Blue Screen of Death Survival Guide: Every Error Explained

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MeTo

This is just another reason I enjoy Linux. You should "NOT" have to go through all this crap!

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spammeifyoumust

I've just watched 1 very smart person waste the better part of a week getting Linux wireless to work on our network (never mind the peripheral players who spent hours of their time trying to help him).

In the end, he got it working, but he's not sure why it now works.

Until linux is truly plug and play, it's only for IT types, and as this week illustrated, even then it's not easy to set up....and several of those involved run Linux at home.

 

 

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methuselah

hmmmm let's see, 4 weeks of tweaking my system and pouring over Linux forums to get my system up and running only to be limited to running a handful of software - "Hey look at that cool new game I'm gonna go buy it and.... OH!, nm it won't run on Linux".  Sure you can run X-Windows, but then, you're back to running Windows and put into the same possibiility of troubleshooting a BSOD.  Besides, why run an emulator and suck up unnecessry resources in an emulator?  Might as well just run Windows.  Go troll elsewhere dude.....

 

Besides this article is long winded.  Want to know how to REALLY troubleshoot a BSOD?  Type the Hex code into Google, you'll have your answer and beging to be able to repair the problem from there.

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AchilleTalon

Well, your comment is pretty clear about the fact you don't know a bit what you are talking about.

First of all, X-Window (notice, no s) isn't having anything to do with Windows. Just take a look at Wikipedia.

X-Window came to like in 1983 from the Carnegie-Mellon Andrew project while Windows 3.1 came to life in 1985, two years later. X-Window is built from start as a client-server graphical system on top of an OS, while Windows is an OS and not client-server at all.

 Second, gaming is not all in life, most useful usage of a graphical system and a computer is not gaming, so, saying Linux is a piece of shit because your favorite game doesn't run natively on it is a very narrow biased evaluation of an OS as a whole.

 

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Achille Talon

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nekollx

BUT gaming is relevent. And Linux is not very game friendly, a person has every right to dig a os because it is missing 20% of the equasion weart its gaming, interface, networking, etc...

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Devo85x

There is wine...

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nekollx

which emulates Windows and isnt nativly linux, destroying your "pure 'nix is the best"

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MvanA

The only people MORE annoying than Mac Fanboys are Linux Fanboys.  You would think that by now people would realize that free is great, but it's not necessarily better.  M$ has a lot of issues, but I'll take a half ass informative BSoD in Windows over a zero informative screen/computer freeze in Linux any day.  Linux might be free, and yes it's come a long way over the years, but it's no better than Windows.

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MeTo

 In your opinion. My opinion is Linux is better. I have run Windows since DOS,Win 3.1 till vista,Mac OSx. I still duel boot Vista/Linux mint and Linux mint doe's not crash on me and my CPU/HDD do not constantly run in the background. I'll keep Linux mint over Vista. I duel boot so my Kid can use Vista.

Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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MeTo

 kinda hard to type in google from a BSoD you are not on the internet you computer is basicly dead. Do a reboot and it "Might" startup normaly might not. Nvidia is the biggest reason for crashes in Vista proven fact.

Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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UpsideDownPants

Ever heard of WRITING IT DOWN!?

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MeTo

Games are for Kids. By the way you can play games with linux if you do your research and have Linux friendley hardware. Everything does not revolve around Microsoft.

 Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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spammeifyoumust

1. Games are not for kids.  Most PC gamers are in their 30's or older.

2. They want to play a game, not spend hours on research and configuration of an emulator.

Why do fanboys (of all the various OSs) seem to feel that EVERYONE should use their OS.  I like windows, but if you're developing for *nix servers, *nix is probably a better OS to work with.

If you're  doing music or video production, Macs are probably your best choice, in most cases.

If you're a general user who likes to play games, Windows is hands down the best platform.  It makes no sense to use a Mac or Linux and Wine to play games.

 

Hammer for a nail and screwdriver for a screw.

 

For god's sake, it's an OS....a platform to run the things you actually bought the computer for.

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MvanA

Because Linux freezing without giving you ANY information or giving you a black screen with a Kernel Fault error is SOOO much more helpful?  BSoD's may be the most annoying part of Windows, but at least they can help you get to the root of most serious problems.

