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Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death

Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS lays out the ground rules to fixing the problems that can cause a Blue Screen of Death. Or, you can just reinstall your ENTIRE PC... it's your choice!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Mar 23 2013   Mike Dowler  
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Reading the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD)

A typical Windows XP stop message, like the one above, is divided into four parts, and actually does display some helpful clues as to what caused its appearance. Reading a BSOD is not an everyday task, but if we take a moment to dissect it, you'll see it can help us to resolve the conflict which is stopping Windows from operating correctly.

The bugcheck information shows the number of the stop error (in hexadecimal format), information on why the system has stopped and the friendly (text-based) name for the stop error, in this case "DRIVER_IRQI_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL."

The second section, 'recommended user action,' is pretty generic and contains advice for the user on possible troubleshooting steps.

This tends to be the same for just about every stop error, though the main advice 'try restarting your computer' is the best possible first step to take.

The third section, 'driver information,' may contain vital info. If an actual driver file is associated with the blue screen, it will be listed here. This can give you something to work on in the case of a reoccurring error. More on this later in the article.

The final part of the stop error screen is the 'debug port and status information' section.

Windows XP will attempt to dump the contents of system memory either to a file on the hard drive or to one of the COM ports in the case of a stop error. This section shows information about the procedure. Next up we look at what causes BSODs in the first place, and how to fix them!

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death
 Pg 2.  — Reading the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD)
 Pg 3.  Why Do BSOD's happen?
 Pg 4.  Basic troubleshooting for all BSOD errors
 Pg 5.  Section A: Troubleshooting Software & Driver stop messages
 Pg 6.  Fixing device drivers
 Pg 7.  Fixing software problems
 Pg 8.  Section B: Troubleshooting hardware and system file based BSODs
 Pg 9.  Section C: Troubleshooting Windows XP install BSODs
 Pg 10.  Section D: Troubleshooting Intermittent Blue Screens or Crashes

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