Hibernation suddenly very slow lately



Brian
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Hi, when I go to hibernate my XP Pro machine, it's very slow to do so.
About one to two weeks ago it was very fast, but now it takes around
5-10 minutes to do it. The "Hibernating" screen comes up, but the
progress bar is very slow... only one "block" in the bar appearing
every 30 seconds or so. The hard drive activity light is flashing
like crazy during this. Any ideas on why? I've not installed any
new software or made any system changes.

R. McCarty
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Perhaps an issue with the Hiberfil.Sys file. Try this, use the Power
Applet in Control Panel. Turn off Hibernation - Apply, OK. Reboot
and reverse the process by re-enabling Hibernation. Before you do
the re-enable it might help to run a defrag, so the system will find a
contiguous space to create the new Hiberfil.Sys in.

"Brian" <brian@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:428685dc$1@dnews.tpgi.com.au...
> Hi, when I go to hibernate my XP Pro machine, it's very slow to do so.
> About one to two weeks ago it was very fast, but now it takes around
> 5-10 minutes to do it. The "Hibernating" screen comes up, but the
> progress bar is very slow... only one "block" in the bar appearing
> every 30 seconds or so. The hard drive activity light is flashing
> like crazy during this. Any ideas on why? I've not installed any
> new software or made any system changes.
>
>

Brian
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
R. McCarty wrote:

>> Hi, when I go to hibernate my XP Pro machine, it's very slow to do
>> so. About one to two weeks ago it was very fast, but now it takes
>> around 5-10 minutes to do it. The "Hibernating" screen comes up,
>> but the progress bar is very slow... only one "block" in the bar
>> appearing every 30 seconds or so. The hard drive activity light is
>> flashing like crazy during this. Any ideas on why? I've not
>> installed any new software or made any system changes.
>
> Perhaps an issue with the Hiberfil.Sys file. Try this, use the Power
> Applet in Control Panel. Turn off Hibernation - Apply, OK. Reboot
> and reverse the process by re-enabling Hibernation. Before you do
> the re-enable it might help to run a defrag, so the system will find a
> contiguous space to create the new Hiberfil.Sys in.

Didn't help. :( I'd say it's a process slowing the thing down. Maybe
an anti-virus sig update is checking hiberful.sys or something... dunno.
If it continues to be slow I'll just change my Power button to Standby
instead.

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
You HDD isn't getting full, is it?
Have you Defragmented lately?
Do you get Automatic Updates?
You could try using the System Restore Process, since it is reversible.
Look up System Restore in Help and Support if you are unfamiliar.

"Brian" <brian@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:428695df$1@dnews.tpgi.com.au...
> R. McCarty wrote:
>
> >> Hi, when I go to hibernate my XP Pro machine, it's very slow to do
> >> so. About one to two weeks ago it was very fast, but now it takes
> >> around 5-10 minutes to do it. The "Hibernating" screen comes up,
> >> but the progress bar is very slow... only one "block" in the bar
> >> appearing every 30 seconds or so. The hard drive activity light is
> >> flashing like crazy during this. Any ideas on why? I've not
> >> installed any new software or made any system changes.
> >
> > Perhaps an issue with the Hiberfil.Sys file. Try this, use the Power
> > Applet in Control Panel. Turn off Hibernation - Apply, OK. Reboot
> > and reverse the process by re-enabling Hibernation. Before you do
> > the re-enable it might help to run a defrag, so the system will find a
> > contiguous space to create the new Hiberfil.Sys in.
>
> Didn't help. :( I'd say it's a process slowing the thing down. Maybe
> an anti-virus sig update is checking hiberful.sys or something... dunno.
> If it continues to be slow I'll just change my Power button to Standby
> instead.
>
>

Brian
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
T. Waters wrote:

> You HDD isn't getting full, is it?

Nope -- 8 GB free with 512 MB allocated to hiberfil.sys already.

> Have you Defragmented lately?

About a month ago... I did an analysis now and it's only 3% fragmented.

> Do you get Automatic Updates?

I get notified of them... why? This problem occurs even if I'm offline,
so it's not like any notifications are downloading at the time.

> You could try using the System Restore Process

I'll try this later when I finish some work and can reboot.

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
Hi, Brian. Let us know how the SR goes.
The reason I asked about Auto Updates is that an Update can cause problems,
sometimes very serious ones. SR would rectify this (by getting rid of the
offending Update).


Brian wrote:
> T. Waters wrote:
>
>> You HDD isn't getting full, is it?
>
> Nope -- 8 GB free with 512 MB allocated to hiberfil.sys already.
>
>> Have you Defragmented lately?
>
> About a month ago... I did an analysis now and it's only 3%
> fragmented.
>
>> Do you get Automatic Updates?
>
> I get notified of them... why? This problem occurs even if I'm
> offline, so it's not like any notifications are downloading at the
> time.
>
>> You could try using the System Restore Process
>
> I'll try this later when I finish some work and can reboot.

Brian
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
T. Waters wrote:

> Let us know how the SR goes

Hmm, I just checked and I have *NO* restore points after May 11!
Aren't daily ones supposed to occur? There is a description for
the May 11 one called "Software Distribution Service 2.0", whatever
that is... I am hesitant to restore to it. Any ideas?

> The reason I asked about Auto Updates is that an Update can cause
> problems, sometimes very serious ones. SR would rectify this (by
> getting rid of the offending Update).

As above... I don't have anywhere "safe" (ie. "Automatic Checkpoint")
to restore to. :(

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
If you have installed any XP Updates in the past two weeks, uninstalling
them would probably be your next step.
You are not alone in having this Software Distribution Service going on
(just Google!), but normally, it does not take away Restore Points, just
create them.
From what you have posted earlier, it appears that the date of May 11 is
after the start of your Hibernation difficulties. If so, SR to May 11 will
not help with your Hibernation.

Brian wrote:
> T. Waters wrote:
>
>> Let us know how the SR goes
>
> Hmm, I just checked and I have *NO* restore points after May 11!
> Aren't daily ones supposed to occur? There is a description for
> the May 11 one called "Software Distribution Service 2.0", whatever
> that is... I am hesitant to restore to it. Any ideas?
>
>> The reason I asked about Auto Updates is that an Update can cause
>> problems, sometimes very serious ones. SR would rectify this (by
>> getting rid of the offending Update).
>
> As above... I don't have anywhere "safe" (ie. "Automatic Checkpoint")
> to restore to. :(


Hibernation suddenly very slow lately