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Laptop apprears to go into sleep mode while I'm using it

I have a Toshiba Satellite P205 with Windows Vista. While I am using the computer, it appears to go into sleep mode, but I cannot turn it back on. The screen goes blank, but it's still lit up so it's not completely black. The hard drive light is not blinking so I assume the computer is no longer running but I am not certain. I just bought the laptop and thought it must be a lemon so I exchanged it for another and the new one is doing the same thing. It is literally shutting down while I am using it so it can't actually be going into sleep mode and I changed sleep mode settings to not be activated for 45 minutes. Any thoughts?

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  • bob_Atlanta Jan 28, 2008

    Yeah, I have the same problem with my Toshiba Satellite P205D-S882 which I bought a few weeks back (Jan 2008).

    I just bought a chill fan today to see if it'll fix it.

    Please let me know if anyone has any insight into this issue.

    Bob from Atlanta

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Goes right into some form of sleep/hibernate mode while I am using it. Thought it was maybe the website I was using until it has happened continually. Called Toshiba support and yeah they were not any help. Told me to take out the battery to reset it; reboot with the recovery disks. It did not help. Any help????

  • JYoda Feb 13, 2008

    I have the same problem and no it is not the battery or charger problem. I have done everything possible (just short of taking it back to bestbuy); reformatted, checked the ram by removing and reinstalling, ran McAfee, etc.

    Does anyone have a solution to the problem? It is going into hibernate mode for certain with no way of unlocking it without powering it off then back on again. Sucks when you are using it for work documents!!

    Bob, did the cool fan work?

  • trace72 Feb 24, 2008

    Yes - please help exactly the same and I am about ready to throw the damn thing. I just bought it 3 days ago.

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    I have the same problem with model Satellite P200D (PSPBLC-FT608C)I

    I read on Toshiba Web site that it might be the BIOS version

  • tamille Mar 26, 2008

    I just purchased a Toshiba Satellite P205D-S7802 two days ago (Best Buy) and I have the same problem with the monitor appearing to go into sleep mode. I've read several blogs with customers making even exchanges only to have the same thing happen again. I have a gut instinct to return it for another brand. The only problem is they don't have another 17" at that same price ($799), and they'll probably charge me a restocking fee. I need a laptop for online classes, and I cant afford to lose anything that I'm working on. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please advise. Thanks. P.S. Toshiba support offered none (support that is).

  • EKREMSKY Apr 22, 2008

    I have the same problem with P200D-A210,appered after 2 days,when laptop hibernates,it cannot be turned on,here is my solution:when I plug out the charger and push hibernate everything is ok,only when powering on the charger must be plugged out too,plug in the charger when laptop starts.This is temporary solution,but works,I will buy usb HDD,backup everything there and then return it to service for repair,I think it is a MOTHERBOARD problem,not OS or BIOS problem,because i did all this stuff and didn't worked...

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    same exact thing as above... brand new laptop, has been doing it since i got it, exchanged it and the new one does the same thing.



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To my knowledge it could be hibernate mode for laptops to save battery life when not plugged into the wall, try pressing the power button, my Compaq did that too. Also don't hold down the power button as after 5 seconds it just shuts off the laptop, unless you wanna do that.

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How do you fix/download the bios update if it keeps going into sleep mode?

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I found that my laptop was over heating and going into sleep mode. I purchased a heat dispersion pad and that seems to have resolved the issue.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

Toshiba has an update to fix this on their support site

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My toshiba laptop keeps going into sleep mode whilst im on it working, ive took it back to the supplier who said they had fixed it! i need to resolve this!

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Here is the solution, Toshiba website has a Bios fix for this exact fault, the description is the same.
The link below will take you to the Toshiba website and choose you model and download...... Simple

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