BSOD - can't read screen

By clubnev · 6 replies
Aug 8, 2008
  1. Hello,
    I'm getting a BSOD for about one second with a reboot. I tried using FN/Pause to read the BSOD but it isn't working. My BSOD doesn't have very many lines on it - only about 4 or 5. Does anyone have any commands I can try?

    Operating system is XP Pro.

    Thank you.
  2. woody1191

    woody1191 TS Rookie Posts: 572

    It should have recorded some MiniDumps from the Bluescreens but I doubt it if they were only on for a second, could you post them if any on here as attachments or use Windows Debugging Tools by following this link and read them yourself again if there are any MiniDumps and post back if you don't understand them -

    Otherwise I'm not sure what you could do.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Are you just asking to turn off automatic restart on bsod?

    If so:

    Right click on My Computer
    Advanced Tab
    Settings (under Start and Recovery)
    Untick, automatically restart
    Apply ok
  4. clubnev

    clubnev TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, I will change the automatic settings after I get the computer up and running - thanks for your instructions.

    I think my laptop can't find the operating system - I've tried FN/Pause but it appears that the computer is not recognizing any commands.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    What about Safe Mode?
    (Repeatively pressing F8 key before Windows Startup)

    In Safe mode can you got to c:\windows\minidump to confirm if a Minidump exists?
    Note you can also run System Restore from here

    Please try all the options in the F8 Menu
    If you are able even to get to Safe Mode Command prompt, you could try Check Disk
    chkdsk c: /r
    The above command can also be used in the Recovery console (R) from using the Windows CD

    Also, it would be helful to provide your System Specs in your Profile (Including Hardware and Windows version)
  6. clubnev

    clubnev TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks. I tried this - no luck. I re-installed XP. Computer is working great now. Sigh!
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
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