Restarting your computer
There are three levels of severity of impact to the computer
when talking about restarting. They are as follows:
- Software shutdown. This is where you shut the computer down by way of the
keyboard using the Start button. An alternative is to use the three fingered
salute, the Ctrl, Alt and then the Delete button.
- Hardware reset. Used where the computer is unresponsive. Use either
the reset button on the front of your computer (the button besides the power
on) or hold the power on button in for five seconds (or until you hear it start
- Complete power down. When having extreme problems, sometimes it's the best
thing to shut the computer down if you can, and then completely remove all
power. If you have a switch on the back of your computer, turn it off then
back on after 30 seconds. If not, either turn off the power strip, surge
protector or unplug the computer from the wall outlet for 30 seconds.