Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blue Screen of Death Error

I visited a long time client yesterday that gave me an idea for my information post. Now this user like many of our clients is a beginner user and started having trouble with her desktop computer. Inevitably she got the blue screen of death and not knowing what it would take to fix it since it was called the blue screen of DEATH she decided to purchase a new laptop. Now a BSOD does not occur just before your computer is going to combust rather is can appear for all sorts of reasons. This error shows when Windows detects a hardware or driver error which will not allow it to continue operating properly. In other words, it happens all the time, for all sorts of reasons.
At the very bottom of the screen there is a stop error message that tells (in code of course) why your computer is refusing to start.
It your confident and comfortable working with your computer write down the stop error at the bottom of the screen and either call a repair shop or search for that error of the internet. Most of the time the stop error is reasonably specific and you are able to find out whether is a silly software update change or if it is something more serious like your hard drive has failed. A simple reboot or disk check can often quickly fix these errors and allow your computer to reboot normally. I guess the underlying theme would be to ask a question about the error and for goodness sake don’t buy a new computer unless you KNOW you need a new one!