Bsod is the acronym given to the Blue Screen of Death that many Windows users have encountered at one time or another in their experiences with their computers. The BSOD usually appears as the last thing that the computer user will encounter before they must restart their machines and start over.
This is where the Death wording comes in the name BSOD. Listed below will be an explanation of what the BSOD is, some of the errors that could cause the BSOD to appear on the machine, as well as what can be done to resolve each error that caused the BSOD.
Blue screen of death a screen that appears when a computer encounters something that has caused a major fault or issue within the system, to such an extent that the system is no longer stable due to that error. When the error that caused the Bsod to appear happens the computer will initiate the Bsod so that the system is protected from any damage that could result from the error.
While most users do not like to see the Bsod they are often lucky that the screen appears as without that screen whatever the error was that happened must have had the possibility of seriously damaging the system. The reason that the Blue screen error was created was to ensure that whatever had caused the error could be displayed to the user prior to restarting the machine to the error could be traced back to try to stop it from happening in the future. If the configuration of the system is modified it is possible to put all the current memory into a file on the hard drive of the machine.
This is good because after the Bsod restarts the system there is a possibility that the information regarding the error could be retrieved in the dump file at a later date and examined to try to fix the error.
There are several different causes of the errors that could cause the Bsod and they are listed here:
Invalid, Corrupt or Missing DLL files.
These files are called dynamic link library files, and are basically little pieces of data that many different programs will use and share at different points in time. These files are usually located within the Windows Registry and often times they can become corrupt, missing, or invalid and cause an error to happen. The modification of the files, or location, is usually do to improper installation or removal of different programs as these processes usually impact the registry and if done incorrectly can cause an error to occur.
If you believe that a dll file error is the cause of your Bsod issues then the best thing to do is to download a registry cleaner and fully scan your system to locate any issues. These issues, identified by the registry cleaner, will most likely be the cause of any errors that are causing the Bsod error message to appear.
Corrupt or Missing Drivers
Drivers are another important piece of software that communicates with hardware. If, similar to DLL files, the driver file is missing or corrupt then the message it is delivering to the software could be incorrect; which would cause an error and result in a Bsod appearing. If the Bsod references an issue with a driver the best thing to do is to download a driver updating program. This program will scan and identify all the drivers on your system to see what could be causing the error, as well as update all the drivers on your system.
This is another issue that will often cause a BSOD error to appear as a physical piece of hardware within the system is actually broken, set up incorrectly, or having other issues which could be causing these errors. If you think that a physical piece of hardware is broken in your system the best thing to do is to run a system optimizer to identify any possible causes of the problem and find out the best way to fix the error and to resolve the Bsod messages appereance.
In many instances a Bsod will actually provide a lot of information as to what has caused the error that has shut down the system. The best thing to do is to copy down all of the information that the Bsod is providing so that you can help yourself identify what the cause of the error was.
If you can figure out the cause of the error then you will be able to figure out which type of software or hardware is required to fix the problem.