Have you ever been in a situation where your internet, network adapter or other electronic device doesn’t want to cooperate? This may manifest itself in the form of slow run times, lost files, network issues or file corruption. After we’ve exhausted all of our options and have become thoroughly frustrated, we turn to so-called ‘experts’ to see what they have to say about the problem. To our amazement, they ask us if we have “turned the device off and back on.” Chuckling to ourselves, we reach down and follow their instructions, knowing that a solution so simple won’t work for our issue. But to our amazement and disbelief, it does! What the heck just happened?
Why Restarting Your Device Solves Most Issues
The technology that we rely on daily runs off internal software created by the manufacturer called ‘firmware.’ When our devices fail to load correctly, perform slower than usual or give errors to the user, it can often be related to the firmware installed on the device. By unplugging the device and plugging it back in, the firmware is reloaded into the system and begins running more efficiently for the user.
Although this solution may work for short-term issues you have with your device, a firmware update may provide a concrete and lasting solution to the problem. Users can often read the manual their device came with, or reach out to the manufacturer to troubleshoot firmware issues and update the software correctly.
All Devices Are Not Created Equal
Even though it may seem redundant, make sure the device in question is capable of being reset without causing harm to the network. Systems such as corporate networks, hospitals, manufacturing plants, satellite systems and medical devices can cause issues if they go offline abruptly. Always consult with a systems administrator or computer repair specialist before resetting these devices to ensure the safety of others.
Also, abruptly resetting a device may destroy file systems, erase pertinent data and cause workers to lose valuable documents they’ve been working on. Knowing this, we strongly suggest thinking about the ramifications of your actions before considering a reset and ensure a comprehensive data recovery plan in place should this action be required.
Troubleshooting Future Problems
Now that you understand that the hidden power of resetting your system, troubleshooting issues in the future may be somewhat trivial. Also, remind yourself to keep the firmware updated on your current device to avoid future downtime, lagging and file errors.