Items tagged with BSOD

Microsoft has just encountered a string of bad luck with Windows 10 updates in recent months. It had to pull its October 2018 Update after it went rogue by deleting users' files. Most recently, a Windows Update borked the Windows Media Player in Windows 10.  Now, we're heaving that a rather routine release of cumulative updates resulted in trouble for owners of Microsoft's own Surface Book 2. You wouldn't expect for a cumulative update (KB4467682) for Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) to have harmful effects on a machine, but in the case of some Surface Book 2 owners, the update released last week has sparked a number of Blue Screen of Death (BSODs)... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft has a bit of a security issue on its hands that affects both Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems. Back in July 2017, Bitdefender researcher Marius Tivadar discovered an exploit in Windows operating systems that allows anyone with physical access to a computer to invoke a BSOD by simply inserting a USB thumb drive loaded with a bit of software. He reported the issue to Microsoft, but at the time they brushed him off. Now, he's stepping out with details and a demonstration to raise awareness of this vulnerability. What makes this exploit so intriguing is that Tivadar's proof-of-concept showed that he could force a BSOD even if the Windows machine was locked.... Read more...
Microsoft’s familiar blue screen of death (BSOD) is getting a makeover — or at least it is for Windows Insiders. A lot of upcoming features for Windows 10 have been leaking over the past few days courtesy of the unauthorized release of Build 14997 and Microsoft has of course been monitoring these developments. Matthijs Hoekstra, Senior Program Manager for the Windows Enterprise Developer Platform, teased that uber enthusiasts and tech publications had missed one big feature that was added in Build 14997: Cool to read all the new features people discover in the leaked builds, but they missed a big change!, Huge change!. curious when its found. — Matthijs Hoekstra (@mahoekst) December 27, 2016... Read more...
Late last week, we reported that the Anniversary Update was causing problems for certain webcams that were otherwise working fine in Windows 10. Today, we’re learning of yet another hardware incompatibility with Windows 10, and the inconvenience to users is far greater this time around. Customers are reporting that something as simple as plugging an Amazon Kindle e-reader into a free USB port is now causing their PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update to throw up a blue screen of death (BSOD). User Tucsat posted to the Microsoft Community forums: Today I plugged in a Kindle Paperwhite and it immediately crashed my laptop to a blue screen with a QR code regarding the sys_part_mgr or something... Read more...
Windows has never been particularly helpful when encountering an error so severe that it warrants a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and system restart. Rather than provide a plain English explanation of what went wrong, you're left scratching your head wondering what the flip UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP means and what relevance code 0x0000007F has on your situation. Wouldn't it be handy if BSODs contained QR codes? Microsoft seems to think so. Reddit user "javelinnl" posted a message saying the first thing he did on his new build in his VM setup was initiate a system crash. Sure enough, the familiar BSOD appeared complete with a sad face emoticon, though it also contained a QR code and a link to... Read more...
It's been a long time since we've seen a dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSoD), but it's back and in the in the unlikeliest of places. Oddly enough, some Apple iPhone 5S owners are reporting BSoD errors, though they're a little different from the ones you may remember seeing on Windows desktops. Rather than spit out an obscure error code with a generic description, some iPhone 5S devices are suddenly turning blue before automatically restarting. The Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, a free program with new iPhones, seems to be the primary cause, though BSoD behavior has also been observed in other applications, according to complaints in Apple's support forum. Here's a demonstration of the... Read more...
Some enterprising hacker decided to test out gaming accessory maker Razer’s UK Razerzone store shopping cart by dropping in a 90% off coupon code. Then, the coupon code went viral, and people started buying Razer gear at firesale prices. Once Razer finally discovered the code, it quickly removed the company but was left with a very expensive mess. What’s a company to do? Retract all those sales and make everyone mad, or eat the cost? Razer is taking the latter path. “While we have the option of cancelling the orders legally, we’ve always had a customer comes first policy at Razer and in respect of this incident, we have decided to honor the orders that were placed using... Read more...
OCZ just made available new firmware that's supposed to fix a handful of stability issues with certain SandForce-based solid state drives (SSDs). Affected SSDs include the Vertex 3 series, Vertex 3 Max IOPS series, Agility 3 series, and Solid 3 series. According to the release notes, the firmware addresses the following: Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the primary-configured drive woke up from either a SATA slumber mode or S3/S4 modes. Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the drive was configured as primary with OS installed. Fixed a corner-case issue that may cause the drive to stutter or Windows freezing screen when a media... Read more...
If you were one of the lucky people who wanted to try the new "Genius" feature of iTunes 8, and had an HP USB printer driver installed and said printer connection --- or perhaps a few other drivers --- you might have experienced the (yes, it's still part of Windows) tried and true BSOD when you plugged in your iPod.The BSOD was happening in usbappl.sys, and a few various workarounds were posted at the Apple support forums, including unplugging or turning off your HP printer when plugging in your iPod (or iPhone, whatever).  Low-tech, right?Well, today Apple re-released iTunes 8.0.0.35 with a fix.  No more BSOD.  Of course, they did it the lazy way.  They removed the new driver... Read more...
Most of us who have used a Windows PC know what a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is. Well, there could be no more perfect timing for a BSOD than this. Right when Li Ning was rounding the lip of the Bird's Nest during the climax of the torch-lighting ceremony, someone snapped this photo of the familiar BSOD most of us have seen at one time or another. The original pic was spotted at a Chinese language forum. But the best pictures were the ones taken by rivercoolcool, who said he was sitting right below the BSOD image.  Some have speculated PhotoShopping (an obvious possibility), but quite a few have looked at these images already and seem to think, in particular, that the image was waaaaay too... Read more...
Some users have been having issues with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) after an installation. Apple has posted a support document on their site, which coincidentally also appears as the top search on the support page, indicating how prevalent the issue is.According to the support document the issue may be related to "third-party 'enhancement' software installed that does not work with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."  The document lists two different solutions.Solution 1: Reinstall Leopard (recommended).  It may be necessary to perform an Archive and Install installation of Leopard.Solution 2: Use the command line (advanced) to remove application enhancement software.  Try this solution... Read more...
All is not well in Apple-Land. Several threads on the Apple discussion forums indicate a defective batch of DVDs, as well as BSODs ("blue screen of death") after installation. Now, much as we always say about Microsoft, you can't expect 100% flawless behavior; there's no such thing as bug-free software after all. But the defective DVDs, on the other hand, seem pretty widespread.According to this thread, the bad batch of DVDs has been confirmed by Apple, and support says you should not go back to the same store you originally purchased the DVD from, as the remainder of DVDs at that store would likely be bad as well.In one of the BSOD threads; it seems Apple Support wasn't able to help very much.... Read more...