The "Blue Screen Of Death".

By DaltonLauer
May 31, 2007
  1. There seem to be so many threads on BSOD here, that I thot to reproduce this article about it from

    Users of windows system are sure to have experienced, at one point or another, the terrors of “The Fatal Exception”, commonly called the "Blue Screen Of Death", or BSOD. When windows encounters a condition that compromises safe system operation (i.e.,a “bug”), the system halts. this condition is called a bug check. its also commonly referred to as a system crash, a kernel error, a system fault, or a Stop error.

    In general, there are not too many options for any type of recovery. normally, one tries to just "reboot" the pc in the hope that the BSOD occurred because of a rare condition of some driver which was overlooked in coding and testing. But if the BSOD persists, there are some tactics that may be employed to repair the system there are over 250 "documented" BSOD codes.
    Take for example, the most common BSOD :

    Bugcode 0xA - IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
    This is a fairly common BSOD that occurs when a driver has illegally accessed a memory location while NT is operating at a specific IRQL. This is a driver coding error, akin to trying to access an invalid memory location.
    1 - memory location that was referenced
    2 - IRQL at time of reference
    3 - 0 == read, 1 == write
    4 - code addressed which referenced memory

    There is none. This is a fatal error and is a driver coding error.
    Usually when a BSOD occurs, it stays for a second before the PC immediately restarts. This way we are unable to read what is written. To get around it, one has to disable the auto pc-restart option from the StartUp & System Recovery settings. knowing the error code, can help identify the problem/solution.
    You can download The Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) Primer from here It opens as a pdf file in ur browser. Click on 'save a copy' to save it.
    In a lighter vein, if you really fall in love with the BSOD, you can download the BSOD screensaver from here.

    To create ur own BSOD check here. Incidentally Aumha is a very good resource, which gives solutions to most BSOD's.

    You can also get your BSOD auto-analysed at the Microsoft® Online Crash Analysis. If you experience a Blue Screen crash event, or Stop error, while using Microsoft Windows, you can upload the error report to this site for analysis. Microsoft will actively analyzes all error reports and prioritizes them based on the number of customers affected by the Stop error covered in the error report and try to determine the cause of the Stop error you have submit.

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  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    erm...why post this off another site? And why not include the links?
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