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MeTo

 It's Great becuse you computer "DON'T" crash in the first place. Also I know of nobody (average person) that knows what the hell the BSoD is telling them.

 

 

Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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spammeifyoumust

I've seen Ubuntu crash more than once, so quit acting like it's this invincible OS that doesn't crash.  Likewise, I rarely see windows crash.  Which crashes more?  Hard to say, because I'm on windows far more than Linux, so I'd expect to see windows crash more....the reality is that I might see windows become unstable once or 2x/year on my machines.  I've seen linux (Ubuntu) crash once (maybe 2x) in the past year.  

They're both good operating systems that serve very different markets and very different purposes. 

 

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methuselah

Then you better be prepared to differentiate.  Average user isn't going to read this article and troubleshoot a BSOD.  They will give their PC to me, I'll google the answer and fix it for them.  To add to that they won't be running Linux either, just not ready for end user prime time.  In my case, I have no problems with Blue screens in Vista on my rig.  Why?  cuz I know what I'm doing just like you do with Linux.  If I do get a blue screen, it would be a 0x07b (failing hard drive) or a 0x05a (faulty RAM).  In other words a hardware failure and last time I checked that wasn't an MS Programmign problem.

Games aren't just for kids.  Saying that is shortsighted.  I'm 34, been playing since Atari and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

If MPC writes an article and calls it "Linux Kernel Faults and Hard Locks: Every Error Explained"   I should post a comment to and say "what a bunch of crap, NOBODY should have to go through this hassle.  This is the reason I run Vista!  I never have these problems!"

Win Vista, Antec 900, PC Power and Cooling 860watt, Asus Rampage II Extreme, Intel Core i7 920 (oc'd to 3.66), Prolimatech Megahalems, 2 velociraptors in RAID 0, 1TB WD storage, 6GB Corsair Dominator, PCI-e SB X-Fi, 2 Nvidia GTX 285's in SLI

Booted up first time, Vista installed in 10 minutes (no exaggeration) and drivers installed.  I was up and running in 30-45 minutes before I began putting data back and installing programs.

Good luck doing that on Linux

 

 

 

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MeTo

Put a Linux live CD in your drive reboot Win PC and in Two minutes you are running Linux mint. No kidding. If you like what you see install it. You can duel boot for the times you have to have windows.

Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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MvanA

Or you could put a Linux Live CD under your drink on your desk.  Makes a great coaster and no more coffee rings on the desk.

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MvanA

Amen and Hallelujah to that methuselah!

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sandman722

I got the BS just before I finished a 10 page paper once...

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Devo85x

In January, I upgraded from one GTX260 to 2, after upgrading, every 15 min to as long as 8 hrs I would bluescreen, (yes, before the 2nd card was installed this never happened) I reinstalled Nvidia drivers (after compleatly uninstalling) and reinstalled chipset driver, in the end I had to disable SLI to get it to work, but i got the cards for gaming, so that wouldnt do, so I ended up reinstalling windows compleatly (I had vista business, changed to XP Pro./Vista Premium/Ubuntu Linux trippleboot).  The bad thing is that when it BSODed, the screen went off for most of it and restarted with me only occationally seeing blue,  WHOCRASHED would never tell me what the heck happened, and I only got the popup you mentioned for vista once.  Any ideas?

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Paul_Lilly

As outlined on page 1:

"Alternately, if you'd prefer to see the actual blue screen rather than automatically rebooting, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, select Properties, and click on Advanced System Settings. In the System Properties window that appears, select the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery, and uncheck the box that says 'Automatically Restart.' The same steps also apply to XP."

-Paul Lilly

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shdwdragon7

Nice, but I would have added in a paragraph on how to use the address, given to you by the BSoD, and use the registy to find the piece of hdwr causing the problem.  While the hdwr may not be the cause, it does (most of the time) point you in the right direction.

 

And always remember: "Nothing envolving computers is ever set in stone."  My PC gave my a different reason for BSoD everytime for a month... turned out to be McAfee... 

