Why A Reboot is Always the First Step

When you call your tech with a computer, printer, internet, or other types of issues with a device, chances are that we will ask you if you’ve rebooted that device.

Rebooting your device can be compared to garbage disposal. You can only put so much food waste in there before you have to run the disposal. If you don’t run it, it gets clogged, it’s impossible to use the sink, and eventually, it will begin to smell bad!

Your electronic devices are very much the same. They need the occasional reset in order to continue functioning properly. Rebooting or Power Cycling your device will clear out all of the garbage and in return, your data will flow more efficiently.

What Devices Should Be Reset or Rebooted?

Any electronic device that processes information should be rebooted on a regular basis. Here is a partial list:

  • Computers and laptops
  • Smart Phones
  • Copiers, scanners, and printers
  • Internet routers and cable boxes
  • Smart Watches
  • Smart TVs
  • Docking Stations
  • Bluetooth devices

What Does a Reboot Do?

Flushes RAM: The most important thing that a reboot does is flush out your RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is basically temporary storage that your device uses as you access different applications and do different functions. Your RAM is temporary and acts as a go-between between your input device (mouse, keyboard, touch screen) and your Hard drive. Because it is temporary, RAM is completely erased when you turn your computer off.

Solves Connection Issues: Often a Bluetooth or USB wireless device issue can be resolved by restarting the device. Why? Because of the RAM being reset, but also because it has a fresh look at available devices. Say you’ve been working at 3 different locations in the past 2 days. You’re exposing your devices to multiple wifi networks and configurations. A reboot will clear all of those items out and start with only the ones you need.

Corrects Glitches: For multiple reasons, a glitch can be corrected with a simple reboot. If your screen is freezing at a specific point, it could be a glitch that can be resolved with a reboot.

Performance Speeds up: Rebooting helps to keep your device running smoothly and efficiently. A reboot helps to “clear the cobwebs” and get your machine running much more efficiently.

Installs updates: Your computer is not the only device that has updates. Firmware updates can be available for devices that don’t even have a display screen! Did you know that your docking stations for your laptop need to be rebooted on occasion to get firmware updates? Crazy, huh? A reboot of that device will check for updates and install them.

A Reboot Does Not Fix Everything

Of course, not every issue will be resolved with a reboot! A Reboot is just our first step in troubleshooting most things. Often, it can resolve small issues. Go ahead and give it a try next time you have a problem. But, if it doesn’t resolve your issue, we’re just a phone call away!

About Harbor Computer Services

Harbor Computer Services is an IT firm servicing Southeastern Michigan. We work exclusively under contract with our clients to provide technology direction and either become the IT department or provide assistance to the internal IT they already have. We have won many awards for our work over the years, including the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2010. Most recently we were recognized as one of the top MSP’s in the nation by ChannelFutures coming in at #40 nationwide. And in 2016 as the top Michigan IT firm for Manufacturing. There are a few simple things that make Harbor Computer Services the best choice for your business. •We are Professionals •We are Responsible •We care about your business

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