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sammo450
22-07-2009, 09:12 AM
I am wondering if BSODs are caused by hardware problems, or software. Recently I have been getting a BSOD every time I put my machine to sleep. The screen goes into standby, then comes back on. I'll try and post an error log later.

stormdragon
22-07-2009, 09:16 AM
They can be caused by either hardware or software.

Nictech
22-07-2009, 10:33 AM
is it true that it is more commonly hardware related?

Rod J
22-07-2009, 12:20 PM
BSOD's are caused by either hardware or the hardware drivers (software). It may be a hardware problem or if you have changed/updated hardware drivers recently the driver may be the cause.

pctek
22-07-2009, 01:42 PM
is it true that it is more commonly hardware related?

No.

http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm

Cato
22-07-2009, 02:12 PM
What message do you get on the BSOD?

You could find a clue in there somewhere.

Speedy Gonzales
22-07-2009, 03:27 PM
Malware / rootkits can also make you crash. So, its not only hardware or software that can cause BSOD's. And software / drivers (that may not) be compatible with your version of windows.

Blam
22-07-2009, 07:14 PM
Around 75% of the time its driver issues

IF its not that then its hardware failure(most likely RAM)

wainuitech
22-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Once at one of MS's road shows - the speaker made a comment that woke every tech in the place up.

Computers only can have two faults


Hardware
or
Software


And he was right :D So both can cause BSOD.

Edited: actually 3 ------ PEBKAC ;)

Agent_24
23-07-2009, 01:23 PM
Recently I have been getting a BSOD every time I put my machine to sleep. The screen goes into standby, then comes back on. I'll try and post an error log later.

Did you just update your video card drivers, change any settings in the BIOS, install any new hardware or install any new software?

If it was faulty hardware I doubt the error would be that consistent and happen every single time.

Next time you get it or check the log then we'll know (hopefully)

the_bogan
23-07-2009, 03:09 PM
Is that machine part of a network?

Once, while I had a laptop connected to my PC via USB (copying files over), the laptop went to sleep. Caused a BSOD on the PC.