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Q1:Should I use Dr. Watson, the Task Manager, or the System Restore when a certain program keeps causing my PC to freeze up?
A1: Use all three! If you can duplicate the problem consistently, the Task Manager's graph settings can help you locate resource problems before they get out of hand. You might be running out of memory right before you attempt to start a program that pushes your memory limits over the edge. Dr. Watson is the program that helps you trace problems that have already occurred. When your system freezes, you can be assured that Dr. Watson recorded all your system's information right before the crash so that you or a technical support representative can eliminate the problem. If you cannot correct the problem, you might need to restore your system to a previously working state with System Restore.
Q2:Does my PC have to be turned on for scheduled programs to run?
A2: Yes, but you can keep your monitor turned off to save on your electric bill. The monitor consumes the majority of power in a typical PC system, so you can turn off your monitor when you're not using the PC but leave your PC running so that you won't have to restart your PC the next time you need to use the computer. If you have a laser printer, you should turn it off as well because laser printers also consume a lot of power.


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