thank you for replying to my post, but after some fiddling around, i ended up making a modification in the BIOS settings under the Power Management Settings, and chose the "S3 Only" option under allowed sleep modes (vs S1 only, or "auto). I also went into the windows control manager - Power Configuration, and disabled the "hybrid Sleep" mode (which inadvertently enabled "Hibernate" in my start menu ... another quirk i had noticed, that it was absent before ....). This seemed to do the trick, i am now able suspend the computer and wake it immediately w/out issues. I do not know which of these fixed it, but i suspect it is most likely the latter (power config control pane, vs BIOS). perhaps later I'll isolate it to a particular root cause (or not ...).
problem solved. this was the ONLY issue i've had with this PC. for those of you considering a Solid state drive and in particular, a SATA III one like this, i HIGHLY recommend it. i was able to install windows 7 professional 64 bit in under 15 minutes ... ! the PC boots from cold start in less then about 40 seconds.