General Troubleshooting for Mesa 2

14 Apr 2021

This article walks through basic troubleshooting for the Mesa 2 Windows.

Task Manager

If an application on your Mesa 2 is running slowly or frozen (sometimes at just a black screen), on the hardware keypad press and hold the Windows key while briefly pressing the Power key. This will bring up a blue screen with options including Task Manager.

Open Task Manager and end task on the frozen application.


If the Mesa 2 is unresponsive, slow, or programs won’t launch, performing a reset might solve the issue. You might be asked to perform a reset when an application is installed.

CAUTION: Be aware that during a reset, applications are closed, and unsaved data is lost.

Soft Reset

To reset your Mesa 2, go to the Start menu, select the power symbol, and select restart.

If the Mesa 2 is completely stuck and won’t respond or you cannot get to the Start menu, hold the power key down for five seconds to see if that solves it. If that doesn’t work, hold it down for 10 seconds. This causes a hardware shutoff. Press the power button again to power it on.

Hard Reset

If the soft reset doesn't work, hold the power button down for 20 seconds. The batteries will electrically disconnect from the tablet, causing a complete shutdown. If you are in the field, keep in mind the tablet cannot be powered on again until it is plugged in with the AC wall charger. 

Caution: Holding the power button down for 20 seconds for a forced disconnect is recommended only as a last resort. Forcing the power off causes all unsaved data to be lost and corrupts active data transfers to storage.

Factory Reset

To restore the Mesa 2 back to the factory defaults,

  1. Ensure the tablet is plugged in.
  2. Go to the Start Menu.
  3. Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
  4. Under "Reset this PC" tap Get Started.
  5. Choose "Keep my files" or "Remove everything" depending on your personal needs. A verification screen will ask you to verify the choice.

The recovery process can take up to 3 hours.

Install Firmware Updates and OS Patches

You can find any new firmware updates and OS patches available in our Downloads section.

Reduce or Reset Data Files

Data files can become too large or corrupted over time. Reducing the size of data files or starting new files may help. More information is available in our article Large Data Files Causing Slow Downs and Lock Ups.

Other Troubleshooting Articles for Mesa 2

Contact Juniper Systems for Advanced Troubleshooting

Contact a representative of Juniper Systems for help performing more advanced troubleshooting by calling 435-753-1881 or emailing

Submit an Order to a Repair Center

Submit the unit to a Repair Center for evaluation.