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Reboot (restarting the computer system) is an all-time techie favorite
suggestion for all sorts of a computer problems. Reboot returns all the
software and most of the hardware to some known initial state, thus
eliminating any intermittent problems.
How to properly reboot a system
If you are troubleshooting some major problem, you sometimes need a
proper reboot procedure.|
- Shut down. Everything.
- Shut down the computer
- Shut down all the peripherals which have their own power.
This includes external hard drives, CDROMs, printers.
- Some say that the component is properly shut down only if
there is a visible discontinuity in its power line. That means
you pull plugs from their outlets for all components.
- Note that LED lights may be still blinking for about a
minute after you cut the power. This is normal.
- Disconnect data cables for all the peripherals you do not
need (read - everything except keyboard, mouse, and monitor).
- If you are going to recover data from the external hard
drive, remove and then reconnect its data cable. Ensure proper
- Turn on.
- Peripherals first. Turn on devices which have their own
power. There should really be a small number of these.
- Once the peripherals are turned on, wait for them to
complete whatever initialization they may need. A couple of
minutes is typically enough.
- Turn on the computer itself.