Happy Friday! This week's topic has to do with Carlie's Vista laptop
that goes to sleep and won't wake up unless it feels like it. Boy, I
wish I had that laptop's sleep schedule -- where I wake up when I'm
darn well ready! But since this has nothing to do with me, let's see
if we can give Carlie some ideas of what could be causing this issue.
Many of our members have suggested simply disabling sleep mode in
Windows altogether as a solution, which would work if you can live
without it, but that doesn't really cover why it is happening.
Unfortunately, as you read through our member suggestions, you'll
quickly come to realize that sleep/hibernation issues as described by
members can range from a variety of culprits including Windows power
management that has gone amok, BIOS needing updating, Windows Vista
needing to be updated with the latest patches, and drivers. Some
members even suggest hardware issues, ranging from a loose power
connection to a laptop just simply overheating.
A lot of knowledge and suggestions were shared, and I hope there are
some things you can perform to successfully address the issue. But if
things get a bit too risky or involved to attempt, as much as I hate
to say it, if you can live without the hibernation/sleep mode, the
simple solution would be to disable it altogether within Windows and
shut off your system when not in use. Or as a few members suggested,
do a clean install of the operating system if you can, since it looks
like you are doing a complete backup of your system already.
Carlie, good luck with your situation and we hope you can find a
solution with what we have here. If you do get a chance to fix it,
please let us know what worked for you. Thanks, everyone, for your
invaluable contributions of time and knowledge. Have a great weekend!
(Note: There will be no community newsletter next week, but it will
continue the following week.)
Q: Help! My laptop goes to sleep and won't wake up, unless it feels like it. I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 purchased in 2009, so it is out of
warranty. It goes to sleep and doesn't wake up for days. I have
to take the battery out and put it back in several times, push
every button on it over and over and eventually when it feels like
it, it will come back on. I am currently copying the entire OS
system, while I have it up, this time. I took it to Staples, Best
Buy, called Dell and bought a new battery. Nothing changes, it
still won't wake up unless it feels like it. Does anyone have any
idea what causes this and any suggestions on how I can fix this?
Or is it beyond repair? Thanks.
Q: What's causing my CD/DVD burner to suddenly stopped working?
I was copying my music and videos onto DVDs and CDs until a couple of
weeks ago when it suddenly stopped working for me. For some reason now
when I try to burn music, my programs show that it is burning and
finishing off, then when I check the disk there is only 1KB on each
song, and I have wasted quite a few discs. For DVDs, it won't even
start to try setting up to copy. I'm wondering if my DVD/CD burner has
simply gone bad or another program has caused it to malfunction? I'm
running Windows 7, my processor is 2.6GH, 6GB RAM, and a 600GB hard
drive. Any information or clues as to why this is happening would be