Here are some common BSOD (Blue screen of death) that you might come across on a Windows 10/8/7 computer, and the solutions that you could try out.
Electronic gadgets are designed to make our lives easier, but there are times when they fail to work exactly the way we expect. For example, it is quite common for your car to not start before your long-planned long drive. The same goes for computers and it is quite common for your computer to freeze at certain times if some things are out of its place.
What is BSOD-Blue screen of death?
If you are using Windows, you might come across a blue screen of death or BSOD once in a while. BSODs can sometimes refer to some serious problems with your system, but in other situations, it can be small trouble, which can easily be fixed if you know what a particular BSOD means. Basically it is an error that appears at once on Windows screen with an error code some times following a fatal system error. It indicates a system crash, in which the operating system has reached a condition where it can no longer be operated safely.
When you come across a blue screen of death, it can turn up for a number of problems with your computer and you should try out all the possible fixes so that it is the last time you see the blue screen error of death for that particular problem. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t always provide adequate information about what’s wrong with your system when it shows a blue screen of death. However, it will give you a small error code and today I will talk about what each of the error codes means, and the relevant solutions that you should try out. One thing that you should not use that, there isn’t a one to one correspondence between an error code and the actual problem and thus, the possible solution that I will talk about might not work every single time but it should solve your problem in 9 out of 10 situations, at least.
Common types of BSOD errors on Windows PC
So without any further delay, let’s get started with the different BSODs that you might come across on a Windows computer, and the solutions that you could try out.
This is one of the common BSODs. IRQL refers to interrupt request level. If you get the following error code that says IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, it can be possible because any of your software is trying to access some part of your system memory, which has been reserved by your operating system for something useful to your operating system.
Even though some normal software might try to access those reserved memory addresses once in a blue moon, but if you find this error, it is possibly due to some driver issue. As most drivers need to communicate directly with the operating system, there are chances, they might try to access any part of the memory, which has been reserved by the operating system and thus, you come across this error. Talking about the possible fixes, you can try updating your driver, or try reinstalling the driver, and that should solve the problem in most cases.
If you come across the following Blue screen of death that says PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, it can also refer to some memory problem like the last one. In that situation, you can try out the same solution that I discussed for the last BSOD. Furthermore, you can also come across this error if some of your components, like your graphics card, are highly overclocked, when it can’t function normally.
So as a solution to this problem, it is recommended that you try to run your graphics card at its stock speed and try to update or reinstall the device drivers as that could prove to be a solution.
If you have recently changed some RAM or memory settings from the BIOS, you can run into this error. To solve this issue, it is recommended that you restore the RAM or memory settings to the default values, and make sure, your RAM is not overclocked. Furthermore, the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT blue screen error of death can also come up, if one of your RAM modules is not getting the adequate voltage to operate properly.
If you come across this error, which says DATA_BUS_ERROR, this can refer to a problem with the actual memory of your computer. It is recommended that you run a memory test utility, which is offered by Microsoft. Otherwise, you can even use any other third-party memory test utility to find out whether the memory sticks connected to your computer are working properly.
You can also try removing one of the memories sticks if you have connected multiple memory sticks to your computer. Additionally, you can even use a completely different set of memory sticks, if you have some extras lying around. However, if the problem is still not solved, this might also refer to a problem with your drivers or the hardware components connected to your computer. In that situation, just try updating your drivers and the problem should vanish.
If you come across the MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION blue screen error of death, it can be because of an overclocked CPU. If you have overclocked your CPU to a point when it is no longer stable, it is quite common for you to come across this BSOD.
So, the only solution that you should try out at this point in time is to make your CPU run at its stock speed, and the problem should be resolved immediately. If you still want to overclock your CPU, make sure that you are doing it within safe limits, or at least be careful, the next time you overclock your CPU.
The BSOD that says FAT_FILE_SYSTEM is a file system error. If you come across any file system errors, it possibly means, there is some driver issue. However, if you are sure about all the drivers installed on your system, it can be a signal that there is some serious problem with your hard drive or SSD.
At this point in time, the first thing that you should do is, backup everything, or anything important, on the drive to a safe place, as there is a possibility that you are hard drive or SSD is going to die. After you backup, everything important, try running a disk check utility or any other diagnostic utility offered by the manufacturer of your drive to ensure that your hard drive is safe to keep using it.
If you come across this Blue screen of death error on your Windows computer, it can be caused by a corrupted sector on your drive. You can try doing a startup repair and that should solve the problem. But, if the problem persists, even after doing a startup repair, try changing the disk mode to either AHCI or IDE. If you have changed the disk mode recently, this can be a problem that you will likely come across, if Windows is configured to run on a different disk mode.
There can also be a number of other blue screens of death, which might not give you specific information about what is wrong. However, in certain blue screens of death, you can also get information about some file names, which can help you understand which driver or application is malfunctioning on your system so that you can decide the next steps. After you find out the malfunctioning app or driver, you can try installing, updating or simply removing the driver or application, if that seems to be a feasible option for you.
Blue screens of death are really frustrating when it comes to Windows. Even the sad emoji that Microsoft started showing since Windows 8 seems sarcastic. It is just a Microsoft endeavour to make you less panic-stricken, which fails miserably every single time. It is still your responsibility to find out the issue and sort it out.
So, that was my list of top BSOD that you might come across on your Windows computer the possible problems behind them, and the possible solutions. Do you want to know information about any other BSOD? Feel free to comment on the same below.
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