Conquer the Blue Screen of Death
Your screen is filled with seemingly incoherent white text against a blue background.
If it happens once, you curse, reboot, hope everything was saved to your hard drive, and cross your fingers it doesn’t happen again. But, if you’re getting the BSoD frequently, you need to listen to the warning…
Because you’ve got a problem that needs fixing…FAST.
With technology advances, the BSoD is less common than it used to be.
Microsoft calls these “stop errors”, but everyone else has a more descriptive moniker:
“The Blue Screen of Death”,
Your computer isn’t trying to test your stress limits. It’s trying to tell you that it needs some TLC. Really.
It’s telling you something is wrong, and you need to pay it some serious attention.
To find clues to what is bugging your computer pal, the trick is to find information about your BSoD. The information you find is usually unrefined and illegible, so you will have to search the internet for a translation.
What to Look For:
You’ll find useful data in that “incoherent white text”. Look below the 1st paragraph, and under “Technical Information” near the bottom of the screen.
You can’t use the Windows’ “Snipping Tool” or “PrtScn” on a BSoD, so you’ll need to write down the information. You can use a camera or smartphone to photograph the screen, however, the photo doesn’t usually present the information as legible. You can also get information after you’ve rebooted.
If you get a “Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown” message, you hit the jackpot. Click “View problem details” for technical information.
You can also click “Check for solution“, but this usually doesn’t end up being very helpful.
You can also get information after rebooting, via the free and portable program “BlueScreenView“. This lists all your recent BSoDs and offers helpful information.
Once you get the information, use of a search engine (Google or Internet Explorer) can usually help to decipher and diagnose the problem.
If the above doesn’t solve your BSoD problems, you can try the following:
- Check the health of your RAM with Memtst86+.
- Update your drives with SlimDrivers.
- Diagnose your hard drive with HD Tune.
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