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What is the difference between putting a computer/laptop in "sleep" mode vs "hibernate" mode?

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so StaRDoGG can you tell me what the difference is? it seems to me that they both serve the same purpose but i know there has to be a difference, so please enlighten me with your infinite wisdom

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

The difference between hibernate and sleep or standby modes is mainly the amount of power saved and how the current data is being stored.

Sleep or standby mode saves your current work state (all open programs, etc.) in memory and cuts the power down to the bare minimum required to keep the memory in place, plus a few other crucial components. Since you're not fully shutting down, it'll restore your current work state as soon as you come out of Sleep mode. Also, since you're not completely shutting down, coming back out of sleep mode is alot faster than a full boot up or restart (or coming out of hibernation mode).

Hibernation mode also stores your current working state, but instead of saving it to RAM, it saves it in a file on your hard drive named hiberfil.sys, and then shuts completely down. When booting up again it reads the data from hiberfil.sys, restoring whatever your working state was when it went into hibernation, rather than booting up to a fresh desktop. Since nothing is running, there is practically no power being used, so it's the better option if you want to save maximum juice.


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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

thank you Kiss very informative. so which would be the better option to save my screen from burning out, or does that even matter, would the better option in that case to be shutting down completely? i hate to do that because i hate having to start up all over again..

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

you should add this URL to it too Wink

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

i think both shut the screen off... at least on my laptop. plus if you have a screen saver you should be ok. thats what they r for.

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

Yes, like Snazzy said both of them will turn off a laptop monitor, I don't know about a desktop monitor though?

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SloPoke wrote:

I don't know about a desktop monitor though?

yep same thing - it turns it off on both.

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Re: What is the difference between putting a ...

if your worried about burn ins you can also do this: clicky Active desktops are great (My kids use them) and no burn ins Smile

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