CloudBook Hibernation Mode: Slow and Error-Prone

Turning on the CloudBookI posted a few hours ago about the long boot time on the CloudBook. and some users suggested that I try the hibernation mode and see how that works. The hope, of course, was that hibernating and then waking would be a lot faster than cold booting. In fact, it is faster; it’s just not that fast and it returns some strange errors. This morning, when I tried to enter hibernation mode, the CloudBook would not turn off at all. The screen turned black for a few seconds and then spit back a password request at me. When I entered the password, I was back to my desktop again and free to try (and fail) at hibernating again. I later figured out that this password request screen is the same one you get when you wake the computer after a successful hibernation. I can only guess that the machine was hibernating and then waking itself instead of powering down like it should have. But, as I said in my previous post, the CloudBook (at least the one we received) is temperamental and problems that occur at one time may not be reproducible, even when you try the same exact thing later. Tonight, I tried to hibernate again and it worked. After a few seconds of hard drive whirring, the CloudBook did indeed power down. So what happened when it woke up? In case you didn’t watch the entire video with a pen in hand to write down the timestamps of major events, here’s what happened:

  • 1:15 from power on to a login prompt
  • After the login prompt, two different error messages appeared on-screen.
    • Volume Control Has Quit Unexpectedly: If you reload a panel object, it will automatically be added back to the panel. Two buttons appeared Don’t Reload and Reload. I hit reload. I have no idea what this error meant and whether it was a reference to the audio volume or to mounting different volumes on the hard drive. However, it didn’t seem to affect anything.
    • Enter password for Default Keyring to Unlock: The application nm-applet (/usr/bin/nm-applet) wants access to the default keyring, but it is locked. I entered my password and this prompt disappeared. Again, I have no idea what it meant or why it appeared when I woke the CloudBook from hibernation.

With the odd error messages, it took a total of 1:55 to wake the computer from hibernation, about a minute less than it took to cold boot.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. smith Says:

    It appears that the first thing I will do when I get my cloudbook is ditch the pre-installed gOS and move to a, dare I say, more stable Windows XP. Hopefully with Win XP cloudbook will be just as fast as Asus eee

  2. MikeZ Says:

    Need info, post, perhaps as a comment here to your own blog the output of this command line command:
    uname -a

    “suspend” is “suspend to ram”
    “hibernate” is “suspend to disk” – specifically, the swap partition (or file)

    To clear or recover from a bad suspend to disk –
    enter “single user” (recovery) mode –
    find what device(s) is your swap partition by: cat /etc/fstab
    first column is device, third column will say “swap”
    clear the prior suspend information by:
    mkswap the_device_name_just_ found

    Say, “thank you, Everex” at least three times, reboot, continue

  3. oscar Says:

    stuck key on the kbd?

  4. Peter Says:

    I think it’s not a gOs problem, and WinXP will take as long as gOs to boot up. Don’t expect Cloudbook to be as fast as eee just by installing another os.

  5. Bri Says:

    The second message about default keyring is used to store your WEP or WPA key, and it would need that so that it would connect back to the internet (standard on Ubuntu) I hope you do have time to put a different Linux OS on it (perhaps duel boot). Thank again

  6. Mike Cane Says:

    @ Peter: Wouldn’t XP offer real — and useful — Suspend and Hibernate modes?

  7. Khan Says:

    I was working on my Dell Inspiron Laptop when it suddenly showed the message “hibernating” on its screen and shut down. I tried to start it again but it did not worked. AC Adapter was plugged in and charging was on. After hibernating it is not starting again and even charging LED is not blowing. Please help me to overcome this problem..

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