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Acer1

Nope, article was completely useless for the blue screen I had on my folks PC a few weeks ago.

Booting up Windows XP Home would only go so far in the 'black screen' boot logo part and then it would blue screen for a half second and automatically restart the computer.  Problem is that Safe Mode, Last Known Good Config.. ect options would do the exact same thing.  Basically had to move the drive to a different PC to see what was wrong.  Bad sectors on the hard disk.  Two journaling files, and two feedback files were corupted plus some odd registry settings.  Now how the hell is one supposed to read the damn error message when it's on the screen for a milisecond and reboots the PC no matter what you try?  Frustrating as hell.

 

Recently upgraded to IE8 and installed some Canon 620 drivers but never finished the installation since I have no clue on how to set the thing up to work wirelessly. Can't imaging either of those two causing problems.  Have a old HP PSC 2100 AIO printer hooked up with drivers too but can't see how two printer drivers can't play nice either. 

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MAJORzer0

Sounds like your boot files for windows is messed up all you reall have to do is recover them... the recovery disc isn't always helpful but there are some free programs out there that will repair those files. There's a way to do it by hand too but if your not tech savy you should just reload your machine with a fresh install. I would suggest backing up your data as best you can in a few different locations. It's too easy to get your hands on a cheap external just make sure you format the new one to NTFS unless you're still useing something before XP. It's alot easier to recover the data when you drop it. Alot of HDD companies will ship them formatted FAT32 and that'sa not what you want... Unless, like I said before, you don't have an OS that supports it... But not alot of people run 98 any more. Sad, really miss that one...

~No one said it would be easy....they just said it was worth it...~

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Paul_Lilly

As outlined on page 1:

"Alternately, if you'd prefer to see the actual blue screen rather than automatically rebooting, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, select Properties, and click on Advanced System Settings. In the System Properties window that appears, select the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery, and uncheck the box that says 'Automatically Restart.' The same steps also apply to XP."

-Paul Lilly

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MeTo

This is just another reason I enjoy Linux. You should "NOT" have to go through all this crap!

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UpsideDownPants

We heard you the first two times you said this, ABOVE.

 

 

And your comment is still exactly as ignorant as it was the first time.

 

All that linux in your brain, starting to make you repeat yourself repeat yourself. I agree with the guy above, the only person more annoying than a MAC whiner is a Linux whiner. 

 

Have you ever noticed that glassy, sort of glazed-over retarded look your friends get on their faces every time you try to convince them of why they need to switch to Linux? This is caused by the fact that your constant nagging about linux is RIDICULOUSLY ANNOYING, and NOBODY EXCEPT YOU GIVES A SHIT.

 

 

Oh yeah, and yay windoz, linux sux etc etc whatever

 

P.S. Learn English, it helps immensely when trying to make your point, IN ENGLISH.

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shdwdragon7

I'm sorry, but the article IS helpful.  Just because it wasn't geared to your one (of the millions of unique computer problems that occur daily) doesn't make this article worthless. 

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MeTo

"I'm sorry, but the article IS helpful.  Just because it wasn't geared
to your one (of the millions of unique computer problems that occur
daily) doesn't make this article worthless. "

Could be the OS is worthless.

 

Linux Mint,AMD Athlon+ x2 5600,3 Gig ram,500 Gig HDD,ATI 1300 Video.

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nekollx

Could be the OS is worthless.

 

No OS is perfect.

 

Linux Black Screens, XP blue Screen, my vinsa hasent ever blue screen but it has temporarly gone "non responsive" and my mac?

 

it doesn't tell you jack!

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spammeifyoumust

The only time you get a black screen on Linux is when the OS is napping.  The black screen is a lower power screen saver.

When you want to user your PC again, you just push the little button onthe front or you computer and after it boots up, you log in and start your applications.

It's nothing like MS's BSOD. ;P

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mesiah

"The easiest solutions are often the most OVERCLOCKED, but they can also be the most effective"

Freudian slip perhaps? >.>

Good article.

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xs0u1x

great article paul.

 

 your missing one thing though, a freeze frame from that video when win 95/98 bsod'd on gates when he was doing a presentation.

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tony487

Great article

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