What Do I Do with My Galaxy Tab when….? - dummies

What Do I Do with My Galaxy Tab when….?

By Dan Gookin

Usually your Samsung Galaxy Tab will just keep on keepin’ on without a hitch. But now and then, it can stop working — sometimes for no apparent reason. These are some quick hints for the annoying things that can go wrong with your Tab.

“I can’t turn the Tab on (or off)!”

Yes, sometimes the Galaxy Tab locks up. If you press and hold the Power button for about 8 seconds, the Tab turns either off or on, depending on which state it’s in.

Sometimes a program can lock the Galaxy Tab so tight that the 8-second Power switch trick doesn’t work. In that case, wait 12 minutes or so, just letting the Tab sit there and do nothing. Then press and hold the Power button for about 8 seconds, and it turns itself back on.

“The touchscreen doesn’t work!”

A touchscreen, such as the one used on the Galaxy Tab, requires a human finger for proper interaction. The Tab interprets the static potential between the human finger and the device to determine where the touchscreen is being touched.

You cannot use the touchscreen when you’re wearing gloves, unless they’re specially designed, static-carrying gloves that claim to work on touchscreens.

The touchscreen might also fail when the battery power is low or when the Galaxy Tab has been physically damaged.

“The battery doesn’t charge!”

Start from the source: Is the wall socket providing power? Is the cord plugged in? The cable may be damaged, so try another cable.

When charging from a USB port on a computer, ensure that the computer is turned on. Most computers don’t provide USB power when they’re turned off.

“The Tab gets so hot that it turns itself off!”

Yikes! An overheating gadget can be a nasty problem. Judge how hot the Galaxy Tab is by seeing whether you can hold it in your hand: When it’s too hot to hold, it’s too hot. If you’re using the Galaxy Tab to cook an egg, it’s too hot.

Turn off the Galaxy Tab and let the battery cool.

If the overheating problem continues, have the Galaxy Tab looked at for potential repair. The battery might need to be replaced, and there’s no way to remove and replace the Galaxy Tab battery by yourself.

Do not continue to use any gizmo that’s too hot! The heat damages the electronics. It can also start a fire.

“The Tab doesn’t do Landscape mode!”

Not every app takes advantage of the Galaxy Tab’s ability to orient itself in Landscape mode, or even upside-down mode. For example, many games set their orientations one way and refuse to change, no matter how you hold the Tab. So, just because the app doesn’t go into Landscape mode, that doesn’t mean anything is broken.

Confirm that the orientation lock isn’t on: Pull up the notifications and touch the Quick Settings button at the top of the notification panel. Ensure that the Auto-Rotate Screen item is on; otherwise, the screen doesn’t reorient itself.