BSODs, software vs hardware
by ramo89 - 8/14/09 7:06 PM
In Reply to: Last BSOD by jazzy5
I won't lie, I have had a few BSODs that I know for sure were a result of software conflicts or inconsistencies. Who's to blame, the software producer or the creators of the operating system? Beats me... Although, since I've started using XP with SP3, I can't ever recall BSOD'ing from a software issue.
I do overclock my rig quite a bit though, and while I'm testing for stability, of course I'm going to get BSODs.. quite a bit actually, but that's totally normal, especially when you're pushing a Q6600 to do 4.0GHz on air + aftermarket HSF ... for the record, I've only ever managed 3.75GHz (it was a B3 stepping); only stable enough to make a few runs of 3DMark06, ORTHOS and OCCT to set some benchmarking scores, but eventually it BSODs...
Besides overclocking, I've had some peripherals that for whatever reason will cause a BSOD with any system I connect it to. I think in someway the circuitry/board, or the data within the hardware in question (something like a usb key or mp3 player) is corrupted.
I think the whole thing about the BSOD is just so inflated and overhyped.. other OSs will hang, freeze and have catastrophic failures.. the BSOD, I think, just freaks people out because one minute you're looking at your desktop, and the next minute you have this bright blue screen with bright, scary old-school font, and I'm sure that sorta extreme transition freaks people out, whereas the screen just hanging or blacking out has less of a signature to it, people can't really call it anything, it's just a standard freeze, so you don't get this sorta infamous legacy with it...
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