There are a variety of reasons you may need to reboot a
These can include the installation of a new program, the
dreaded blue screen of death or to free up memory that has been hijacked by a
program that is now closed.
There are three ways to reboot and all are simple to
Click on your start menu button on your screen.
Click on "Shut Down" or "Turn Off
Click on the drop down box if you are running a version of Windows before XP
(such as 2000 or 98). Select the "Restart" option and then click
"OK." On XP or later versions, click on "Restart."
The laptop will then reboot.
Press and hold down the
"Alt," "Ctrl" and "Shift" keys simultaneously.
This will bring up the Task Manager.
Pressing and holding the same keys again will force the
computer to shut down.
Press the power button to reboot the computer.
This feature should be used when the mouse has stopped
working and you cannot access the start button.
Hold the power button in the "Off" position for
approximately 5 seconds.
This will force the machine to shut down.
Press or slide the button again to reboot the laptop.
Use this process when you get the "blue screen of
death" or the computer is not responding to either the mouse or the
can be caused by a number of things
all power and data leads from motherboard to hard drive and all of your cd/dvd
drives make sure connections are secure dust free and not faulty
need all power and data to travel through every working device and to finish
any faulty lead will end in computer error or shutdown / fail to boot or to
reboot on a cylce
sure your computers RAM modules are securely seated with no dust in the sockets
also the Cmos battery has charge and seated with no dust in the sockets
motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in
be getting hot check your CPU make sure it has a thermal paste and a dust free
and secure seating
be a memory dump you might be running to many programs at the one time placing
to much strain on the CPU you might not have enough RAM random access memory
If you get your computer running to get a screen or even do it in
your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen
is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard
and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer
If done properly the user should
get to a screen similar to the below screen.
Select the option for Safe mode
command prompt only
Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to
move the highlight to your choice.
select the safe mode option
You might have to many programs trying to or accessing the
internet at the same time
scroll to bottom toolbar
(bottom of screen) right click select task manager
applications you will see whats running
if you see anything you dont need running select end now and you might uninstall that specific
program if you or computer does not require it to run and
some unnecessary programs that could be jamming up your computer
also under processes see what is ticking over in the background
again if you see something you
dont need to be running select end now and users you will see who
is using your computer
you might need to add more computer ram
you're not sure if a module is right for your system use the
Crucial Memory Advisor tool
for a list of guaranteed compatible modules.
purchasing any ram you should always ask if they can guarantee
first you will need to
select the manufacturer from a drop down list then select your product line
from a drop
down list then select the model then click find it will take you directly to
compatible ram also you will have an option to scan your system
might be getting hot
check you CPU make sure its securely seated and has
it might be a virus right click in
bottom toolbar select task manager applications to see what is running and
processes to see what is ticking over
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