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Blue Screen of Death


The blue screen error, or Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) as it is more popularly known is a problem that occurs in most computers that run on Windows. Considering the panic that it brings Microsoft users around the world, ironically, the BSOD was designed to avoid just that. The BSOD is more of a "stop" screen rather than an error screen. And the two things it was designed to do, to tell you the reason of the error, and to relax you. This is the reason why it was colored blue, because of the relaxing effect it causes people.

The Blue Screen of Death is caused by either internal or external factors. The external factors could include some viruses that can infect your computer, corrupt the drivers or system files, and once the error will occur, the BSOD will be displayed. The internal factors that could cause the BSOD are accidental changes in the software registry, some damaged hardware components, or accidental changes in the Windows settings.

Aside from its weird name, the reason for the total panic at the mere sight of the Blue Screen of Death, is that it's so difficult to understand. To the untrained eye, it would only seem like a bunch of words or letters that have no meaning whatsoever. This isn't the reality. There is a simple pattern to the BSOD.

Error Name
The most important part of a BSOD is the top most message. This is the name of the error. You can easily identify this because it is presented in all caps. And, most of the time, this is the only thing you need to fix your problem.

Troubleshoot Advice
The Blue Screen of Death will also display some text that contains basic troubleshooting advice. The first recommendation is to restart your computer, which is another ironic factor about the BSOD. It would be best to follow the next advice first, which is to make sure if the hardware is installed properly, or to undo any hardware or software upgrades done. If you do decide to restart your computer, be sure to copy the exact all caps error code, as well as the hexadecimal values shown above and below the generic text.

Memory Dump
Whenever Windows crashes, there is a holding system that gathers all the system memory. It saves it on your hard drive for debugging purposes.

Stop Code
The last part of the Blue Screen of Death, the part that is most difficult to read which is in the hexadecimal form is the actual Windows stop code. If you pay close attention to the combination of letters and numbers, they actually refer to the specific driver that is associated with the crash. Knowing what these messages are and how to understand them is the first step to finding out what to do the next time you are faced with the Blue Screen of Death.

Give you an idea of bytes in everyday use, consider file size. The average MP3 audio file, for example, is around four megabytes in size or 4,194,304 bytes. Today's hard disks are enormous enough to store tens of thousands of tracks. Video files are much larger, weighing in at around 700 megabytes for a standard-definition movie and upwards of four gigabytes for a high-definition movie recorded at 1080p.

 

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