Users of windows system are sure to have experienced, at one point or another, the terrors of “The Fatal Exception”, commonly called the “Blue Screen Of Death”, or BSOD. Although the BSOD has largely been thrown onto the software slag heap, in Vista, crashes haven’t been totally banished. When windows encounters a condition that compromises safe system operation (i.e. a “bug”), the system halts. This condition is called a ‘bug check’. It is also commonly referred to as a system crash, a kernel error, a system fault, or a Stop error. When Windows encounters such a serious error that forces it to stop running, it displays a BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH or just ‘lovingly’ called BSOD!
Try a registry cleaner. The registry cleaner will clean up among all the trash files that are created in your registry when installing and uninstalling programs on your PC. There are a lot of them out there, you can find recommendations on my website.
Plug your key into the car’s ignition and turn to the “On” or “Run” position. This also may vary referring to car model, so look up your manual often.
The first step in troubleshooting a computer is to figure out if it is turning on or not. This means verifying that the power source is functional and that the cables are properly plugged in. From there, we need to monitor sounds and LEDs. Are the lights coming on like they should? Do you hear beeps? Is the fan spinning up? If all of these basic functions are starting up properly, then we can move on to verifying that the display elements are working properly. Otherwise, we’re stuck doing board level Urodynamics. If the lights are not coming on then there is a power issue. Even if a motherboard is faulty, the system lights should still turn on when the power button is pressed. Verify the integrity of the power environment before testing the power supply with a power supply tester.
Are you aware that most vets spend time, on their own clock, consulting with other vets about unusual cases? They do. You may be getting multiple expert opinions without even knowing it. As a vet, I can think of many nights where my veterinarian husband and I spent the evening in the office reading the latest journal articles and bouncing ideas off of each other. And, it doesn’t just happen to veterinarians who happen to be married to each other. All vets do this, I hope.
There are lots of different types of scanners available. There are simple versions that are manufacturer specific. There are also more complex scanners that not only read OBD II codes, but also earlier versions of OBD. Several are available in multiple languages. Most have LCD screens that allow you to read the codes and view graphics such as charts and graphs. You can also purchase extender cables that are sure to come in handy. Most of the versions with LCD screens allow you to view live engine data, record and playback stored vehicle information, and even the ability print information through a personal computer. Watching your live engine data is really cool! Prices range from $30.00 on the low end and up to $800 and above on the higher end.
This is obviously a skeptics view of Windows Vista. I don’t think anything has been unfairly called into question however. As with most new software the safest thing to do is let them work out the bugs, and keep note of what others are saying. If everything is looking good this time next year, maybe Vista will be worth a try.