Hibernation problem on computers with 1 GB of RAM

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q330909
Your Windows XP-based computer may not hibernate. This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • Your computer has one gigabyte (GB) or more of RAM.
  • Your computer is running multiple processes that create a high-stress condition.
For example, you may see this symptom if you run the dir command in 500 Cmd.exe processes.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Update information

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

DownloadDownload the 330909 package now.

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   17-Dec-2002  18:32            24,576  Xpsp1hfm.exe        12-Dec-2002  22:08  5.1.2600.108    1,848,320  Ntkrnlmp.exe        12-Dec-2002  22:09  5.1.2600.108    1,902,080  Ntkrnlpa.exe        12-Dec-2002  22:09  5.1.2600.108    1,874,944  Ntkrpamp.exe        12-Dec-2002  22:08  5.1.2600.108    1,879,936  Ntoskrnl.exe        30-Jan-2003  21:06  5.1.2600.1159   1,892,352  Ntkrnlmp.exe        30-Jan-2003  21:06  5.1.2600.1159   1,948,288  Ntkrnlpa.exe        30-Jan-2003  21:06  5.1.2600.1159   1,921,024  Ntkrpamp.exe        30-Jan-2003  21:06  5.1.2600.1159   1,924,480  Ntoskrnl.exe     
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 was enhanced to reduce the occurrence of this behavior.

Note It is still possible to experience a hibernation problem after you install this fix if the memory becomes highly fragmented. The speed at which this problem manifests is dependent on the software that you run and your particular usage model.
To obtain the symbol files for this hotfix:
  1. Make sure that you have the Symchk.exe utility. If you do not, the utility is available in Debugging Tools for Windows. To obtain the utility, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
  2. Extract the hotfix to a temporary folder. To do this, use the following command:
    q330909_wxp_sp2_x86_enu.exe –x:\temp\q330909 –u
  3. Call Symchk.exe to download the symbols. To do this, use the following command:
    symchk /r \temp\Q330909/* /s SRV*\temp\Q330909symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
    In this example, the symbols are located in the Temp\Q330909symbols folder.
For more information about dual-mode updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
328848 Description of dual-mode update packages for Windows XP
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
909095 The computer occasionally does not hibernate and you receive an "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API" error message in Windows XP with Service Pack 2, in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Article ID: 330909 - Last Review: 02/01/2007 02:47:00 - Revision: 12.4

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