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User Info: Synbios459

Synbios459
6 days ago#1
Like with Windows 95/98. What exactly was it that cause it to pop up so incredibly frequently?
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User Info: unknown_VS

unknown_VS
6 days ago#2
Didn't ever happen to me.

Same for Vista, XP had some issues but it'd usually do a system check or something instead iirc.

I still have the win 98 PC too, works like a charm even though it's been soaked with water several times (it's right under a roof window...) haha, no BSOD, nope.

^i use it exclusively to play stunt car racer 4D or something!

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User Info: Shinkoden

Shinkoden
6 days ago#3
I don't remember it happening all that much if at all. Same as today, only time I really get it is from something that I did such as an unstable over-clock.
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User Info: DarkZV2Beta

DarkZV2Beta
6 days ago#5
Win95/98 were built on top of DOS, and didn't have as much separation between root and user privilege. Because of this, badly written software could more easily cause an error that the system couldn't smoothly deal with.
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User Info: unknown_VS

unknown_VS
6 days ago#6
Bad hardware.
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User Info: Edavy89

Edavy89
6 days ago#7
I really don't remember it being a frequent issue since the DOS days.

User Info: MarceloSampaio

MarceloSampaio
6 days ago#8
BSOD wasn't that frequent.

Well, it was fairly frequent for some people when 95 was new, but it eventually got updated and got WAY more stable.

I think I got a couple of BSODs in Windows 95, one of them related to hardware instability (GPU going bad) and one related to my Sound Blaster 16 using outdated drivers (I was using a driver that was made for Windows 3.1, I believe. I was surprised it even worked!).

Never got BSODs in Windows 98, if I remember correctly. Got it once or twice in Windows 98 SE (and I eventually found out my motherboard was about to die).
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User Info: MarceloSampaio

MarceloSampaio
6 days ago#9
unknown_VS posted...
Didn't ever happen to me.

Same for Vista, XP had some issues but it'd usually do a system check or something instead iirc.

I still have the win 98 PC too, works like a charm even though it's been soaked with water several times (it's right under a roof window...) haha, no BSOD, nope.

^i use it exclusively to play stunt car racer 4D or something!

Just out of curiosity, why keep an old PC around just to play one (or a few) DOS games? Most DOS games work perfectly on Dosbox anyway.

I understand keeping an old PC around to play some more oobscue DOS gmes that run like ass on Dosbox (like Bedlam) and some early Windows 9x games, but a game like Stunts works perfectly on Dosbox.
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32x2z
6 days ago#10
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