excuse me if there is a thread on this; I'm sure there is. after going about a day without using my laptop (inspiron 1525, vista home basic), I turned it on about an hour ago and it was unusually slow. it took about 2 minutes to get to "resuming windows..." just before the login screen. I had this "resuming windows..." message for about 10 minutes before deciding to turn it off and back on. startup speed was normal the time, but just before the login screen it stopped again, this time with the message "hibernating...". I waited, turned it off and on again, and it was the same thing. I unwisely turned it off and on a couple more times. the last time I let it go, and as of now it's been stuck at the "hibernating..." message for over 30 minutes. the loading bar is spinning, and the hard drive is showing a small amount of activity, but I'm not sure what's going on. I'm home this weekend from school, where I have the instruction packet and everything, so that's why I came here. I haven't tried booting in safe mode as I'm afraid to. thanks for any answers.