Causes of BSOD and how to fix it

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A blue screen of death or BSOD in short, often occurs when your computer encounter viruses or if suddenly there is a changes or deletion in your registry files.

A blue screen of death or BSOD in short A bootup failure may occur when you encounter this BSOD.

A bootup failure may occur when you encounter this BSOD. For sort of reason, BSOD happens all the time, especially if you're using windows. There is always a chances that you'll experience this blue screen or Stop Error whenever a windows senses a software, hardware or driver error and it won't allow to continue functioning correctly. But the most common cause of BSOD is a driver problem.

Any outdated, incorrect or corrupt drivers may cause blue screen. BSOD has a lot of STOP CODE in which you can identify what really a problem is. Here are the some example of stop code:

Stop 0x00000003 UNSYNCHRONIZED_ACCESS

Stop 0x0000000A IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Stop 0x0000001E KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED

Stop 0x00000023 FAT_FILE_SYSTEM

Stop 0x00000024 NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM

Stop 0x0000002E DATA_BUS_ERROR

Stop 0x0000003F NO_MORE_SYSTEM_PTES

BSOD may also be caused by incorrect BIOS settings and missing windows updates including service packs.

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Causes of BSOD and how to fix it

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Hi Kristen,
 
Most causes of this error include an incompatible device driver, a general hardware problem, or incompatible software. Blue screen error is one of the most unusual errors found on Windows operating systems. Every time this happens, you have to reboot your computer to prevent or minimize occurrences of the blue screen error.

So I have here solutions for you to fix blue screen. I hope that with my solutions will solve your problem.

1. Most reason for that is having a problem in your memory RAM. Clean your memory RAM.

Follow these steps:

a. Remove your memory RAM on your laptop then clean it using eraser.
b. Rub the golden surface only and when your done with that.
c. Get a soft cloth to clean the particles of eraser.
d. Then insert it now to your computer.

2. System Restore.

Follow the steps:

a. Restart your pc then keep on pressing F8 until the "Advance Boot Options" menu appears.
b. Use the up and down arrow buttons to navigate the menu, select "Safe Mode" then press Enter.
c. This time you won't see your pc in blue screen error. When welcome screen comes up, select the Administrator, then enter the administrator's password.
d. Click START and navigate the Accessories folder. You will see a folder entitled "System Tools", navigate to that folder then click System Restore.
e. In the System Restore program, make sure you choose "Restore my computer to an earlier time" then click NEXT.
f. Select a date on the calendar, the day before blue screen appears then click NEXT.
g. Last page of the System Restore will pop up with the date that you have chosen, click NEXT.

The system will reboot, then the computer blue screen will be gone.

3. Fixing blue screen error and other hard drive issues, follow the steps:

a. Restart your computer and keep pressing F8. and select Safe mode.
b. Click Start, then select Run.
c. Then type chkdsk/f.
d. A black box will appear saying Chkdsk can't run because the volume is in use by another process. Do you like to schedule this volume to be checked next time the system restarts? (Y/N). Type in "Y", then press "Enter".
e. After completing the steps 1-4, you need to reboot your pc for the chkdsk /f to initiate. Once reboot process is initiated, It will go to the usual start up process until it gets pass the Windows logo screen. Then it will initiate the chkdsk /f command, wait for it to get done and see if that helps with any of your hard drive issues.

4. Reinstall computer's display adapters. Follow the steps:

a. Restart your computer then keep pressing F8 to boot your computer.
b. Select Safe Mode and press Enter. When computer start in safe mode.
c. Click Start and select My Computer the right-click to select Properties.
d. Click the Hardware tab.
e. Click Device Manager.
f. Expand the Device adapters select the display driver of your computer and right-click.
g. Select Uninstall.
h. Then restart your computer.

5. Check your Windows Update. Follow the steps:

a. Restart your computer then keep pressing F8 to boot your computer.
b. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.
c. Go to start and select All Programs.
d. Click Windows Update and select check for updates.
e. Click View available updates then click Install.
f. Then Restart your computer.

