Blue Screen of Death While Gaming? Try this!

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Blue screen of death while gaming can be caused by many different factors: outdated drivers, incompatible software, hardware conflicts, bad RAM timings.

So you’re playing your favorite game when all of a sudden it freezes, but not just freezes. The screen goes black and then comes up with the dreaded “blue screen of death”. This can be quite frustrating to gamers who enjoy their games in all their richness without constant interruption. For many gamers, this is an exceptional nuisance that they would like nothing more than to put behind them for good. But wait! There are solutions out there, so don’t give up hope!

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To start with, there are some things you can do on your end before consulting others for help or attempting any repairs.

Power supply

First, make sure that the power supply is turned all the way up. When you are running the game in full-screen mode, there is an option that allows for high performance. Make sure this is turned on to help with your power supply issue.

A weak or faulty power supply can cause all sorts of issues, not just with gaming but with regular use as well. You can test this by unplugging your PC, removing the side panel, and looking at the graphics card. There should be two connectors – one for the motherboard and one for the graphics card. If they’re both plugged in tightly, then give your power supply a good shake. If it moves AT ALL, it’s not providing enough power to your components and you should replace it.

Compatibility

Additionally, if you have just recently upgraded any of your computer components like the graphics card or the CPU make sure it is compatible with what you already have. You can do this by checking out the hardware compatibility list online before purchasing new components which will be covered later in more detail. If you did upgrade something and notice problems immediately after doing so, uninstall it (or ask someone else to uninstall it) then reinstall it back into its original socket or slot. You may want to test out other options along these lines to find an alternative solution if needed.

Overheating

Another common issue that can cause blue screens is overheating. This is especially common in laptops, which can overheat very quickly. If your laptop is overheating, you’ll likely see a message telling you to shut it down to prevent damage. You can try installing a cooling pad to help keep it cool, or if that doesn’t work, you might need to take it in for repair.

Drivers

Finally, make sure your computer’s drivers are up-to-date. Out-of-date drivers can often cause blue screens, so it’s important to keep them updated. You can check for driver updates on your manufacturer’s website.

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Blue screen of death while gaming on a laptop

If you’re experiencing blue screens while gaming, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue.

Overheating

One thing to check is your laptops’ temperature. If your laptop is overheating, you’ll likely see a message telling you to shut it down to prevent damage. You can try installing a cooling pad to help keep it cool, or if that doesn’t work, you might need to take it in for repair.

Check that your laptop’s cooling fan is running. If the fan isn’t working, the laptop will overheat and automatically shut down to prevent damage.

The best way to check this is by placing your hand near/underneath where it vents out cold air; if you don’t feel the cold air rushing out, there may be a blockage or something blocking its path (i.e., dust). If all else fails, contact customer service for your specific laptop model; they’ll repair it free of charge.

Drivers

One of the most common causes of BSODs while gaming on laptops is outdated drivers. Out-of-date drivers can often cause blue screens, so it’s important to keep them updated. You can check for updates on your manufacturer’s website.

Power management

Another issue that often causes blue screens while gaming on laptops is overactive power management settings on your computer’s BIOS/UEFI firmware interface. A quick fix for this issue is deleting the overclocking setting from the BIOS.

RAM

Another common reason for blue screens while gaming on laptops is faulty RAM modules or incompatible RAM speeds/timings. To test if your RAM is the problem, you should use Memtest86+ to run a thorough memory diagnostics test.

Running too many applications at once can also cause blue screens while gaming on laptops if the computer doesn’t have enough RAM for them all. You might want to close some of your open programs and see if that fixes it.

BIOS Configuration

If you’re still getting bluescreens while gaming on your laptop, you might need to reset your BIOS settings back to default (or restore them from an earlier backup). Some BIOSes include an option called “load-optimized defaults” which will do this automatically; others might require you to press a specific key (usually Delete, F2, or Esc) during the boot process to enter the BIOS configuration utility. Once you’re in the BIOS, look for an option to reset all settings to their defaults.

Incompatible hardware

If you’ve tried all of the above and are still experiencing blue screens while gaming on your laptop, it might be time to consider upgrading your hardware. You could try to upgrade your CPU, graphics card, or the motherboard; however, these are usually expensive and difficult upgrades to make. Alternatively, you might want to purchase a new laptop altogether.

To test if one of these is the cause of your problems, you can try to boot into safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows with only the essential drivers and services loaded, so if one of your drivers or services is causing the blue screens, it won’t start in safe mode.

Software conflicts

Check for any software conflicts. You can do this by running a program like CCleaner, which scans for and fixes any conflicts on your computer.

Our advice

As always, be careful what you download from the internet – use trusted sources like Steam! And please share this article with others who might benefit from checking their systems for these steps before having to contact customer support!