I think I have finally characterized a nasty problem with hibernation. It occurs on two different Windows laptops, with different versions of XP running on them. They are current, patch wise. Here are the steps to reproduce the mess.
- Have your laptop working with an ethernet network cable attached to it. Make sure traffic can flow through this connection.
- Without disconnecting the ethernet cable first, cause the laptop to hibernate.
- Then, resume the laptop from hibernation without connecting the ethernet cable.
At this point you will have to reboot.
Why is this?