Restarting fixes a lot of electronic woes


It’s proving to be the solution to a great assortment of electronic maladies: the restart.

You turn something off and then, after a minute or two, turn it back on again. Or, when an on-off switch doesn’t exist, you unplug, wait, and plug back in.

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It’s so simple, yet I often forget to go that route, and instead opt for more complicated fix-it efforts.

These are some of the things that a restart has fixed for me in recent months:

An iPhone that wouldn’t connect to a cellular signal.

An iPhone with a battery that drained superfast. (To restart an iPhone, you hold the round home button and the power button at the top edge at the same time for several seconds until a power-off slider appears; then you slide.)

A printer that refused to print.

A digital video recorder that suddenly wouldn’t record.

A Wi-Fi router extender that wouldn’t activate.

A profile that wouldn’t come up on the family’s shared desktop computer.

And the cable company’s Internet modem. Its settings can be called up via web browser on a computer, but the “can’t be found” message kept appearing. I fussed with cable connections and computer preferences, and even hooked up another computer to no avail. Then, I finally remembered. Try something simple. It worked. 

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