Also known as STOP Error, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error appears if there is a very serious issue such that Windows must completely stop. The root is mostly driver or hardware related. Most of the BSODs tend to show STOP code which can be used for figuring out the main cause of Blue Screen of Death error. After the BSOD, the PC may restart. After the blue screen flashes, the computer may automatically reboot.
Here below are tips to guide you on how to deal with Blue Screen of Death error. Note that some of the steps that are followed to resolve this error may require restarting Windows in Safe Mode. If this is not possible you should skip the steps. It may also take some several hours to fix this error depending on the nature of the STOP code.
To resolve this problem the first thing you should ask yourself is; what did I do? Have you installed new hardware, new program, updated driver? If there’s something that you’ve done then it is highly likely that the change may be the cause of that error. In that case, you should undo the change by uninstalling the software, program, etc that you have installed then test again to see if the STOP error will appear.
Depending on the change that you could have done, the solution to BSOD may be
- Restarting the system used the previously known good configuration so as to undo the changes to the drivers and the registry.
- Using system restore for undoing recent changes to the computer system.
- Rolling back the device driver to version which existed before the update of the drivers.
- Also verify that there is sufficient space available on hard disk for successful Windows partition. BSOD and other serious errors such as corruption of data can take place if there is insufficient space of the primary partition the Windows OS uses for its operation. The Microsoft recommendation is that you should maintain not less than b100 MB free space. However, that low free space may still bring up some issues. Computer experts advise that all the time you should maintain not less than 15% free space of drive capacity.
You should perform computer virus scan. Some forms of viruses, particularly those which infect the boot sector or MBR (Master Boot Record) may cause BSOD error. You should use properly updated software and which is configured to perform the scan the boot sector and MBR.
Also consider applying the available updates including Windows service packs. Microsoft releases regular service packs and patches for the Windows operating systems which may help fix BSOD problem.
Update your hardware drivers: BSOD errors are mostly driver or hardware related and drivers update can help fix the issues causing the STOP error.
In Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, check the entire system as well as the Application logs in the Event Viewer. This will help find warnings or errors which may help establish the BSOD cause.
In the Device manager, restore the default settings. Unless you have specific reason of doing otherwise, the resources of system that individual hardware piece is configured for use in the Device Manager must be set at default. These settings of non-default hardware may cause BSOD error.
You can also resolve BSOD error by restoring to default the BIOS settings. Misconfigured or overlooked BIOS may cause various problems and other errors including BSODs. If you have made various BIOS settings customizations and you don’t want to restore default ones you may consider restore to default settings the running voltage settings, BIS memory options, and clock speed and see if doing this could solve the BSOD error.
Ensure that all the internal cards, cables and other vital components are properly seated and installed. If the hardware is not firmly in its place, it may lead to BSOD. You should try reseating expansion cards, memory modules, power cables and internal data and see if that could help get rid of the STOP error.
You can also help get rid of BSOD error by performing hard diagnostic tests. If some hardware piece fails, that may cause BSOD error. In this regard, you should test the hard drive as well as the system, memory. If there is test fail, replace the hard drive as soon as possible.
Also consider updating BIOS. BSOD errors can also be caused by outdated BIOS which causes incompatibilities in the way in which the system operates.
You should restart the computer system with only the essential hardware. An important troubleshooting step if your computer has BSOD errors is restarting the system with only the minimum hardware that is required to run it. If you do this and the computer starts successfully, this will mean the hard device that has been removed was the cause of STOP and BSOD error massage.
VITAL TIP: the only important hardware for restarting the computer system through the Windows Operating system includes monitor, videocard, keyboard, primary hard drive, RAM, CPU, and motherboard.