Blue Screen Of Death
The Blue Screen of Death (also known as a stop error, blue screen, Blue Screen of Doom, BSoD, bug check screen or Stop screen) is an error screen displayed after a fatal system error on a Windows computer system.
In addition to having too many programs running at the same time, the following scenario might have been the culprit: while one program was working in a certain portion of your computer’s RAM memory, another program may have attempted to place its memory in the same address space, with “fatal” consequences.
A great many of these stop errors are caused by troublesome drivers or hardware problems. So you need to ask yourself what, if anything, you did most recently regarding hardware. Start with the most obvious:
Have I kicked the tower by mistake and unseated a card from its socket? If not, go on to:
Have I installed any new devices recently?
Common reasons for BSoDs are:
· Problems that occur with incompatible versions of DLLs: Windows loads these DLLs into memory when they are needed by application programs; if versions are changed, the next time an application loads the DLL it may be different from what the application expects. These incompatibilities increase over time as more new software is installed, and is one of the main reasons why a freshly-installed copy of Windows is more stable than an “old” one.
· Faulty or poorly written device drivers
· Hardware incompatibilities
If your system isn’t set to reboot automatically after a stop error like the Blue Screen of Death, you might want to set that up. To do that, select Control Panel » System » Advanced » Startup and Recovery » Settings. You’ll see the Startup and Recovery screen, where you can configure boot options. Make sure that the option “Automatically restart” is checked.
Read Your System Log
If you’ve been able to restart your computer and want to track down what caused the problem, check your system event viewer log. To do this, go to Control Panel » Administration tools » Event Viewer. According to what you find there, you will do one of the following:
- Uninstall the last device you installed.
- Roll back a device driver you updated.
- Uninstall the last service pack you installed.
- Use System Restore to configure your system back to the last known “good’ time. (You’ll find this by going to: Start » All programs » Accessories » System tools.)
- Reconfigure your BIOS settings to a time before the BSOD, if this applies to you.
|How To Avoid the Blue Screen of Death|
How Can I Prevent It?
The error codes are as follows(Very technical but might assist you in solving the problem):
- 00: Divisionfault
- 02:Non-Maskable Interrupt
- 04: Overflow Trap
- 05: Bounds Check Fault
- 06: Invalid Opcode Fault
- 07: “CoprocessorNot Available” Fault
- 08: Double Fault
- 09: Coprocessor Segment Overrun
- 0A: Invalid Task State Segment Fault
- 0B: Not Present Fault
- 0C: Stack Fault
- 0D: General Protection Fault
- 0E: Page Fault
- 10: Coprocessor Error Fault
- 11: Alignment Check Fault
In addition to not running too many programs at one time, and avoiding the devices that may have caused your BSOD, you can go to msconfig and unload a lot of the programs that start up, every time you reboot. For example, you don’t need QuickTime or RealPlayer to load automatically each time.
To do this, go to: Start » Run (and type in) msconfig » Startup. In addition to helping you avoid stop errors, you’ll find that clearing out programs that you don’t need will speed up your computer’s performance.