[Ed note] This is Spazz’s first post for Windows Guides. We’d like to officially welcome him.
Being new to the writer’s side of things, suddenly you realize how difficult it is to think of something to write. I suddenly got a great deal of respect for writers. Thinking it over many times, I simply couldn’t think of anything, then it happened…
Inserting my flash drive into my PC at work last week and getting the error message that it was not recognized. I found this strange. Then after removing it from the PC, I kept getting the message and it just simply wouldn’t go away. Now my PC remains on and logged in for weeks at a time. This problem bugged me as I knew I encountered it before, but couldn’t quite place my finger on it.
I Google’d the problem and found the simplest answer. By simply switching the PC off, removing the power cord and simulating switching it on without the power cord plugged in, you would remove any “residue” electricity in the electronics of the motherboard, then replacing the power cord and switching it back on properly would solve this irritating problem.
This is a problem easily forgotten.
This reminded me of another problem I encountered twice, with two different versions of Windows. They simply would not log in properly. Whenever you tried, it would just freeze up. On the first occasion, I found by moving it to a different electricity circuit, it would solve this problem. Obviously something had to be wrong with the power supply on this circuits.
The most recent of these two occurrences were with a friend’s PC. He opened a shop and wanted to use his PC in the shop, but could not get Windows XP to log on. I told him to bring the PC to me that evening. It logged on without any problem. The next day he had the problem again at the shop. I told him to take the PC home and try using it there. It has been working without any problem to this very day.
Sometimes strange behaviours may occur like these. Do not rule out your electricity supply as a cause.
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