6. System Configuration Utility. Follow the steps:

a. Restart your computer then keep pressing F8 to boot your computer.
b. Select Safe Mode and Press Enter then go to start, click Run.
c. Type msconfig, on the Services tab click Disable All then click Apply and OK.
d. Then Restart your computer.

7. Viruses can make the cause of blue screen. Some of anti-virus cannot detect viruses. And make sure that your anti-virus is updated. you have to update it regularly.

8. Some of the main reason is about hard disk drive and I have one suggestion for you to do. Try to check your hard drive by connecting to other laptop. If blue screen doesn't show up. Go back up all your important files. Then when you already backup your files. You're going to reformat your computer without worrying about your important files.

9. Registry Cleaner.

Here's the steps:

a. Restart your computer and keep pressing F8.
b. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.
c. Go to start and click run.
d. Then type regedit and press Enter.
e. Click the File tab, select Export.
f. Type the name for the backup file then click save.
g. After you create a backup of your registry, click on the (+) sign to expand section of HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE.
h. Scroll down and Click (+) plus sign of SOFTWARE.
i. Same steps to locate the MICROSOFT and find WINDOWS.
j. And locate CURRENT VERSION then find RUN.
k. Locate the files you wish to get rid of and press DELETE.
l. If you are unfamiliar with the purpose of a specific file, do an Internet search to determine its purpose before deleting it. Close the registry editor and restart.

10. Look and Detect Corrupted Files.

Here's the steps:

a. Boot your computer and keep pressing F8.
b. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.
c. Click Search.
d. Click All files and folders.
e. Check the box of Search hidden files and folders under more advanced options.
f. Type the file name in "All or part of the file name".
g. Then open the file and delete all the corrupted files. (hidden files or when file names change to blue).
h. Click shift+delete at the same time then click Yes.
i. Restart your computer.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #103984

Causes of BSOD and how to fix it

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Hi Kristen,

Yes, you are absolutely right, the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is usually caused by corrupted system files and drivers. However, it can also be due to hardware failure and connection problems. Incorrectly and/or incompatible RAMs have been known to cause the blue screen as well as loosely connected cables, which I can attest for myself.

However, you’re getting me confused. Are you looking for a solution? Or stating an example?

Anyway, apart from the Stop Codes that you have listed there are plenty more. I’ll explain the stops codes you’ve given and add a couple more for reference.

1. Stop 0x00000003 UNSYNCHRONIZED_ACCESS

This Stop Code is usually encountered in a Windows XP Service Pack 2 Operating System if the computer has are more than 1 TV tuner cards in it.

Fortunately, Microsoft has provided a Hotfix specifically for this problem which you can download here:

Also, you can overcome this issue just by getting the latest service Pack for Windows XP

2. Stop 0x0000000A IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

This Stop Code occurs when an incompatible driver, software or hardware is installed or tried to be used. More specifically, if the kernel-mode process tries to get access to a pageable memory which it doesn’t have permission to do so, using a very high internal request level (IRQL) process.

If this error occurs during an installation, then check the driver, software or hardware you are trying to use if they are compatible with your machine. However, if this error happens after the driver, software, hardware is installed, you can:

  • Roll-back the driver, uninstall the software or remove the hardware.
  • Reboot to Last Known Good Configuration.
  • System Restore.
  • Boot from a CD and repair the Windows Installation.

3. Stop 0x0000001E KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED

This Stop Code happens if the kernel mode process detected a process instruction which it was not able to understand or is illegal and the error handler was not able to catch. Similar to errors with Stop 0x0000000A, this stop code happens if there is an access violation or invalid memory.

To fix this, you can:

  • Disable or Update the driver that is causing it, especially for video drivers.
  • Check if the hardware such as a RAM if they are inserted properly.
  • Check compatibility of the hardware, driver, or software.
  • Run a diagnostic test for the hardware or software especially RAMs, they may be defective.

4. Stop 0x00000023 FAT_FILE_SYSTEM

This Stop Code occurs when two drives having different types of media is not recognized by the FAT File System. Also, this occurs in Windows XP when a USB Flash drive or SSD card and other storage devices abruptly or without safely removing it.

