blue screen of death

Main Entry:  blue screen of death
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a bright blue screen displayed by the Microsoft Windows operating system when it cannot recover from a system error; abbreviated BSOD
Example:  The blue screen of death almost always means the computer has frozen and requires rebooting.
Usage:  computing's 21st Century Lexicon
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blue screen of death definition

and BSOD
  1. phr. & comp. abb.
    the blue computer screen that appears in early versions of Windows when Windows discovers a programming or operational error. : Every time I run that program I get the BSOD. , No matter what program causes the blue screen of death, Bill Gates gets the blame.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

Blue Screen of Death definition

(BSOD) The infamous white-on-blue text screen which appears when Microsoft Windows crashes. BSOD is mostly seen on the 16-bit systems such as Windows 3.1, but also on Windows 95 and apparently even under Windows NT 4. It is most likely to be caused by a GPF, although Windows 95 can do it if you've removed a required CD-ROM from the drive. It is often impossible to recover cleanly from a BSOD.
The acronym BSOD is sometimes used as a verb, e.g. "Windoze just keeps BSODing on me today".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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