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Fun with computers.
#1
Fun with computers.
Sometimes a simple reboot fixes things. My speakers went out, although the icon on the tool bar said they were full volume. So I rebooted, didn't fix it. Then I went to settings, audio and "troubleshoot", checked the system, tried again, still nothing.

So then I went and cleared all my cookies, cache, still nothing. But at the same time forgot, that by clearing all that, it logs you out of the websites you are on. I have several passwords on different sites of course, and cant always remember them exactly. 

Anywho, I finally did an update on Windows/DELL, rebooted, and my speakers finally started working again. But then it took me another half hour to log back into everything trying to remember my passwords.

The entire ordeal started when my friend on FB called me on a voice chat, but I could not hear him.  From that moment to the time I finally fixed everything, it took me an hour and a half.

I feel lucky though. Many people are not techies, and would take it to a repair shop, or even toss it and buy a new computer.
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#2
RE: Fun with computers.
(October 20, 2020 at 10:05 am)Brian37 Wrote: Sometimes a simple reboot fixes things. My speakers went out, although the icon on the tool bar said they were full volume. So I rebooted, didn't fix it. Then I went to settings, audio and "troubleshoot", checked the system, tried again, still nothing.

So then I went and cleared all my cookies, cache, still nothing. But at the same time forgot, that by clearing all that, it logs you out of the websites you are on. I have several passwords on different sites of course, and cant always remember them exactly. 

Anywho, I finally did an update on Windows/DELL, rebooted, and my speakers finally started working again. But then it took me another half hour to log back into everything trying to remember my passwords.

The entire ordeal started when my friend on FB called me on a voice chat, but I could not hear him.  From that moment to the time I finally fixed everything, it took me an hour and a half.

I feel lucky though. Many people are not techies, and would take it to a repair shop, or even toss it and buy a new computer.

If it happens again, try just restarting your computer.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Fun with computers.
(October 20, 2020 at 10:21 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(October 20, 2020 at 10:05 am)Brian37 Wrote: Sometimes a simple reboot fixes things. My speakers went out, although the icon on the tool bar said they were full volume. So I rebooted, didn't fix it. Then I went to settings, audio and "troubleshoot", checked the system, tried again, still nothing.

So then I went and cleared all my cookies, cache, still nothing. But at the same time forgot, that by clearing all that, it logs you out of the websites you are on. I have several passwords on different sites of course, and cant always remember them exactly. 

Anywho, I finally did an update on Windows/DELL, rebooted, and my speakers finally started working again. But then it took me another half hour to log back into everything trying to remember my passwords.

The entire ordeal started when my friend on FB called me on a voice chat, but I could not hear him.  From that moment to the time I finally fixed everything, it took me an hour and a half.

I feel lucky though. Many people are not techies, and would take it to a repair shop, or even toss it and buy a new computer.

If it happens again, try just restarting your computer.

Boru

That is always my first thing. And I did do that this time too. IE my first sentence. "Sometimes a simple reboot fixes things."

With anything mechanical or with technology, always start with the simplest solution first then work your way through more detailed troubleshooting.

It turned out ultimately a reboot wouldn't have fixed it, which was the first thing I did. I needed updates.

1. Reboot.

If that doesn't work

2. Clear history/cache/cookies then reboot.

3. If that doesn't work, check for updates then reboot.
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#4
RE: Fun with computers.




Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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#5
RE: Fun with computers.
(October 20, 2020 at 10:43 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:



Boru

Ha ha ha ha........ What show is this from? 

Yes, I did, it is always my first default. That doesn't always fix things. Sometimes it does, but not always.
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#6
RE: Fun with computers.
(October 20, 2020 at 10:47 am)Brian37 Wrote:
(October 20, 2020 at 10:43 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:



Boru

Ha ha ha ha........ What show is this from? 

Yes, I did, it is always my first default. That doesn't always fix things. Sometimes it does, but not always.

It’s from ‘The IT Crowd’, just like it says in the video.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Fun with computers.
(October 20, 2020 at 10:52 am)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(October 20, 2020 at 10:47 am)Brian37 Wrote: Ha ha ha ha........ What show is this from? 

Yes, I did, it is always my first default. That doesn't always fix things. Sometimes it does, but not always.

It’s from ‘The IT Crowd’, just like it says in the video.

Boru

Ok, never heard of it before. That is a funny video. 

Long ago as a teen I wasn't as savvy, I had moments like that with technology, like stereos, TVs and computers.

But again, with computers, while rebooting should be your first default, it doesn't always fix things.
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#8
RE: Fun with computers.
The year 2020 is faulty, it will be re booted at midnight tonight
The meek shall inherit the Earth, the rest of us will fly to the stars.

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups

Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling with a pig in mud ..... after a while you realise that the pig likes it!

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#9
RE: Fun with computers.
9 out of 10 times, a reboot fixes whatever issue turns up in a computer/printer/router/sandwich. It's that 1 out of 10 times some troubleshooting is necessary.

Source:
Dude, trust me.
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard P. Feynman
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#10
RE: Fun with computers.
I have automatic updates turned on. Yes, it's a pain having to allow slow, regular reboots to install the updates say, once a month, and sometimes Microsoft throw in a bit of crappy extra software that needs manually uninstalling, but on balance it's still worth going the auto-update route IMO. Fewer serious IT headaches.
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