Did you turn it off and on again?

~Did you turn it off and on again?

Now let’s think about that question for a minute…

It might seem like an odd question, but it is generally the number one fix for a lot of issues with computers today, and not just your old-fashioned desktop computers.  This question can also relate to new technologies such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  A simple task such as turning the device off, and turning it back on after 15 secs. or so can fix a lot of issues.  Seems to be a funny way of fixing something.  You may ask yourself, how can simply turning a computer off and on again fix anything related to a computer?

One of the reasons for this is MEMORY… Random Access Memory to be exact, better known as RAM.  RAM is what the computer uses as temporary storage space, and a working space for the operating system and its applications.  RAM is considered to be volatile memory, and all information that is stored in memory is lost when power is removed.  The operating system, and its applications can sometimes overuse the memory that it has available to them.  If this is the case it can generate fatal errors and cause the OS or applications to freeze, rebooting will generally fix these issues.

In most cases rebooting your computer will fix issues with memory, and is the most common and usually the first step in troubleshooting computer issues.  However, if your computer issue is not fixed further investigation will need to be done to resolve the issue.

So the next time your computer is acting up and you call your resident IT Technician for assistance stay one step ahead, and reboot your computer.  Who knows maybe they will thank you for it…

NewTechieGirl

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