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The “AGP INVALID ACCESS” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear when the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) or visual processing unit that accelerates the creation of images has performed an unauthorized manipulation or alteration in the AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) memory. It is an indication of a bug or problem with the installed video driver, or outdated BIOS (Basic Input / Output System). In most instances of this BSOD error, the installed video driver is not tested properly, or is unsigned. This BSOD error or Windows Stop message results […]

The “ATTEMPTED SWITCH FROM DPC” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear when the computer abruptly shuts down during the initialization process for older versions of Windows, such as Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 7 and 8. This error is caused by a delayed procedure call (DPC) routine that attempted to perform an illegal operation. The DPC is triggered when the kernel detects a hung condition and makes a call to terminate or interrupt a software. It means that a yield, attach process, or a wait operation was executed from […]

The “AGP GART CORRUPTION” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error is an abrupt shutdown of the computer that results from a bug or an improper memory access by the device driver that utilizes the Direct Memory Access (DMA). This BSOD error means that the GART (Graphics Apperture Remapping Table) has been corrupted, resulting in the shutdown of the computer to prevent data loss. This BSOD error is often due to incompatibilities with installed device drivers and malfunctioning hardware, particularly recently installed devices before the error occurred. This BSOD error is […]

The “FATAL SYSTEM ERROR” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP. This error normally occurs when the operating system is unable to locate a device driver (SYS File), or if the existing file is corrupted or damaged. This error is referred to in many instances as a system crash, wherein the system stops due to unsafe operating conditions. This means that installing the required device driver or replacing the corrupted file may resolve this BSOD error. In some situations, this BSOD error […]

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The “AGP INTERNAL”BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error appears on the computer screen when the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) detects a problem with an installed video device or driver. The AGP functions as a channel that attaches the motherboard of the computer to the installed video card, and helps to accelerate 3D video graphics. The computer implements the automatic shutdown to prevent the loss of important data. This BSOD error is usually associated with drivers that are outdated, corrupted, or incompatible with the installed video adapter. It is also caused […]

Are you running emulation or virtualization software and getting this BSoD in Windows 8.1? Here’s how to fix it.

My day watching Windows Weekly

Yesterday I had the privilege of driving up to Petaluma to watch the live broadcast of Windows Weekly. It was a great experience and I thought I would share some highlights from the day with you all. Below is a link to the actual episode of the show: //twit.tv/show/windows-weekly/356 Arriving at the TWiT office on a beautiful day in Petaluma! Here is the team filming the show Watching the show live was a lot fun. The group of people who came to watch were friendly and were all very enthusiastic […]

The “BOOTING IN SAFEMODE NETWORK” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear during the initialization process for Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2008, and Windows 7 and 8. It means that the computer boots in the Safe Mode and with Network services, but many other services are unavailable. It shutdowns the system and forces a reboot to prevent damage and data loss. The BSOD error is usually caused by damaged or a corrupted files, such as damaged system files that result in startup errors. Corrupted system files result from the […]

Announcing Start Menu Reviver 2

Today we are extremely excited to announce the release date and details for Start Menu Reviver 2! The product will be available on May 1st. Read more about what is new in version 2 here.

The “AGP ILLEGALLY REPROGRAMMED” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error is an indication of the unauthorized reprogramming of the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), and usually appears when there is a bug in the installed driver for a video device. It causes the computer to shutdown automatically, which results in the loss of unsaved data. The appearance of this BSOD error may also be due to a corrupted or outdated driver, or the installation of a driver that is incompatible with the system. It may also be due to the installation […]

The Start Menu is coming back to Windows 8

Announced at the Microsoft BUILD conference in April 2014, the Start Menu is coming back to Windows 8. But it is not what it once was…

Your computer is not as smart as you think it is. In the case of deciding when to go to sleep it can not read your mind and put itself to sleep so that battery life is not wasted. So why should you use sleep mode at all? Sleep mode puts your PC into a low-power state, and resuming from sleep happens very quickly. Sleep mode does draw battery power, but very slowly which makes it the ideal state to leave your computer in if you want to start using […]

Sometimes Windows will give you a cryptic message that says that the software used to decode is not available. Here’s how to fix this issue.

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