message of "hibernate...." appears at startup of Windows Vista Home

Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

            Last night, I booted up a friend's laptop for the first time and received the message of "hibernate..." which would not disappear.  Consequently, the normal Windows Vista desktop environment along with its icons would never appear.  To my pleasant surprise today, I started his laptop up using both, cold and warm boots, and the laptop loaded the Windows Vista desktop environment up just fine without the hibernate message which brings me to an important question.  Did the message of "hibernate..." that was noticed last night appear just out of coincidence or is it a sign of a technical issue which needs exploring?  At the moment, the laptop is working great and without issues.  

             With respect to technical specifications of this laptop just in case they are needed,  here is a basic run down.  The laptop is a Compaq Presario (Model: CQ50-139WM) with an Intel 2.0GHz chip, 2GB of RAM, and running Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 1.  The hard disk drive has a storage capacity of 150GB with 82.1GB free.  

              Today, when the laptop was able to load up to the desktop environment successfully, I did notice a menu of options to select from before a full loadup.  The menu consisted of the following options: 1. Safe Mode  2. Safe Mode with Networking  3. Safe Mode with Command Prompt Only and 4.  Normal Mode.  This option does not appear anymore because the operating system loads on through to its desktop environment just fine in both, cold and warm boots.  

               In closing, any feedback given to this question will be appreciated.   At this point,  my question is more of a curious one as opposed to one of a technical nature due to the fact that there are not any needed troubleshooting steps required at this time.  

                I will look forward to reviewing any thoughts regarding the origins of the "hibernate" message within Windows Vista Home.

                Thank you

                George
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You have enough disk for hibernation, but not a lot of memory. That should not cause a problem, but still 2 GB is small for any system today.

Also now Vista is up to Service Pack 2.

I suspect that something hung for whatever reason and since you were able to restart it with no ill effects, I would be inclined to ignore it.

Download and install SP2, clear out temp files (Disk Cleanup), check all other patches to make sure everything is up to date and move on.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello

           Thank you for your quick reply to my question.  If it would not be too much to ask, could you provide a direct download link for the SP2?  

            Please disregard the request for a SP2 of Vista.  I found a link to it from a previously closed post.

            Thank you

            George
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Good. It is easy to find Service Packs of all kinds by going to Microsoft -> Downloads -> All Downloads and Service packs at the bottom.

Make sure you get the right bit level 32 or 64).

If this is 64-bit Vista, also consider upgrading memory. 32-bit can take 3 Gb and 64-bit can take 4 Gb or 8 Gb depending on the motherboard.

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nobusCommented:
normally, windows update should download it, so check if updates are coming in (is it enabled?)

the hibernate message could come from an improper stopping of the laptop(i assume the battery isn't working anymore?  right?  and he took out the AC plug while hibernating
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

              Regarding the hibernate message, I was wondering the same thing.   At the time of the hibernation message, the battery was almost fully charged.  Last night, I did go ahead and fully charge it at 100%.  Today, I will be updating Vista from SP1 to SP2 in addition to running Disk Cleanup.  

               While I am on the topic of fine tuning this laptop, will a normal Windows Update search for any needed driver updates for the hardware components?  Or, will I need to run a third party utility to accomplish this goal?

                Thank you.

               George
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nobusCommented:
in windows updates - look for optional updates; often there you find  the device drivers
or better - from here :  http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3804159&

does it still run from battery alone?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
While I am on the topic of fine tuning this laptop, will a normal Windows Update search for any needed driver updates for the hardware components?

For brand name laptops, the manufacturer's site will have the drivers.

Windows Optional Updates sometimes have drivers and I find them to be legitimate.

Failing all of that, try a third party driver site but be sure it is a top quality site.

... Thinkpads_User
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kadafitcdCommented:
As Thinkpads_User said be sure the Driver site is top quality.

I am worried that you are looking at a driver updater Software utility and I HIGHLY recommend you stay away from them at all costs.  You will rarely find one that isn't full of malware advertisements and other junk that comes with it.  These programs are known headaches and will most likely make your computer run worse if not completely shutting it down by loading a bad video driver or something of the like.  Trust me I have experience with customers who fell for their tricks.

Your best bet is to just go to HP's website in the link Nobus gave above.

Also, as far as Hibernation goes I usually recommend my customers just use Standby as Hibernation has caused problems in every version of windows I've come across.  It does save your battery better than standby as it completely shuts the computer off and it does offer better bootup times than shutting down but it's not hard to remember to shut down your computer if you're not going to use it in the near future.  The problems that it can cause can be more of a headache than the average user would like to deal with.

Instructions to disable and enable Hibernation:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730

Good Luck.
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nobusCommented:
i posted the manufacturer's driver site , George
How is it going?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
George - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

             Thanks so much for the input shared to this post.  I decided to ignore the hibernate error message due to the fact that it only happened once; cleared itself up after restart of the laptop.  However, I did go ahead and upgrade the Vista SP1 to Vista SP2 using the Microsoft link of http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/service-packs-download#sptabs=vista
I did select the 32-bit version of the SP2 update in order to stay consistent with what was displayed within the System icon of Control Panel in addition to the limited amount of RAM which is 2GB.  

              On a sidenote, I did experience  technical issues with the wireless card which is being worked around using a wireless USB NIC adapter.  I am currently waiting to receive it in shipment.  Other than that, everything else works just fine.  

               Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and tips.

               George
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