There are different Hotfixes from Microsoft for this depending on the exact situation when the error occurs. Please refers to these Microsoft Support Articles:

5. Stop 0x00000024 NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM

This Stop Code error is encountered in a Hard disk that is NTFS formatted. If the file system or portions of that disk is damaged, the Ntfs.sys driver cannot read nor write to the disk, hence this error. In a Windows XP 64 bit, this may occur if your machine uses system filter drivers.

To fix this, you can:

6. Stop 0x0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR

This Stop Code indicates a parity error in the system memory usually due to a malfunctioning or mismatched RAM. Also with motherboards, Level 2 cache, or video memory or driver errors, hard disk damage, even viruses.

To fix this, you can:

  • Run the Chkdsk tool from the command prompt by typing chkdsk drive: /f.
  • Check the volume for errors of the hard disk from the Tools tab in its Properties.
  • Roll-back the driver, uninstall the software or remove the hardware.
  • Disable or Update the driver that is causing it, especially for video drivers.
  • Run a diagnostic test for the hardware or software especially RAMs, they may be defective.

7. Stop 0x0000003F NO_MORE_SYSTEM_PTES

This Stop error appears if the system has been making much input/output actions and as a result fragmenting and/or depleting the Page Table Entries (PTE). Also, if a driver isn’t properly managing the memory it uses.

To fix this, you can:

  • Disable or Update the driver that is causing it.
  • Increase the PTE by modifying the registry.
  • Click Start > Run and type regedit.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
  • Session ManagerMemory Management.
  • Change PagedPoolSize, Value: 0
  • Change SystemPages, Value: 4000 for 128 MB RAM Only or Value: 110000 for 128 – 256 RAM Only. If RAM is 265 MB up, contact Microsoft tech support.
  • Hit OK.
  • Reboot.

8. Stop 0x00000050 or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

This Stop Code means that the system is requesting or looking for a data which is not in the memory. This happens on a defective or malfunctioning RAM, incompatible software and/or drivers and/or hardware.

To fix this, you can:

  • Check compatibility of the hardware, driver, or software.
  • Roll-back the driver, uninstall the software or remove the hardware.
  • Disable or Update the driver that is causing it, especially for video drivers.
  • Run a diagnostic test for the hardware or software especially RAMs, they may be defective.

9. Stop 0x00000077 or KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR

This Stop Code means that a page that the system is looking for in the virtual memory is missing or could not be read into the memory. It may also occur if there is a hardware failure, corrupted drive, or a virus has infected the master boot record.

To fix this, you can:

  • Run the Chkdsk by typing chkdsk /f /r in Run and press Y.
  • Go into the Recovery Console and type chkdsk /r in the command line.
  • Go to Safe Mode and Scan for viruses.

10. As you can see from the above Stop Codes, the solutions are mostly the same. Keep them in mind, so as in the even that you encounter another BSOD, you’ll have an idea of what to do first. However, to avoid ever having seeing the BSOD again, follow these simple steps:

  • Always check your hardware and/or software manual, always check for compatibility. Reading and knowing what is compatible with your machine can save you a lot of money, not to mention the hair you could pull out.
  • Regular updates – updates are there for a purpose, they’re not just there to eat up disk space. Manufacturers develop it to make your machine better for you.
  • Windows Chkdsk, defragmenter, Repair Console, diagnostic tests are your best friends especially on a BSOD.

With the knowledge of these tips, I hope you won’t ever have to see the Blue Screen of Death again.

Good luck!

Answered By 0 points N/A #103985

Causes of BSOD and how to fix it

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Hi there user:

Undo the previous registry and all changes. System restore, undo recent system changes. Get back to your previous version, the one that you run before. Verify your partition on your operating system and you have to make sure you have anti-virus software. Now update your driver. And then check your system applications. Make sure you BIOS is not out of date. You may now conclude and find where that stopping message coming from.

Hope it’ll work to your unit.

Thanks you for posting your question.

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