Technical Tip Thursday: Why Do I Have to Restart My Laptop to Fix a Problem?
We have all been there. Your computer is not working. You have a black or blue screen, or your computer simply will not operate. What is the first thing you get asked?
*Have you restarted your computer?
Why are you asked to do this? It is crazy how this simple trick can fix most problems.
According to the article, "Why Restart Is Required? How does Restarting a Computer Fix Most Problems,"When different programs are used, they use your computer’s RAM. The operating system of your PC itself keeps using RAM. But, when the operating system reaches its hardware limitations, it causes problems. This can result in freezing of programs, frequent crashes, overheating, slugging performance, etc. Such problems are easily solved by a simple restart" (Fossbytes).
What are some other troubleshooting ideas?
Here are some ideas from our awesome technicians:
*From Trevor- "Sometimes the built-in troubleshooter might surprise you. Use it if you're having internet connectivity issues or other problems."
*From Chandler- "If a laptop won't turn on, try removing the battery and wall plug. Then hold down the power for 30 seconds. Replace battery/charger and try turning on again."
*From Martin- "Unplug your device and plug it back in. Also, always check cords and make sure they are tight. You can also uninstall and reinstall program, if program is failing."