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does anyone use hibernate on their machine ...? i wonder if this would be better than turning the machine off every night cos vista dont like being turned off it has to reload everything again on power up
but i've heard alot of horror stories about it ..like the machines wont recover from it...?
in hibernate will it just run as normal but the screen goes off
how does it work...
thx
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Hibernate completely turns off the computer. It actually turns off, and you can remove the power cable and everything. And when you turn it back on, it "Resumes" Windows. For example, I could send it to Hibernation as soon as I'm done typing this sentence, and I'll be right where I left off when I turn the system back on, or when I Resume it, or bring it out of Hibernation.

It basically writes all of that to the HDD from memory and uses it when it boots up, which is why there's a special boot screen and everything. The only thing is, it cannot be used for overclocking purposes. But I have used it over a dozen times here on overclock.net to answer questions about my BIOS. I'd simply Hibernate, power it back on, go into the BIOS, look for the answer, exit without saving, and Resume.

Wow, that was actually kinda hard to describe. But in essence, it just shuts down your computer without actually Shutting Down your computer.

The last time I used it, I came back and it wasn't detecting my 2nd HDD, the 40GB ide. But I think it's the mobo or something. It seems to have a tendency to do this to me.
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thx for the explanation....so when u bring it out of hibernation does it go through the whole bios boot & windows boot screens or just fly back into desktop...?
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You're PC will POST and instead of it booting with the windows boot logo and loading bar it will have a small white bar and takes about 1/5 the time it takes to boot windows from a full shut down.

I use it on my laptop. It's like putting the PC to sleep but it turns all the way off and doesn't use battery.
    
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Use on my laptop at school all the time. It's fine.

Now that I'm using Ubuntu on it, it takes a shorter amount of time for Gutsy to shut down than it took Windows to hibernate....
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hmmm.... i ask b/c last night i went to bed and my girlfreind told me the electric was running low (card meter) & the pc needs turning off but i was upstairs & i told her to turn it off ....i think she hit hibernate rather than shut down
but when i came down this morning it was DEFINATLY off (no fans)
i hit the power button & in 2 seconds the fans came on & it flew straight into desktop ..still online with OCNs page staring at me ...no boot screens

usually vista will reload everything back up in the morning but there was none of that both cores were idle the only thing that changed was my cpu fan had gone back up to 100% (via speedfan) it was amazing !!!!!

has anyone heard of this before ....was that hibernate...?
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post #7 of 14
I know my first answer was hard to get through since it was so long, so I'll answer you like this:

I'm going into Hibernation after I'm done typing this sentence, and I'm going to give you an account of what I saw. Here we go.

Ok, I'm back. The first thing that happened was I got that Windows "screen", as we say, that normally says Windows is Shutting Down. If you got to use XP, then you remember it. But instead, it says "Preparing to Hibernate..." After it's done preparing, then I get something that looks a lot like the WinXP boot screen, however this one is different in that it says Hibernating with that progress bar right next to the WindowsXP logo (it's displayed right after "Hibernating". And once the progress bar fills up, the system shuts off completely. This means that I can do whatever I want to it while it's off. I could take the whole thing apart and put it back together again, then turn it back on, and it would never know the difference.

When I turned it back on, it posted just like it does when you either Restart or Shut Down and then turn it back on, and then the boot screen was a simple gray colored progress bar at the bottom of the screen saying Resuming Windows. And bam, I was back to where I left off.

I suppose the most amazing thing about this for some people (myself included when I used it for the first time) is that it actually turns the system off. You can dismantle the entire system while it's off, put it back together again, turn it back on, and it'll resume. And it will all work as long as you don't make any changes.

And going into Hibernation and then coming out of it right away (which does require you to turn the system back on) takes no more than 30 seconds total. I haven't timed it, but it sure is quick. But that's because it doesn't need to close or open any applications, boot up Windows, etc...

I guess I have no skills in being succinct.
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Originally Posted by skunksmash View Post
hmmm.... i ask b/c last night i went to bed and my girlfreind told me the electric was running low (card meter) & the pc needs turning off but i was upstairs & i told her to turn it off ....i think she hit hibernate rather than shut down
but when i came down this morning it was DEFINATLY off (no fans)
i hit the power button & in 2 seconds the fans came on & it flew straight into desktop ..still online with OCNs page staring at me ...no boot screens

usually vista will reload everything back up in the morning but there was none of that both cores were idle the only thing that changed was my cpu fan had gone back up to 100% (via speedfan) it was amazing !!!!!

has anyone heard of this before ....was that hibernate...?
Yes. As you can tell from my first answer, that's exactly what Hibernate is. It's the fastest way to turn off your computer when you don't need to reboot it as the main purpose is to conserve power for laptop users. I think it was actually created for laptop users since they rely on battery power.

But anyway, she was very smart in doing that since it didn't need to be rebooted. I prefer to use it when there's a severe thunderstorm and I'm just sitting around and SUDDENLY remember that it's on, and I want to turn it off as quickly as possible, so I use Hibernate. This way I can continue where I left off once the storm passes. And I can also unplug everything.

The other reason I like hibernation is it allows me to completely shut off the computer when I'm not using it, and be able to resume exactly where I left off. It's a good electricity saver.
post #9 of 14
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it must of been hibernate then...... what a great feature cant belive i've never used it !!!!!!!!
is there ever gonna be a problem if i never shut it down again ...just use hibernate ??
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post #10 of 14
Oops, I forgot to answer your question regarding the horror stories. Well, I believe that I cannot fully trust Hibernation mode. I noticed that, on my system (my sig rig), if I set it to automatically go into Hibernation after a certain period of idle time, and then turn it back on when I come back, I've noticed that my second HDD (the 40GB IDE Barracuda) sometimes doesn't come back online, so then I have to reboot in order to get it back. But that's the worst that has happened to me so far, and that's not even a big deal, unless I want to open up something from My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and even the Desktop, which resides on my 2nd hdd (I used TweakUI XP to change the default location, and a little bit of Regedit too)
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