Solved Pulling my hair out!

Intel / Awrdacpi
September 7, 2011 at 15:49:40
Specs: XP Home, 2.4 Core 2 / 1 gig
I have been outfoxed by a screen saver! No I am not happy about it! A friend calls and tells me he is getting blue screen errors. I walked him through the steps to keep the system from rebooting so that he could tell me the exact error\s. He then explains that he had been playing halo for hours with no trouble. Then doing other things with no trouble at all. I ofcourse asked if anything had been installed lately to which he said "No not in over a month". While I was on the phone with him he got one of the bsods. As he was reading it to me it said restarting at the bottom? It went back to his desktop the to a different bsod error. It did this five times before he shut it down at the power button.

With this I figured I could help better in person so off to his house I went. I ran Win. Mem. Diag. tool with no errors. Ran mem test 86+ again no errors. During all of this no blue screens. I then started looking at drivers. I think I replaced all 3rd party drivers and most microsoft ones as well. While we were sitting trying to figure what to check next finally another blue screen. This one was Panic Stack Switch........apisetsschema.dll. At this point I started driver verifier which after nearly 4 hours came up with nothing. I've now been here for around 8 hours an I am a bit peeved that I can't figure this out. Again while we were discussing our next move (throwing it out the window) another blue screen. This time I just sat and stared. Sure enough after 30 seconds or so it said restarting? I just let it go. It did this at least 10 times each time with a different error before I noticed that they were recycleing.

Now I am really ticked. Instead of shutting down I hit the space bar like that is going to cure a bsod. Guess what? It sent me back to the desktop. I still had full control. I didn't get it yet so I let it go awhile 10 minutes to be exact because that is when the screen saver is set to come on! Then I checked the screen saver it is something called "Sysinternals Bluescreen". I came really close to slapping my soon to be ex-friend. Turns out his teenage son found it somewhere and intended to show it to him. He forgot. Dad went in to change their current screen saver and clicked on the wrong line. The one he wanted was on the line below it.

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September 8, 2011 at 03:10:35
Hi Shelbyclan

Well done for finding it.

I reckon many would also have torn their hair out with this one.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 8, 2011 at 08:46:38
Good catch. Good troubleshooting.

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September 8, 2011 at 09:02:56
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Bluescreen is still the best screensaver out there, and this story proves it. Did the hard drive nuts go while "rebooting?" That's one of the meaner options.

I once heard a story of a tech department that had it installed on their Windows servers. (Because why not?) Everything ran fine until some big boss decided to walk amongst the server racks off hours, and saw nothing but blue screens. Hilarity ensued.

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September 8, 2011 at 12:09:23
The "catch" really wasn't mine as I only caught it by accident. As for my troubleshooting skills......I got beat by a screen saver. They can't be that good. I am a wanna be at best. I have no training and really don't plan on any other than good ol' trial and error. It does seem if I get enough errors occasionally the trial part works. I guess the one thing I have in my favor there is if it challenges me I make note of it when I actually do find a solution.

By the way I got a copy of it to put on the kids computer. Maybe they'll go back outside for a bit. Hahaha

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