Screen of death

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A Blue Screen of Death as it appears in the Windows 9x family of operating systems

In many computer operating systems, a special type of error message will display onscreen when the system has experienced a fatal error. Computer users have dubbed these messages screens of death as they typically result in unsaved work being lost and often indicate serious problems with the system's hardware or software. Screens of death are usually the result of a kernel panic, although the terms are frequently used interchangeably. Most screens of death are displayed on an even background color with a message advising the user to restart the computer.

Notable screens of death[edit]

A Linux Kernel Panic, forced by an attempt to kill init
Mac OS X 10.6 kernel panic

Other screens of death[edit]

The following refers to screens of death that are not based upon computer operating systems and appear instead in other media.

  • A White Screen of Death appears on several different operating systems (and some VHS),[citation needed] CMS[1] and BIOSes, including Apple iPhones and iPods.[2]
  • A Yellow Screen of Death occurs when an ASP.NET web application encounters a problem and crashes.[3]
  • A Green Screen of Death is a green screen that appears on a TiVo with a message that includes the words "a severe error has occurred". Its appearance often means that the hard drive of the device has failed.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drupal White Screen of Death". 
  2. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (2006-09-12). "The Apple iPod's White Screen of Death". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  3. ^ Busoli, Simone (November 15, 2007). "ELMAH - Error Logging Modules And Handlers". [self-published source?]
  4. ^ Carter and Bellomo. How to Do Everything with Your TiVo. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2004. pp 245, 246 & 344. Google Books.
  5. ^ Krikorian. TiVo Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. O'Reilly Media. 2003. Page 24.