Hibernation woes

Paul S paulatgm at gmail.com
Mon May 5 12:38:55 UTC 2008

Keith Clark said the following on 05/04/2008 11:12 PM:
> I just tried to put my desktop computer into hibernation by pressing the
> half moon key as I would have done in XP.  All seemed well, as the
> computer shut itself down in a matter of 10-15 seconds.

It takes about 40 sec's here .. the time is required to copy all the 
information on open programs onto a file in your swap.

> Then, I tried to restart it by hitting the power button, like I would
> have done in XP.  Well, the system churned away and churned away.  The
> cursor would respond erratically.  Finally a password window came up and
> I entered my password.  It accepted it and a black screen came up.  All
> this time the hard drive is going crazy with activity.  This went on for
> about 15 minutes when I finally shut it down and restarted it.

It takes about the same time as a reboot.  When it comes up the 
(k)ubuntu splash screen progress bar freezes and disk activity is 
constant because it's reading and starting all the app's from the file 
in swap.

> What was going on here?  Does hibernation work?  I thought it would be a
> faster way compared to the shut down and reboot option.

I don't think it's faster, but yes, it works "most" of the time here.  I 
can't get repeated hibernations with compiz, so compiz is off for now 
(Menu => Appearance => Desktop Effects => none).

It also depends on which video card you have and which driver.


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