Make Sure It’s Broke Before You Spend Time Fixing It

By | March 3, 2019
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Make Sure It’s Broke Before You Spend Time Fixing It

Here’s are two quick and easy tips that we’ll be you will use, “…maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. And for the rest of your life…” 

Anyone who uses a computer knows they will have problems from time to time. It’s expected. It’s the nature of the beast. We’re here to remind you that if your computer starts having problems, the first thing you should do is make sure there’s something really wrong with before you shove off on a time-consuming quest to fix it.

Here are two things you should always try as soon as you notice something’s not right with your computer:

1. Restart your computer.

As silly and simple as that sounds, restarting your computer can correct a lot of minor temporary errors and put your computer back on track. It won’t work every time, but it’s the first thing you should try if something isn’t right with your computer.

And… if restarting it does not work, we have one more simple thing you should do before you go off searching for help and fixes.

2. Shut down your computer completely.

Make sure all power is off and all power lights are off. Wait five minutes and then turn your computer back on. 

You’ll find the second method successful many times if simply restarting your computer doesn’t work.

Now, we’re not here to convince you that these two simple tricks will fix all your problems and assuage all your computer woes – they won’t. But many times restarting your computer or shutting your computer down and waiting for a few minutes before restarting, can correct many minor, yet annoying errors. And since it does not take much time or effort to try one or both of these tips, there’s no reason not to give them a try. We’ve seen restarting and shutting down the computer and waiting a few minutes before powering it back on, work many times on our own computers and on other folks’ PCs as well.  

And this trick also extends to other electronic devices – tablets, smartphones, streaming devices, etc. Sometimes the best fix is the simplest – just restart the device. It works more often than you think.

7 thoughts on “Make Sure It’s Broke Before You Spend Time Fixing It

  1. Carol Ross

    It seems to me that on a laptop, after complete shutdown, then removing the battery also can be of help on occasion.

  2. Ray Dobson

    Shut down your computer, leave it for a couple of minutes then restart. You have given that piece before
    and I now try it when necessary. It works about 90% of the time. Thank you for those words of wisdom.
    Ray Dobson

  3. Jason Miller

    I remember you giving this tip some time ago and have use it on more than a few occasions. It has worked every time.
    You are the greatest. Thank you.

  4. David Norcott

    Have used these tips of yours many times over the years, and the vast majority of times they work successfully to ‘set things straight’ again, and get everything back ‘on track’ !!! Love all your great , helpful info. !! All the very best ! David.

  5. karl kluth

    When nothing else works..restart, shutting off etc…what I do, and this has saved me a couple of times, is to unplug your the power cord from the computer, wait a few minutes plug back in and restart. This method resets the bios or whatever it’s called in Win 10.


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