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Windows BSOD Errors

BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death errors have been a constant with Windows since, well Windows. In Vista, Microsoft tried to resolve the issue by providing a system where instead of crashing you would get a recovery error message but that too had it’s run ins with BSODs . In Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft has stepped up their game and BSODs are not as common as they were before but they still popup every now and again to remind us that they still survive the times. šŸ™‚

In this article we cover the more common ones, what causes them and point you in the right direction to resolve them.

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x0000000A)

The most common cause of this error is an improperly configured driver. Look at the bottom of the screen to see if it lists any file name. If you changed video cards for example, make sure the old drives are uninstalled completely first. If you had any BIOS changes pertaining to your GPU, make sure to set them to default. If you have a custom audio card, make sure to disable to on-board one in your BIOS to eliminate conflicts. Another thing to look into is your AntiVirus program. Make sure it is updated and do not run two AVs at the same time either, we recommend Avast.

DATA_BUS_ERROR (0x0000002E)

This is directly related to memory, either your memory stick(s) died or they are incompatible with your motherboard. Check the slot(s) they are installed in; some motherboards have a specific way to install them. You can also run a diagnostic program such as Memtest86+ to help determine which stick is defective.

NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM or FAT_FILE_SYSTEM (0x00000024 or 0x00000023)

This error pertains your HDD, and the most common issue is the cable. First things first, open your case and check the cables, make sure you did not plug in the SATA and PATA power cables to your drive if there are both options. If needed, change your cables. Next thing will be to scan your HDD for errors. Last is to make sure that you have the latest drives for your motherboard IDE/SATA controller.

UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP (0x0000007F)

This error indicates a bad overclocked CPU but it can also mean faulty memory, motherboard, overheating system or a corrupted BIOS. Check your system temp with Core Temp for CPU and SpeedFan for general checks. A good point to look for is to make sure your fans are working, clean and flowing air properly. You may also want to check thermal paste. Check your BIOS, you may need to update it to support new features or hardware as well as check for possible corruption, ensure you reset it to defaults before moving ahead. Check your motherboard or computer manufacturer for updates. If there is a memory issue, see the DATA_BUS_ERROR (0x0000002E) section. If CPU is your issue you will be limited unless you have an identical system to test it on or willing to shell out money to get it diagnosed by a computer shop. Your other option is buying a new one or if it’s still under warranty, contact the manufacturer for a replacement.

INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

This error basically means that your cable is loose, improperly configured jumpers if you are still using PATA HDDs, wrong chipset drivers or a boot sector virus or one just gone bad. We won’t go into go into details here because of the details involved in diagnosing and fixing but a quick Google search will help you along.

Notes

Microsoft’s Knowledge Base (http://support.microsoft.com) is a great resource to troubleshoot with information from Event Viewer.

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