANKS!.

I'll give it few more days and then I'll "accept".


No probs - glad it worked.
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installed 909095 and did "Might disable Hibernaiton, and reboot. Then re enable it, and it should recreate the hiberfil.sys file". I didn't do "remove your Video drivers before the rebnoot, and reinstall them with the latest drivers"