Windows Vista or Windows XP: Patch to fix "black screen on resuming Hibernation" on multiprocessor computer - KB951126

If you’ve a multiprocessor (32 processors) computer running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you might have faced problems, when you tries to resume the computer from hibernation (S4), in this scenario, the computer stops responding on a black screen. A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem […]

If you’ve a multiprocessor (32 processors) computer running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you might have faced problems, when you tries to resume the computer from hibernation (S4), in this scenario, the computer stops responding on a black screen.

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows Vista service pack that contains this hotfix.

Generally marked with the reference Blue Screen of Death, the stop errors causing the operating system  to
shut down, or restart the machine in order to prevent damage, and the critical system errors in Windows have reached a status of ubiquity and even managed to spawn derivations such as the Black Screen of Death.

Used in reference with the Reduced Functionality Mode introduced in Windows Vista as a direct result of the Windows Genuine Advantage mechanism detecting a non-genuine copy of the operating system, the Black Screen of Death is in fact a multifaceted labeled which can successfully be used for both Vista SP1 and XP SP3. According to Microsoft, both Vista and XP, updated with SP1 and SP3 respectively, are susceptible under the right configuration to enter into a coma and prevent any access from the end user.

"Consider the following scenario, you have a multiprocessor computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows XP, the computer has exactly 32 processors and you resume the computer from hibernation (S4)," Microsoft said. The Redmond company revealed that, in this case, either XP SP3 or Vista SP1 running on multiprocessor machines will stop respond and present the user with a black screen. The Black Screen of Death is displayed upon the resume from hibernation action. Such a process will successfully block Vista SP1 and XP SP3, the operating systems requiring a restart in order to regain functionality.

Microsoft KB article

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