The BSOD error is one of the worst things to deal with when it
to a computer. If the problem is inconsitistent it can be
even more agriviating because you can often not be exactly sure about
what is causing the problem.
Typically the cause of a BSOD is hardware failing.
This can be because it's geting to hot, or because it has an
issue with a driver, or the component may simply be worn out.
If your system is currently crashing on you and giving you the
blue screen. Follow these steps to make sure you have
eliminated the most common causes.
- Step 1
- If you have modified any clock settings like RAM,
CPU, change them
their default. Once you have done so, reboot the computer and
see if the problem persists.
- Step 2
- If you have recently added a piece of hardware to your computer,
removed it and restarts, again see if the problem persists.
- Step 3
- Check the device manager to see if you have any devices that have a ?
next to them. If you find any, insert the disk that came with
your motherboard, and install the drivers off of it.
- Step 4
- Do your best to recall the date the blue screens started, and try to
recall if you did any driver changes or installed any programs near
that date. If you did, remove them and restart the computer.
- Step 5 -
Clean the computer.
It sounds simple, but offboard video cards and CPU coolers
are dust magnets, overheating is a very common cause of hardware
All the above steps are generic things I look for when dealing
with a bsod error, most of the time, it is user change related.
Undo it, and you'll be good to go.
More In Depth BSOD Error
Make sure you have tried or done all the steps above that apply to you
before you proceed to this section. If you still are dealing
with blue screen errors, I am sorry, stay patient and we'll get you
back up and running.
Pay attention to the small details, a BSOD error can be caused
from something as simple as 1 wrong BIOS setting.
- Step 1
- Restart the computer, when you can enter the BIOS setup.
There is often an option called Load Setup Defaults, or Load
Default Settings. Hit enter to do this, and when finished,
hit save and exit to leave and restart.
- Step 2
- Power the computer off, remove the RAM
and Video Cards,
reseat them. Always make sure you've touched a metal part of
the computer case to ground yourself before you touch any component.
- Step 3
- If you still don't know what the cause is, it's time to get as many
details as you can off of your blue screen, and proceed to get more
information about your specific problem. Although I have put
this as the last step, it can be used as a clue early on in fixing a
BSOD. What you need off of this screen is the 0x0000008E right
after the *** STOP:.
Do a search for the number that pertains to your error in
For a result choose the one that has an address like support.microsoft.
This way you will get system specific information about the
version of Windows you currently have installed.
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