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I have an Acer 5633 that will not come out of hibernation. the on light comes on as does the led on the dvd drive and a fan runs for approx 5 seconds, then it just sits there like a plastic brick. I have tried taking the battery out and running it from the mains aadaptor only with the same results. There are no POST bleeps.

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  • barmysod Apr 21, 2008

    would that I could disable hibernation, The machine doesn't boot at all

  • barmysod Apr 21, 2008

    The machine went into hibernation the awfully nice windows xp told me that.

  • barmysod Apr 21, 2008

    I appear to have c..ked up and put this question in the pc desktop category, it is in fact a notebook, my appologies

  • barmysod Apr 21, 2008

    Nothing appears on the screen at all and there is no power on self test. The power light comes on as does the dvd busy light, the fan runs for a few seconds and then goes off, the lights stay on.


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Disable hibernation in the power settings. I've run across many computers that do not respond properly to hibernation mode, and that do the same thing. It's easier to simply disable hibernation mode and have it fall into sleep mode instead.

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    Arthur Dellea Apr 21, 2008

    Well, if the machine is not booting at all, then it is not hibernation. It's a good chance that either your monitor is dead, or even the motherboard in the computer is dead. First, I would try a second monitor, borrow a friend's if you don't have one. If that doesn't work, then you definitely need to take it to a local repair shop, it's too serious for you to fix yourself.

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    Arthur Dellea Apr 21, 2008

    I reread your initial response. You noted that you tried even with the battery out, unbfortunately most laptops will not run properly (or at all) if you try to run them plugged into AC without a battery in place.

    Can you describe to me what happens when you power the system up, on the screen? Do you see anything at all?

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    Arthur Dellea Apr 21, 2008

    OK, I was curious as to how XP told you that it was in hibernation when you cannot see anything on the screen, that confuses me a bit.

    Narrowing it down, the three main things that I feel it could be are...

    • A bad or broken screen

    • A dead battery

    • A dead motherboard

    I'm hoping that it's not the motherboard, but if it's not POSTing, then there's a pretty good chance that is the problem.

    Sometimes a dead battery can cause this to happen, as I noted most laptops won't even boot without a working battery in place. From what I've seen, most laptop batteries only last about 5 years on average under regular use. If the battery was only holding a charge for 30 minutes or less before this happened to you, then chances are that you need to buy a new battery, or a refurb battery.

    To see if the screen is bad, you could try connecting it to someone's computer monitor and booting up. In most cases, laptops will auto-switch to the external monitor and use that instead. If you see the screen on bootup when connected to a monitor, then you know the screen is dead. I just got a card the other day in the mail for laptop screen repairs,


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