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The next two lists are "editorial comments" to be deleted after resolution.

Potential illustrations:

  • A sketch (block diagram) showing the interconnection of monitor, computer, power strip, mouse, keyboard, and (optional) external modem
  • Should we show connections to an internal modem
  • Or, should all discussion of a modem be put off for "later"
  • A picture of the back of several (?) computers showing the connectors? At what scale (so they can count the pins, or just to get an idea where they are?
  • A picture of a monitor showing its on/off switch, possibly with a finger on it.
  • Perhaps several other pictures showing alternate types and locations of monitor switches

  • A picture of a computer showing its on/off switch, possibly with a finger on it.
  • Perhaps several other pictures showing alternate types and locations of computer switches

Other things to consider:

  • Doesn't cover turning on an external modem
  • Would it be better to focus on turning on the power strip, with everything plugged into the power strip with switches in the on position? _Even if we don't, I think we should talk about the power cables being plugged into the power strip and that being plugged into the wall, instead of talking about, e.g., the monitor power cable being plugged into the wall.


Turn the Workstation On

Now that you have assembled all the hardware, connected all the cables, it is time to turn on the monitor and computer using their Power Buttons.

Turn the Monitor On

First, turn on the monitor. The Power Button for the monitor should be on the front of the monitor, down in the lower right corner. There may be other buttons or dials on your monitor. These other buttons and dials are used to change the monitors settings. Right now, just find the Power Button.

Some monitors have a switch instead of a button. The switch may be on the side or on the back of the monitor. If your monitor has a switch, flip the switch now. If it has a button, press the button.


You should hear a sound that the monitor has turned on and may even see a green light on the front of the monitor. If you do not see a light or hear a sound, or you do not think the monitor turned on, double check the power cord connection into the monitor and into the power outlet on the wall. If the cord looks like it is plugged into the monitor properly and into the wall outlet, try a different wall outlet. You may also want to test the wall outlet by plugging in a lamp or some other electrical device to make sure the outlet is working. Also, double check that any switches that control power to the outlet are turned on. If you are using a power strip, make sure the power strip is turned on.

Turn the Computer On

Now that the monitor is on, let's power up the computer. The computer Power Button is usually on the front of the computer. Sometimes the Power Button may be on top of the computer case. The Power Button is usually the largest button visible. Look at the picture below and find the button that looks the same on your computer.

You may see a second or third button on the computer. These buttons may be smaller than the Power Button. The second button, usually under the Power Button is typically the Reset Button. The Reset Button is used when you want to quickly power off and restart your computer.

Don't Press Reset

Be careful with the Reset Button. Only use the Reset Button if your system is frozen or your computer says it is okay to power down or halt the computer.

Never press the Reset or Power Button while the computer is running. You could lose data or damaged the software on your computer. Later we will discuss how to properly shut down the system, but for now, keep this in mind.

When you press the Power Button, you should hear the computer start up. You may hear a beep or the a noise that sounds like a fan running. This may be followed by some clicks and more beeps. You should also see some lights turn on. In a few seconds, you should see your monitor screen come to life with letters and numbers or maybe a logo.


If your computer does not seem to turn on (i.e.; you do not hear any noise or see any lights), make sure the power cord is plugged into the computer and into the wall outlet properly. Try plugging the computer into another outlet and/or test the outlet with another electrical device like a lamp or clock. If you are using a power strip, make sure the power strip is turned on.

If the computer turns on, but you do not see anything appear on the monitor screen, make sure the monitor is turned on. If the monitor is turned on, check the connection from the monitor to the back of the computer. Make sure the monitor connector is plugged into the video card and that the connector is screwed in tight.

If you still do not see anything on the monitor, shut the computer of f and back on again. Listen for any beeps. If you hear a log beep followed by two short beeps, and see nothing on the monitor, this usually means there is a problem with the video card and you will need to get the computer looked out by a technician.

If the computer turns on and you see stuff on the monitor, you should be ready to go on to actually using the computer.

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  • () DannWashko - 08 Jan 2003
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Topic revision: r1 - 2003-03-17 - RandyKramer
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