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BSOD Troubleshoot

It’s 2016, and yes we still have the blue screen of death, hanging on to our heads!

This page is dedicated to various BSOD situations and how to overcome them, helping you troubleshoot the problem with microsoft windows blue screen of death. This can be with old windows xp, 7, 8, 8.1 or even windows 10.

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Today I was asked by a friend to fix his computer having the blue screen of death and computer restarting again and again.

Well his system was old too, no doubt, so it was expected. And was running windows xp. (He was on a P4, yes, pentium 4… lets have a moment of silence).

The issue turned out to be one of the rams, which finally got old and grandram by giving its precious 16 years to him, since 2000 I guess.

Anyway, so how to troubleshoot the issue? Lets see the main steps.

Make sure you use computer for more than 5-10 minutes once you feel that error is gone. Try opening as many applications as possible, run a search for all files, etc. See that the ram and processor is at high throttle and max usage to confirm.

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How to troubleshoot Blue Screen of Death

The steps are intended to isolate the issue. First of all we will see if its the software of the hardware causing the issue. Best ways to differentiate that are:

  1. Use any other computers harddisk, running windows in it, to confirm if it shows the blue screen of death too.
  2. You can alternatively try logging in through safe mode

If turning on in safe mode works fine, and test passes too, then its most probably software issue. You might need to repair your windows operating system or install a new one.

However if changing hard disk fixed it, then there might be an error with hard disk or with software, both are the chances.

How to check if there’s hardware issue:

Usual signs of hardware issues are:

  1. System beeps weirdly when you start it
  2. It restarts, no matter what you do, even if you boot via a cd rom

These two situations are most likely related to your systems RAM (memory).

Try taking one of the sticks out. If you have only one, then try placing it inside the other slot, and making sure that it fits in nicely.

If this solves the issue, then make sure that the issue was with the ram or the slot.

If your computer doesn’t start at all, then again it might be ram, power-supply or motherboard, or even hard disk. You can confirm the issue by using hard disk and ram on another system, to see if they work fine on them. If not then they’re the culprit.

Let me know if you have any queries or suggestions via comments.

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