All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In

A tech (and gardening friend) of mine (Puterguy) sent me this story (actually as a comment on the blog), that compelled me to share his experience with you in hope that it will help someone else.

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Rick: I ran into another first today. I wasn’t sure where to post it so network monitoring sounded kinda close.

Story: The computer was not connecting to the the server and showing a disconnected or low signal.

My first thought was the CAT5 wire was shorting somewhere or a bad network port. After testing the line AND plugging into another CAT5 port that I knew was working, it still failed to connect. I rebooted the computer and the BIOS was set to check for LAN boot and there was a message which said something about Ethernet boot corrupted. Right away I am thinking “bad network card or BIOS corrupted”. I left it boot and logged in to still find the same symptoms. I turned the computer off and started to disconnect everything to swap out the Ethernet card BUT noticed the light on the Ethernet card on. Since the card was “wake on LAN”, I decided to pull the power cord to sorta reboot the Ethernet card. I plugged the computer back in, hit the power button, and TADA, no more issues.

All it took was unplugging the computer and plugging it back in (long story short)…

Be sure to check out Puterguys blog [ click here ] which is a gardening and tech blog mix…  Very unique!

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13 Responses to All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In

  1. This is one of my favorite computer tricks. I just published a computer tip book for teachers (very basic, things like “headphones don’t work? Check the power? Although one of my favorites from a student of mine–Screen on its side? Ctrl+Alt+arrow key) and this is one of the tips that works more often than you’d think.

    Great reminder.

  2. Excuse me gentlemen, but Puterguy, although evidently quite humble about his skills, failed to mention that his experience, knowledge, and reasoning led to him unplugging and replugging the PC. I say it was a great catch by a skilled IT guy.
    Best,
    Paul

  3. Frank says:

    I have seen this happen to Dell systems. Especially their Optiplex series.

  4. Craig says:

    That is normally my first course of action unplug everything and reboot. Its surprising how often it works!

  5. midmented says:

    Gateway – Profile series. This model also has a tendency to give an error on the monitor of “Frequency out of range” when there has been a power interruption. When our facility does generator testing to insure we have backup power when an outage occurs, there is a 2 to 3 second delay in the power changeover. It only happens to 1 or 2 computers during generator testing and it may be totally different computers each time.
    To fix the issue, again, unplugging the computer and plugging it back in fixes the problem. Every computer has surge protection and the only solution I’ve found OTHER than unplugging the computer is to use a battery backup.

  6. Jason H says:

    To add to the trick, unplug the computer’s power cable and press the power button. It will drain everything (capacitors) trying to start up but without the juice behind it.
    Plug the power cord back in and press the power button again to boot it up.

    I’ve seen this as necessary on some HPs that get it past a red blinking light state.

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