My PC at work just blue-screened on me and I suddenly realised that I can't remember the last time that happened. In fact, I don't think this PC has blue-screened before in the 3 years since I was given it to work on (Windows XP machine used mainly for Visual Studio development).
Windows used to have a reputation for blue-screening a lot, but I think these days it's much more stable.
So, when was the last time you has the BSOD and do you know why it happened?
We have never experienced a BSOD on most of the work computers (running both vista and Win 7 64 bits only). On some laptops we did have a few in the last year thanks to some shady Wifi Intel drivers, but the problem has been resolved since we updated them. My girlfriend had two BSOD in the past six month thanks to bad nVidia drivers.
In last had it on an XP machine that had worked fine for several months, and it started BSODing when using visual studio. It began to happen so frequently, I made an emergency backup and did a re-install. XP seems to get trashed after using it a while, and it especially does not seem to like Visual Studio 2010.
On my 64 bit win 7 machine I occasionaly get a "nVidia display driver has stopped working error message" which would have caused a BSOD on my old machine that I upgraded from XP to Vista
Edit: The ability to get notification that a display driver has stopped working on Vista and XP from the offset would have saved Microsoft and nVidia so much in bad publicity.
Can't remember my last blue screen,..
I have had my shares of freezes, but that's about it,..
My laptop has a hybrid graphics adapter; essentially it has two video cards (one Intel and one nVidia) and you can switch between them. I tried doing this while IE9 was running a few weeks ago, and that reliably causes a BSOD (yes, I have filed a bug report on this).
The only BSOD we've had at our office in the last... 4? maybe 5? years now, is a recent couple of crashes by a W2K3 server. After some investigating, we found that the motherboard was failing, and a hardware repair put the world back to normal.
From the error log the only thing I can see that might have caused this one are warnings about errors detected on the hard-disk while paging.
Looks like I'll be backing up and running chkdsk this evening ...
I had some BSODs (in Vista) about 2 months ago. But it was a hardware failure. Replacing the graphics card fixed the problem. Before that, I can't remember any BSODs.
I didn't know Win7 and Vista even had Blue Screens. I've never seen one.
Mine was 3 weeks ago. A dying networkadapter caused windows 7 to turn over and die on me. Ooh well, the adapter was a few years old so it served me well.
In the last 3 weeks I fdisked the machine and installed Win7 fresh. I have only had a couple of blue screens since.
@davewill: That definitely seems to hint at some kind of major hardware or driver issue.
Honestly; I really can't remember my last BSOD.....
Maybe once with Vista; a couple of years ago in combination with my graphics card; At that time a lot of people were complaining about Vista and everything worked perfectly at my place, except that one time Otherwise it was even longer ago with XP. I definately have seen some BSODs with XP.
@Sven Groot: definitely. i originally installed the machine and tried to use the OEM's drivers as much as possible. this time around it is all windows updates and no OEM.
i have noticed that windows updates has new driver updates for various pieces of hardware since the machine was originally installed. keep choosing to send in those reports to microsoft as it is leading to better stuff. hopefully the newer drivers will make it into sp1 which will help future reloads.
I can't remember my last on a PC that I was the primary operator of. Maybe 2004? I believe it was due to a failing video card.
Can't remember mine.
But we shoved a 2TB hard drive in the other half's main box a couple of months back. It was getting a stop error when waking from sleep. Luckily known issue with large SATA drives so the hotfix on the knowledge based resolved it.
I can't remember the last time I had a BSOD. What I do get from time to time when my Asus convertable tablet running Win7 comes out of sleep is that sometimes the screen flashes and a message pops up that the graphics driver crashed, but was restarted. In the past, a crashing video driver would be an instant BSOD.
I do have the latest Intel video drivers (GMA 945), but the issue persists. It is more of an annoyance than anything else since after this happens, everything still works fine.
At least bad video drivers don't BSOD the system anymore...
I think bad video drivers still can. My last blue screen was last week, which I think was caused by using Firefox Nightly when I enabled the d3d10 layers.
DirectWrite and GPU acceleration for browsers is still really new. Weird bugs.
My computers rarely blue screen during normal use. But sometimes when I shut my laptop lid (and the PC appears to sleep, blinking light and all), move to another class, I will find that my PC is off and when I boot up it told me the PC recovered from a bugcheck. That stuff is annoying.
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