Blue Screen of Death
Many windows users will know this issue very well. Most of the time it’s very, very bad news. A blue screen.
What is a blue screen?
In short, it means something is wrong with the computer where windows is running on. And that it should be rebooted (with our all time favourite ctrl+alt+del).
The reasons for blue screens vary. In earlier version of windows you could already get a BSOD when removing the CD from the reader when it was being read.
But most of the time, and that’s the painful part, we’re talking about a hardware problem. Something wrong with some device in your computer. If you are lucky you can actually derive the problem from the BSOD.
For example. One of the blue screens you may come across is: Stop 0x00000024 or NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM.
This means that there is something wrong with your hard drive. This issue can be fixed by installing a new driver or running chkdsk /r from a DOS prompt.
This error Stop 0x0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR indicated defective RAM.
Another nice one Stop 0x0000007B or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE it means that windows has lost the connection to the boot device when booting.
And so on and so forth. There really are dozens of BSODs. The best thing you can do is write down yours and google it. It’ll be clear in no time what needs to be done or what can be done.
One more thing, for all of you windows critics (unlike me… *ahem*)… Here is something for you to enjoy. A small movie about a demo given by the windows 98 team. The plan was to demonstrate the plug and play possibilities of windows 98.