Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Blue Screen of Death and Video Drivers

I'm breathing a sigh of semi-relief this afternoon. For the past couple of days I've been doing fierce battle with the BSOD. I have a 4-year-old machine, but can't yet afford a new one, so when I Googled the info in the BSOD messages and saw "Bad RAM" I was not happy. The RAM that my Dell requires is very pricey indeed, a fact I was unaware of when I configured it, so to replace the RAM would not be cost effective. In any case, the machine I configured just for fun on Dell's site the other day would cost me about $6,000, including the 30-inch monitor. I tried all sorts of things, to fix the problem, which was made even more difficult by the crashes I was experiencing every 20 minutes of up time or so. No good. Finally I remembered one other possible remedy: Update my freaking video driver! I've been BSOD-free for about 24 hours, so my hopes are up that I've solved the problem. If it comes back, you may not hear from me for a while, since I will have slit my own throat.