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A list of troubleshooting guides based on a symptom being experienced.

How To Troubleshoot Beep Codes During Boot
What to do when you hear beep codes after turning on your computer.

How To Troubleshoot Color Issues on the Monitor
Steps to take if the colors are "off" on your monitor or if images are displayed too dark or too bright.

How To Troubleshoot a Noisy Computer Fan
How to narrow down what fan is making noise, and then what to do about it.

How To Troubleshoot a Hard Drive That's Making Noise
Follow these troubleshooting steps if clicking, grinding, or similar noises are coming from the inside of a computer, as it could be an indication of a failing hard drive.

How To Test a Computer Monitor That Won't Display Or Is Not Working
If you think a monitor is functioning properly but nothing is showing up on the screen, follow these troubleshooting steps.

How To Fix a Computer That Shows No Sign of Power
If you turn on your computer and it doesn't power on at all then try some of these easy troubleshooting steps.

How To Fix a Computer That Turns On and Then Immediately Turns Off
A computer that turns off by itself immediately or at some point before the operating system loads could mean anything from a simple electrical short inside your computer to a serious hardware issue. Follow these steps to understand what the problem could be.

How To Troubleshoot an Error Message During Startup
There are lots of error messages that might show up during your computer's startup. Use this troubleshooting guide to figure out what to do about a startup error message.

How To Fix a Computer That Turns On But Displays Nothing On Screen
The most common way that a computer won't turn on is when the PC actually does power on but doesn't display anything on the monitor. If nothing is showing up on your screen then troubleshoot with this guide to find the cause of the problem.

How To Fix a Computer That Turns On But Stops Booting During the POST
Sometimes your computer may actually turn on fine but an error message during the Power On Self Test will stop the boot process. Other times your computer may simply freeze sometime during the POST with no error at all. Fix these problems with these steps.

How To Fix a Computer That Won't Start
Detailed advice on what to do if your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer won't turn on.

How To Troubleshoot Stopping, Freezing, or Reboot Issues During Windows Startup
How to troubleshoot Windows startup issues like freezing, stopping, or continous reboots - called reboot loops. When Windows freezes during startup, or stops or reboots, the problem could involve hardware or software.

How To Troubleshoot a Computer That Repeatedly Returns to Advanced Boot Options
If you can't get in to Safe Mode and keep returning to the same menu over and over again, then try this line of troubleshooting.

How To Troubleshoot Stopping, Freezing, or Reboot Issues During Windows Login
How to troubleshoot Windows stopping, freezing, and reboot issues during the Windows login process. Corrupt Windows files are usually the cause of reboot loops and lock-ups on the login screen or while the Windows desktop is loading.

How To Recover From a Frozen Windows Update Installation
Did your computer freeze while installing Windows Updates? See how to escape a locked-up Windows update installation with this troubleshooting guide.

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