Troubleshooting is a difficult task. Just ask any IT professional or electrical engineer. But it doesn't have to be that way! If you follow these 8 EASY steps, troubleshooting will become as painless as possible.
Step One: Identify the Problem
This is probably one of the most important steps in troubleshooting. If you can't identify what's wrong, how are you supposed to fix it? The problem should be located by asking a few questions like "What changed?" or "What did I do?" and then reexamining all your systems for errors. Chances are good that once you find out what went wrong, solving it will be easy!
The key here is to get an accurate list of everything that happened leading up to the error so there aren't any confounding variables such as system conflicts. Remember - don't skip this step.
Step Two: Check the Log
It's always a good idea to check the log for any errors or warnings that happened before, during, and after this particular error. This is one of the first things I do when troubleshooting because it usually points you straight to what went wrong. Logs are most often found in system-specific locations such as C:\Windows\System32 on Windows systems. For Linux/Unix systems, they're typically located at /var/log/. The logs can also be accessed by using command line utilities like "tail" (on Unix) and "Event Viewer" (on Windows).
Step Three: Check Connections
This step might not seem necessary if your problem doesn't involve connectivity - but here's why checking connections should always one of the first steps in troubleshooting.
Sometimes, your computer can't connect to a remote server or service because of an external issue like network congestion. Connections can also be blocked if you're running antivirus/firewall software on the system and have configured it incorrectly - which is why this step should always come before trying any other solution that could introduce new problems into the mix. If they are getting through, connectivity issues might point to hardware or driver issues with your networking card or cables (this usually points back toward Step One).
Step Four: Check System Settings
If everything seems straight-forward so far but still isn't working correctly, try checking any settings for components that may affect how things work together such as power management options (PCs).
Step Five: Use a process of elimination
If you've tried all the steps above and things still aren't working, it's time to use a process of elimination. Start by checking your cables again - this is usually where people get stuck before realizing they were plugging them in wrong or that one end was loose/broken. Then check any settings for components like power management options and networking cards (or even video drivers) which might affect how other parts work together. If everything looks good so far but still isn't solving anything, try uninstalling software one at a time until the system starts behaving correctly again."
Step Six: Have a duplicate system for troubleshooting
If you're in a business environment and have the possibility to do so, it's always wise to keep another duplicate system that is configured identically. This way if something starts going wrong on your primary workstation or server, you can start troubleshooting from scratch with no fear of damaging anything by accident. It might also be good practice for home users who would like backups without having to sacrifice their current PC hardware."
Step Seven: Improve Security Settings- Quickly!
It may not seem obvious at first glance, but security settings are often overlooked when trying to diagnose problems because they don't directly lead back into diagnosing software issues - until now! If there's been any malware or hacking attempt around the time periods where these.
Step Eight: Know when to quit and call for help
The last and most important step is to know when you need to call in professional assistance. If the troubleshooting steps above have not been able to solve your issue within a reasonable amount of time, then it's always best practice to give up on solo efforts."
Hopefully, by following these steps you will be able to find your way out of the nightmare that is troubleshooting. It's best to have a basic knowledge of what you are doing and be familiar with software, but these steps should help even beginners get up to speed quickly."
Finally always take notes while you are troubleshooting. Whether you are troubleshooting a computer, phone or anything else, it is always best practice to take notes while doing so."
If you are a professional keep a knowledge base or journal with troubleshooting steps for a wide variety of issues and various software.
Take notes while troubleshooting, they may be the difference between success and disaster."
"If you are a professional keep knowledge of common problems and solutions that don't require extensive research in order to give fast fixes."
The first thing is always to back up your data before making any changes on your computer or phone. This will help avoid losing hours' worth of work due to something going wrong during the process.
Happy Troubleshooting 🙂