The strategies below are time-tested, practical recipes for troubleshooting. They are presented in no particular order: when troubleshooting an actual problem, don’t expect to go through them serially (although you’re welcome to do that as you’re learning). Once you are familiar with them, you’ll intuitively jump to the one you think is going to have the biggest payoff. Knowing where to start is the “art” in The Art Of Troubleshooting. Also, keep in mind that you might need to combine several strategies to actually fix something. Mix and match as needed! If there’s any “magic” here, it’s that the sum of these very simple ideas will make you a very good troubleshooter indeed.

There are many ways to win the game.


  • Header image: Rothstein, A., photographer. (1942) Instructor and students studying a map, Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Tex. United States, Fort Worth, Texas, 1942. Jan. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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