The Blue screen of DEATH!!!!

The Blue screen of death
Saturday afternoon started out in a very relaxed way on the computer looking at blogs and then the monitor went a blue colour with lots of geek mumbo jumbo on it......then the PC restarted. All seemed to be ok until it happened again and again turns out this is the "Blue screen of death" I had the bright idea of loading my Win XP CD and running the repair option.  From here it went downhill real fast as the repair process went on it's marry way I noticed it sure was taking along time. I then just happen to see that part way through the repair program the Blue screen of death showed up again. Seems even Win XP repair was caught up in the loop now. I was not able to get back to Windows after trying all kinds of back door options, it seemed my only option was to reformat my hard drive. The thing that bothered me was I was not able to get back into Windows to back up any of my MANY programs!!!! The hard drive formatted ok last night and now it's time to load drivers, programs and then to get them running and happy with my radios.  UPDATE......driver loading not going as planned for some reason the onboard video card can't be found.  In the process of updating to Win XP SP3 maybe that will do the trick.....oh and for those wondering how this blog was done and put up????? Im on my blessed MAC at the moment....:)
Merry Christmas to all my readers!!!
Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “The Blue screen of DEATH!!!!”

  • Del aj4em:

    sounds like a hardware problem, probably the video card is damaged. Open the case and see if you need to blow dust bunnies out of it, that’s pretty common. May let it work again if heat buildup was the problem.
    Worth a try.

  • Del aj4em:

    oh and, didn’t you read the manual? “just before the computer breaks, perform a full backup…” :)

  • Cliff KU4GW:

    Sounds like the hard drive itself has failed.

  • Del aj4em:

    as for backups after such an event, if you have access to another computer where you could plug this hard disk in, you should be able to access the files on the drive. Usually a desktop or tower will have a spare SATA plug on the motherboard, bring the cable with the drive; or if it’s IDE, you could replace the CD drive with the hard disk temporarily.
    Of course all this is done with power disconnected and frequently grounding your body to the PC’s power supply to avoid zapping anything.

  • Tom Kb3hg:

    I can’t read the file name GUI.SYS ? what ever it is disk problem maybe just ha a Dell laptop come up with the dreaded 79 error says bad disk but was actually a bad, flaky battery. just remember sometimes restore works wonders without the other drive. But that requires you to have set points. Not real hard to deal with. Saved my bacon a few times. No lame remarks but after a remedy is found copy your important stuff to cd or dvd. Been there done that. I still like xp win 7 is ok but win 8 I really don’t want to go there for comparability problems.
    73 es best of luck’
    Tom

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