24 Mar

Basic Troubleshooting Tips Everyone Should Know

    Troubleshooting 101

    It is inevitable that computers will eventually screw up. Maybe you are using a PC from 2008 and just riding on the hope that this ticking time bomb doesn’t self-destruct before you can hit save on that important project. Perhaps you are configuring a sleek, expensive new gaming rig when suddenly you’re stuck with a sinister blank screen. Or you are trying your luck at installing some new software and are greeted with the never-ending spinning pinwheel.

    Our natural instinct is to panic when things go wrong – and with good reason. It looks pretty bad when our entire device is stricken with screen paralysis and we have no way of conducting our normal workflow; our minds typically jump to the worst possible conclusion – did we just make a fatal misstep and somehow caused our computer to become obsolete? How much os this going to cost me?

    Often, these crashes are a lot less serious than they seem. They likely can be remedied with the standard, no-brainer hack – rebooting.

    Rebooting (or restarting) a device can cure a multitude of computer issues such as:

    Agonizingly Slow-Running Computer

    A program on your computer may be exhausting the machine’s resources and causing every other function to become sluggish. A quick restart can get everything back up to speed. Pay careful attention to editing software – anything Adobe usually requires a large amount of your CPU’s power. Web browsers like Google Chrome can also be demanding, especially if you have many extensions installed on your browser.

    The “Cannot Connect To Network” Nightmare

    Unplugging your router and then plugging it back in can resolve a network error with ease. HelpDeskGeek has a great article here that explains all the actions you can take in case unplugging and restarting did not work.

    Frozen, Blank or Chronically Loading Screens

    Whether the problem is caused by a program siphoning memory or code getting tangled in an erroneous trap – what is needed most is a system refresh. Restarting can alleviate the issue. Even if this solution is temporary and a greater issue exists within the device, users can at least carry on with daily activities until things can be investigated further.

    Don’t Panic

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