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BoSD…One error you don’t want to see!

The Blue Screen of Death, or known as a STOP error is the last thing any user wants to see. For the unenlightened I simply talking about when your computer stops working and sooner or later you see a big blue screen pop up with an error script. It usually starts with about five to six zeros and turns into gibberish as it progresses. Below I’ve shown what this all looks like:

bluescreenofdeath

Anyway, most people will simply sigh and go and take it into the nearest computer repair shop. Then there are those of us who are just not satisfied to leave it at that, and want to fix the damn thing our self! So here is how you’d go about it. The following information was taken from this link: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/stoperrors Hopefully you’ll also find it useful if you are technologically inclined.

  1. The most important STOP error troubleshooting step you can take is to ask yourself what you just did.

Did you just install a new program or a piece of hardware, update a driver, install an update, etc.? If so, there’s a very good chance that the change you made caused the STOP error.

Undo the change you made and test for the blue screen. Depending on what change you made, some solutions might include:

    • Startup with Last Known Good Configuration to undo recent registry and driver changes.
    • Use System Restore to undo recent system changes.
    • Rollback device driver to version prior to your driver update.
  1. Verify that a minimum amount of free space is available on your Windows partition. STOP messages and other serious issues, like data corruption, can occur if there’s not enough free space on your primary partition used for the Windows operating system.

I recommend that you maintain at least 200MB of free space.

Scan your computer for viruses. Some viruses can cause STOP errors, especially ones that infect the master boot record (MBR) or boot sector.

Important: Make sure your virus scanning software is completely up to date and that it’s configured to scan the MBR and boot sector.

  1. Apply all available Windows service packs and other updates. Microsoft regularly releases patches and service packs for their operating systems that may contain fixes for the cause of your STOP error.
  2. Update drivers for your hardware. Most STOP messages are hardware and driver related so updated drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.
  3. Check the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for errors or warnings that might provide more clues on the cause of the STOP error.
  4. Return hardware settings to default in Device Manager. Unless you have a specific reason to do so, the system resources that an individual piece of hardware is configured to use in Device Manager should be set to default. Non-default hardware settings have been known to cause STOP errors.
  5. Return BIOS settings to their default levels. An overclocked or misconfigured BIOS can cause all sorts of random issues, including STOP errors.

Note: If you’ve made several customizations to your BIOS settings and don’t wish to load the default ones then at least try returning clock speed, voltage settings, and BIOS memory options to their default settings and see if that fixes the STOP error.

  1. Update your BIOS. In some situations, and outdated BIOS could cause a STOP error due to certain incompatibilities.
  2. Make sure all internal cables, cards, and other components are installed and seated properly. Hardware that’s not firmly in place can cause a STOP error so try reseating the following and then test for the STOP message again:
  3. Perform diagnostic tests on all hardware you’re able to test. It’s highly likely that the root cause of any given STOP error is a failing piece of hardware:
  4. Start your PC with essential hardware only. A useful troubleshooting step in many situations, including STOP errors, is to start your computer with the minimum hardware necessary to run the operating system. If your computer starts successfully it proves that one of the removed hardware devices was the cause of the STOP message.

Hope this comes in handy to some frustrated users! If there are those of you who are even more geeky and are interested in the error codes themselves, here’s a list of STOP codes you can download: bsod error code list

PhilosopherPoet

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3 thoughts on “BoSD…One error you don’t want to see!

  1. Heya! Interesting article!

    Just a few things to mention.

    1.) That BSoD is from an old version of windows – If you want one people will recognize more, try:

    2.) You mention a BIOS upgrade might help – If an inexperienced user attempts to upgrade his/her BIOS by a process known as “Flashing”, the user has a higher chance of needing to buy a new computer (If a flashing fails for any reason, everything pretty much dies)

    3.) A BSoD will not appear unless a user specifically told it to do so – The default is just a general reboot on the majority of PC’s (Since manufacturers are aware that most users will have no idea how to fix it)

    To enable BSoD’s, Right-Click My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> Settings (Under “Startup and Recovery”) -> Un-tick ‘Automatically Restart’

    This is incredibly useful if your user complains that “My computer just randomly restarts”

    Lastly, your downloadable document just tells what the messages are, not how to combat them.

    Take a glance at: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6053684.html

    for information on how to fix BSoD’s πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your day, and keep up the great work!

    – Reelix

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