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    Default Are BSODs hardware issues?

    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.
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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    They can be caused by either hardware or software.

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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    is it true that it is more commonly hardware related?

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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    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.
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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nictech View Post
    is it true that it is more commonly hardware related?
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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    What message do you get on the BSOD?

    You could find a clue in there somewhere.

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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    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.

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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    Around 75% of the time its driver issues

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


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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    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

    1. Hardware
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    And he was right So both can cause BSOD.

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    Default Re: Are BSODs hardware issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by sammo450 View Post
    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)
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