Most of yesterday passed in that unique state of frustration and despair which can only be engendered by the blue screen of death. Not sure what is wrong with the desktop (apart from being nearly 5 years old and running out of hard drive, RAM, and system resources; obviously). So now I am faced with the decision of reformatting the desktop in an attempt to squeeze a few more years out of it, or to indulge my consumerist urge and buy a new beast. Oh, the temptation… !

6 thoughts on “STOP:0x0000007E

  1. I trust you are backing up regularly whenever you don't get the blue screen of death?
    5 years is ancient for a computer. It gets to the point where you can't even fit the new motherboards into the old shells. Mine is 5 years old and I think the only original bit left is the DVD drive and hard drive. Everything else went the way of all things that can go "fzzt"
    So I'm on the "buy!" cheersquad, if you can afford it.

  2. Install Linux!

    Any details on why you're getting a blue screen of death? It might be overheating, now that it's getting warmer there? In which case, cleaning the dust out of the case and cpu fan might get it back on it's feet handily.

    If it's actually failing hardware, then reinstalling windows probably won't help. If it's bogus software corruption, then it will, and you'll have the same machine you had before, working as well as it ever did – no 'stretching a few more years out of it', if it works well enough and you're happy then it's all good, eh?

  3. @Melinda – can you believe, everything in this beastie is original, no upgrades here, nosirree!

    @Jan – I've been thinking of a Linux install, amazingly enough. Haven't gotten around to it yet. I don't think it's an overheating issue (I try to keep it reasonably clean); I think there's been a corrupt install somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, I won't have time to format and reinstall until after the novel is finished 🙁

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