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Dreaded Blue Screen Of Death

Blue screen of death (BSOD) is the worst that can happen to your windows machine. You might be just listening to some songs on your PC and there it is the blue screen of death. Here are a few steps on how to handle the BSOD’s.

1. Check the Event logs
To view the event logs right click on “my computer”, “manage”, “event viewer”. Here you will find different categories and a list of logs for each. All the errors your system reports are logged in here. You want to search in System, Application categories and look for any details with a red error symbol by them.
To research them, the best way is to look inside the details provided. There is a link in there that tells you to “click for more details”. Do it. It’ll take you to the Microsoft site with some possible causes and solutions.

If the crashes seem related to a particular piece of hardware in your system, you have the lead. Firstly update the drivers for that hardware and if that doesn’t help look for hardware errors.

2. Check for Faulty RAM
The most common error a faulty/loosely fitted RAM. Ram can easily become damaged from system spikes, or simply from basic wear and tear. And with ram it is not only physical damage that causes problems, but also compatibility issues.

The best way to handle the situation is by removing your RAM sticks cleaning the slots and then trying to run your computer using one RAM stick at a time. Also a grat utility to test your RAM is memtest. You can download it by visiting: www.memtest.org as per my experience if it says your RAM is faulty it is 99.99% of the time.

3. Overheating
If you still haven’t figured out the problem to your system crashes i think it is time to check your system for overheating. This is a good utility for monitoring system temperature if you are unable to find one provided by your motherboard company use this: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

4 . Power supply issues
Another one of the culprit a faulty PSU. You can identify a faulty PSU if one of your Hard disks fails to show up once in a while or your pc hangs while doing extensive graphics utilization while the temperature is normal. The best way to confirm is to try runing your PC with less power load like removing extra drives or using the onboard Gfx.

5. Format
When everything else fails this is the last resort you can take hoping that all that was caused by some error some windows file which got corrupt, unless it is some severe hardware fault.

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8 Responses

  1. Good Stuff. Always remember to update your drivers on a monthly basis. This should eliminate any blue screens you are experiencing.

  2. FieryShadow says:

    If you are getting the BSOD during boot up it is probably the ram run memtest on your system and see.

  3. emilylan says:

    i was anable to understand the event manager chart’s problem as there was just too much to monitor

  4. FieryShadow says:

    did you ran the tests as said above ? just go through them and i think we will be able to isolate the problem

  5. emilylan says:

    could you guess why my computer recieves blue screen only during booting at times; and that too when it comes it comes twice consecutively…my os is vista build 6000

  6. Disturbed says:

    bhupp!

  7. Achal Kathuria says:

    Badiya!

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