Blue Screen of Death (Windows)
When you get a blue screen of death there are a few things you should try to figure out why this happened. A blue screen of death means your computer or machine has crashed beyond the point of recovery and MUST be rebooted and/or fixed. When you see this problem, it will not be fixed on it’s own. EVER, on maybe rarely. But this is a Windows specific thing since Linux and Mac aren’t common enough to have buggy software or crummy hardware fail them considering quality and build specs are usually custom built by the user or manufacturer. But since Windows can be built on shoddy hardware and be mis-configured easily, let’s see a common troubleshoot checklist.
– Google the error code.
– Run a RAM Check. Found on Ubuntu DVD live OS. If necessary try new RAM.
– Run a live Operating system like Ubuntu or Windows PE.
– If a driver is identified in the bug check message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates.
– Update all the drivers if possible, install in Safe mode if that helps.
– Try changing video cards or sound cards.
– Check for new BIOS updates for your motherboard. Most can be install from a USB.
– Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.
– Upgrade to a new OS.
– Swap out the hard drive.
– Make sure the case and CPU has good airflow, clean it out. (This is the a common cause and easy to fix.)
– Unplug DVD drivers and extras hard drives.
– Try a different Power Supply. (there’s no good reason for this, it’s just for good luck)
– Call me.
– Pay me $100
– I will actually perform all these steps for you because I’ll know you didn’t do any of them.
– If all else fails I will buy you a new similar computer, restore your data to it and charge you for that instead.
Usually when the problem still occurs it leads to a hardware issue with the motherboard or CPU, if we really want to rescue that computer, it may be easier to buy a new one since if it fails, by then it’s usually time to upgrade. but remember that we can always FIX a bluescreen of death, it’s just a matter of how much work we put into it. Got it?
I know there are smart people out there, what are some of the steps you use to troubleshoot a BSOD?
To learn more about Blue Screens of death without actually learning anything useful on how to fix them, check out the wiki on it.