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Blue screen of death

Discussion in Technical Support started by Aphilion, Oct 25, 2015

  1. Dec 17, 2007
    I have a fairly old lap top that has shown me the blue screen of death. I am unable to get it to start up, would that mean the hard drive is corrupted and I would need to replace it?
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    What error do you get when prompted with the BSOD?
  3. Dec 17, 2007
    Well it actually only came up once and then when I try to restart the computer it just stays on the windows logo and won't load up.
  4. Jan 21, 2011
    Have you tried starting it in safe mode?
  5. Jun 17, 2014
    Boot it up, Spam your button to enter your Bios Setup.
    Under one of the tabs, There should be a Diagnostics/Tools menu that has the option to run a "Primary Hard Disk Self Test", Most likely has a "RAM/Memory test" too. (The exact wording of the option for your particular BIOS maybe slightly different)

    If the test fails, You're hard drive is shot, And will need replaced.

    If all the tests pass, Then you probably have corrupted OS files. Full reformat & fresh install of your OS should fix it.

    Note -
    If your BIOS is outdated, Running this test on a SATA drive may generate an error message indicating that "diagnostics are not supported, or doesn't exist".
    If this may happens, Determine if an updated version of your BIOS is available for you're Laptop... If that's the case, Flash the BIOS with the updated one, and then run the test again.

    (Pretty sure you're not running a SSD on a old Laptop, But just throwing this out there just in case)
    Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, But if I remember correctly, this hard drive testing process CAN NOT be performed on a SSD.

    Hopefully this helps you some what, Let me know if I can help.

    - Bapple
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    • Programming King Programming King x 1
    • Dec 17, 2007
      yes I have, and it still stays on the windows logon screen. I'm wondering if I should just replace the HD completely

      I'll try it
    • Feb 27, 2012
      Don't most motherboards scream at you with a SMART warning if it is bad? I know every ASUS motherboard i have ever owned does a SMART test when booting.

      Which gives me an idea. @Aphilion if you have a spare PC, plug your HDD into it and run this program to see if there are any problems. http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
      If not, you can boot into another operating system from a flash drive or something to run a test of some sort.
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      • Jan 21, 2011
        It'll still POST if there are bad sectors. It doesn't scan the entire drive every time it boots up.
      • Aug 2, 2014
        Quit watching porn:clown::beer:
        • Agree Agree x 1
        • Feb 27, 2012
          I probably had my motherboard set to long boot and run all tests every boot then. I usually do that. Idc about boot times and i'd like to know if something starts failing. But at the same time, when i had my faulty hard drive, windows screamed at me that it failed to pass SMART. Windows and the motherboard probably do a very basic check when booting.
        • Feb 25, 2014
          Thank you, now i know what cosplay i want to wear next year.

        • Jun 17, 2014

          Depends if you have your BIOS set to play the beep sound when a hardware failure happens. At least mine has an option to turn it On/Off....