BSOD Blues

Do you have the BSOD blues from your computer displaying the blue screen of death? Listen and learn as the Tech woes IT pros engineer a cure for the BSOD blues.


is short for thBSOD bluese blue screen of death. In brief, it is the error screen you see after a Windows system crash. First of all, try restarting your computer, to see if the problem continues. Also, you can boot into safe mode and check the Windows logs, or research the BSOD error code. If it shows a boot disk error, you can schedule a check disk on next start. On the other hand, if you have a memory error, you could try removing and reseating your RAM. Or possibly, removing all peripherals will solve the problem. In fact, in many cases a system restore will fix the problem. Finally, make sure you know what you are doing. You do not want to lose your documents and photos!

Following is a transcript

of a person with a BSOD and an unhelpful helpful tech support person. As is my policy, I have changed the names to protect the guilty. Any resemblance to real life situations is purely coincidental. Or is it? Perhaps, it is a little bit of both. I hope you enjoy my goofy attempt at geek humor.   I welcome you to express your opinions and share your frustrating experiences in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with others. Thank you for stopping by.  Craig Herberg

Unhelpful tech support guy: Technical support.  How may we humiliate you?

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: My computer keeps getting the blue screen of death.  Can you help me?

Unhelpful tech support guy: Yes.  You are running the Gizmo nine thousand.

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Huh?

Unhelpful tech support guy: That’s the computer model you have.  The Gizmo nine thousand is plagued by the blue screen of death.  We need to upgrade you to the Gizmo nine thousand one.  It completely eliminates the blue screen of death.

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Really?

Unhelpful tech support guy: Absolutely.  It is totally new from top to bottom.  The blue screen of death has been replaced by the magenta screen of death.  It is really great.  We will upgrade you right away.

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Thank you so much.  You don’t know how much this will help me.

Unhelpful tech support guy: As always, you’re welcome. [Aside] And, yes I do know how much it will help you.

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