Blue Screen of Death
(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".
Last updated: 1998-09-08
Blue Screen of Lifefile system loading, and any problems such as conversions from FAT to NTFS or a scan of a hard drive. The Blue Screen of Life occurs in one way, as opposed to the Blue Screen of Death, which can occur in many different ways and times. [Is this term ever used in connection with Windows 3.x or Windows 9x?]
Last updated: 1999-04-18