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Paper Tape
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎06-23-2008
Location: USA
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Hibernate and Sleep result in machine limbo / crash

I have a:



T400 2765-PCU
ATI Radeon HD3470
Windows 7 Pro

Hibernate and Sleep used to work. Then I recently updated things via System Update and Windows Update. Now if I try either, they both result in a blank screen and machine limbo. The screen powers off but the hard drive, power lights, and fan stays on. If I just let it sit the machine will eventually reboot after about 7 minutes. Otherwise I can force poweroff by holding down the power button.

Some of the things I have already tried:
  • Updated all drivers to current using System Update - no dice
  • Tested using both the integrated graphics and the ATI card: same result - Hibernate and Sleep both cause machine limbo.
  • Rolled back power management driver to dated 11/18/2009 no dice
  • Rolled back ATI Radeon Driver to 8.641.1.1000 dated 8/24/2009 - no dice
  • Uninstalled all the ATI Catalyst software - no dice

I understand this is a fairly common problem with Thinkpads. Any help would be appreciated!


Retired Employee
Posts: 2,437
Registered: ‎04-10-2011
Location: Malaysia
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Re: Hibernate and Sleep result in machine limbo / crash

hey cooljw,

could you use msconfig and disable all startup items. then try to hibernate/sleep the unit.

there might be a program that is running in the background that is causing this. at the same time, do go to and crosscheck with your system and update any drivers/software that might be outdated.

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Paper Tape
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎06-27-2011
Location: Lithuania
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Re: Hibernate and Sleep result in machine limbo / crash

Hi, the same was/is happening in my T400. I found out, that the cause was Skype. When I close Skype before putting the mashine to sleep - it works