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troubleshoot
Last modified: Monday, August 02, 2004 

(trub´&l-shoot;´´) (v.) To isolate the source of a problem and fix it, typically through a process of elimination whereby possible sources of the problem are investigated and eliminated beginning with the most obvious or easiest problem to fix.

Usage Note: In the case of computer systems, the term troubleshoot is usually used when the problem is suspected to be hardware-related. If the problem is known to be in software, the term debug is more commonly used.

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Troubleshooting Run-Time Error Messages 
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Describes how to interpret POST (power-on self test) beeps. Covers AMI, Award, and Phoenix BIOSes. From "The PC Guide".

Troubleshooting boot problems
Step-by-step procedure for diagnosing PC boot problems from "The PC Guide".

Troubleshooting Boot-Time Error Messages
Detailed page that describes how to analyze and correct boot problems, including A20 line failures, checksum errors, battery problems, disk problems, and DMA errors. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Floppy Disk Drives
Discusses troubleshooting problems related to the floppy disk drive. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting GPFs (UAEs)
Page from Microsoft's KowledgeBase that describes what causes General Protection Fault (GPF) errors and how to troubleshoot them. Note: A one-time Microsoft registration screen might appear before you can access the Knowledgebase articles.

Troubleshooting Guide
Troubleshooting advice for common PC and Mac hardware and software problems.

Troubleshooting Keyboards
Discusses troubleshooting of problems with keyboards or related to them. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Mice
Discusses troubleshooting of problems with mice or related to them. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Modems
Discusses some basic troubleshooting of problems related to modems. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Monitors
Discusses problems related to the system monitor. Includes information on failure or inproper operation and image quality problems. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Peripheral I/O Ports
Discusses troubleshooting of peripheral I/O ports on the PC including serial and parallel I/O port connections. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Power Sources and Power Protection Devices
Lists some typical problems related to the system power, including external power problems, power protection devices (surge suppressors, UPSes, etc.) and the internal power supply. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting System Instability, Reboots and Crashes
Describes what to do if your PC boots successfully but then suddenly reboots itself or hangs for no apparent reason. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting the Motherboard and System Devices
Focuses on problems related to the motherboard and system devices, including the components of the motherboard, along with system devices such as the cache and I/O buses, the BIOS and CMOS memory, system resources, and features such as Plug and Play. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting the Processor
Looks at problems related to the system processor. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting the System Memory
Describes memory-related problems, referring specifically to the main system memory. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Troubleshooting Video Cards
Lists some typical problems related to video cards. Most of the problems described relate to specific setup issues with the video subsystem. This page is from "The PC Guide."

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