I got the BSOD the other day. Frightening, considering how I have been patching and mending the mother ship for a couple years now.

Happily, when I rebooted, everything was working.


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  1. andersonbd1 says:

    I have always had a problem viewing images in your posts and I believe I figured out that the problem. If I view them in google reader first and then go to your site the images never show up. I believe this is because of a redirect script you have setup. If the first time I view a post is at your site, then it works fine. I can provide more info, but first wanted to see if you were aware of this issues.

  2. APX says:

    No BSOD since I got rid of Windows Millenium, but I’m stuck using an outdated version of Explorer (can’t upgrade ’cause I’m at work) and it has given me the ever so annoying, “Internet explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. You will lose any unsaved data.” nonsense all morning. It’s not helping me get my online classes worked on. Grrr!!!

  3. It is known fact that about 95% of the problems with Windows can be cured with a simple restart (of the computer). And yes, this can include the BSOD as well.

  4. Jim in VT says:

    One of my guilty pleasures is the British comedy “The IT Crowd”. One of the running bits on the show is that the main characters, who work in a corporate IT department, always answer the phone by asking “have you tried turning it off and on again?”.

  5. frjim4321 says:

    One of my employees told me last week that her computer was not working. I went into the office and saw the the computer was not plugged in . . . the unplugged end was right there in plain sight. Exasperating.

    I dread having to replace my 7-year old computer because I HATE the near MS products (with .docx and .xlsx, etc.). I HATE the “ribbon.”

    My consultant here has a super-fast unix laptop (LINUX) and I’m thinking of moving in that direction. Just getting LINUX and doing everything in the cloud.

  6. lgreen515 says:

    Google Chrome: Explorer without the bugs.

  7. MJ says:

    “It is known fact that about 95% of the problems with Windows can be cured with a simple restart (of the computer). And yes, this can include the BSOD as well.”

    This really is true. I used to manage a helpdesk at a university…people used to give me frustrated looks when I’d ask them to restart their machines…but it really does usually do the trick.

    100% of the problems with Windows can be cured with a simple purchase of a Mac. ;-)

    (Now I’m just waiting for Fr Z’s red comments, in which he points out the ‘Donate to buy Fr Z a Mac’ button ;-)

  8. RichR says:

    We went Mac and have never looked back.

    BSOD is just a bad memory, but not a present reality.

  9. Banjo pickin girl says:

    My Macbook froze solid Saturday. I had to restart it. Then everything was fine. Apparently it didn’t like my having a pdf file open while I was working in Pages.

  10. ejcmartin says:

    My BSOD last week just cost me a couple of hundred bucks. (not to mention time reinstalling everything)

  11. Random Friar says:

    This cartoon is not quite as funny when your airline pilot is saying it…

  12. Jeremiah says:

    Actually, @Catholic Tech Geek, I’ve found a much more efficient means of repair. Shotgun to the computer fixes 100% of issues with a Windows computer.

    Good luck on the Mac Fr. Z! I “converted” when I started college and have never looked back.

  13. JonPatrick says:

    But what does the Blue Screen really say? :-)

    There is usually a line of text (in computerese) at the top which if you write down then Google it once you reboot the machine, sometimes leads to a solution.

    many blue screens are caused by driver issues. In the ecclesiastical world a priest or bishop that misbehaves is sent off to minister in Lower Slobbovia; in the computer world he or she is sent off to write drivers for the latest scanner or printer. Also given that companies such as HP seem to change their product line about every 3 weeks that doesn’t give much time to get the bugs out of these drivers before they are shipped.

    It sometimes helps to check on the web for updates to drivers if one is having a recurring problem.

  14. Denise says:

    I have noticed the same thing. I cannot view images on this site if I access it from Google reader. However, all I have to do is hit the refresh button and when the page reloads, the image is visible.

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