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    Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP Home )

    I have a Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 graphics card on Windows XP. My processor is 2.4 ghz. My problem is that whenever I have a screen saver selected, as in anything other than "None" is selected in Display Properties, when I click Hibernate on my comptuer it gets stuck in a frozen position that says something along the lines of , "Windows is Saving...etc" but NEVER leaves this screen. Subsiquently I have to shut it down manually by pressing the power button on the cpu. I dont know why the screen saver is affecting this but it is. I know for a fact that the screen saver is the factor becuase I have tried countrless times, turning it off, and then on, etc etc and it always works fine when there is no screen saver set.

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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    <!mskb=306676>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 306676<!/mskb> may provide the solution.
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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    The solution looks great, the only problem is, once I downloaded it and tried to execute it, it told me that the service pack i posessed was newer than the patch and hence couldn't install it as I could only install it on a computer with no service packs. So as the patch looked like it was the solution I can't use it. Thank you though, it is appreciated.

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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    Open the Display Properties Window (right-click on the desktop and select Properties) ScreenSaver tab and click on the Power button. Then in the Power Options Properties box, click on the Hibernate tab and be sure the box Enable hibernation is checked. You also might want to check in Device Manager to be sure there are no conflicts.

    Also, the MSKB article says the problem occurs only with the 3D screensavers. Is this the case with your system or does it happen with any screensaver ??
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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    3D screensavers. But still i dont really want to hear, " well dont use 3D screen savers" grrr

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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    The explanation for why the 3D screen saver interacts badly with ACPI is given in the More Information at the bottom of <!mskb=306676>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 306676<!/mskb>.

    Interestingly it seems that this hotfix is NOT included in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (see <!mskb=811113>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 811113<!/mskb>). It may be worth checking your own PC to see if the files are at the same level or newer than the list given in the KB Article 306676. If they are at the same level or newer, then you should not be experiencing the problem. If not, then the likely bypass is not to use a 3D screen-saver. (Why are you so keen on 3D screensavers, by the way?)

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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    it isnt so much that I want to have a 3D screen saver its the fact that I can't even if I wanted to.

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    Re: Screen Saver affecting Hibernation (Windows XP

    Sure you can. Don't use the hibernate function. It's troublesome at best anyway. IMHO. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    If you are going to be away from your machine for an hour or more, turn off your monitor. Unless you have it setup to do scheduled maintenance overnight, then shut it down manually before you retire (or what ever you do last <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) at night. I leave my machine running 24/7 and just shut down the monitor. I run the screensaver with a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> control utility that runs in the system tray, keeping it off most of the time and only activate it manually, mostly for entertainment value.
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