Windows 7 Black Screen Of Death

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  1. Mr. Snakey

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    I tested the beta version and the final version. I came to the conclusion that in terms of safety, Windows 7 may be even worse than Vista or XP. After seeing another faulty O.S. from Microsoft i installed Linux on all my computers. The best decision i ever made. It's simply amazing. Well it seems there has been a massive malware attack on Windows 7 causing the black screen of death for perhaps millions. Anybody get hit?



    Microsoft Windows 7 'Black Screen of Death' blamed on malware - Telegraph
     
  2. D_Tim McGnaw

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    That's interesting, what's better about Linux and how much better ?
     
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    It is free, it doesn't suck up resources, is great for power users, has a great community of people who support it, is completely open source, a lot less viruses around, and are harder to get. And you've got Linus the cute Linux penguin as the mascot!
     
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    XP is the best OS in terms of compatibility and reliability. As for "security" - each user is responsible for their own security except if they're in a work environment and the security is centrally managed.

    But I assume you are talking about individual home users.

    As long as you browse unsafe sites with scripts disabled and scan any files you download you will have no problems.

    That seems a lot simpler than installing a more limited OS which you need to learn how to use again and that just isn't as good (technically) as XP.

    As for this BSoD - which could cause confusion in itself as there are two B-screens - I am using Windows 7 RC (long story as to why that is) and do not have this problem.

    I have seen the problem however on XP and Vista machines. It is indeed caused by malware.

    A temporary fix is to press Ctrl+Alt+Del then click File > New Task > Type in explorer.exe > click OK

    The desktop should then appear. At that time you will want to do malware and spyware scans.

    But using Linux is like buying a 1 bed terraced house just because the 4 bed detached requires new locks to be installed.

    It just seems disproportionate to me.
     
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    Nope not here. (touch wood). I've been using W7 Build 7100 on two computers since early May and haven't had any issues. I use Avira for viruses, Gmail for mail and that's it. No infections so far. It's the best OS from microsoft IMO. AutoCad actually works as it should, Rhino and 3DStudioMax are fast and I rarely get a crash. In fact I don't think I've had a system crash yet. When I use my assistant's XP machine it just feels so old and clunky now.

    I have been meaning to load up a Linux system on this laptop. I just never get around to it and since I got Windows 7 and dumped the Vista, it's not a pressing concern anymore.
     
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    I am using Ubuntu 9.10. It is not limited at all. Everything is there. It in fact offers over a 1,000 different programs to the user for free. In terms of graphics, performance and stability it is just as good as Windows, if not better. It takes me a total of 25 seconds to boot up. There are no compatibility issues at all. Unpacked the O.S. only takes up 2GB's on my hard drive.
     
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    I couldnt figure Ubunto out. I'm too programmed to microsoft.

    When you load ubunto, it seemed that you had to download everything as a plugin From various sources, some safe, some not so safe.

    I finally got Vista to work with the majority of my programs. There are a few that just wont run because of the changes. I refuse to pay another $130 for W7 just to get the fancy new stuff.
     
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    It's not like that anymore. Unbuntu 9.04 and 9.10 have every plug in ready to go. You can go to their site and download it for free. Then burn a iso image of it. You can run it as a demo or install it. It takes a little time to figure it out. It has its own software center in the O.S. to download programs and plugins from.
     
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    Most of the time its the operator, not the operating system.
     
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    I think you grossly over estimate Windows, and under estimate Linux. I bet that this website is ran on a linux web server. Linux is far more stable than Windows. That is why it is such a popular choice for web servers. And like I mentioned earlier it isn't a god damn resource hog so you can turn an older computer into a fairly decent web server. By no means is it technically better than Linux. Have you seen the CUBE? That shit is cool. You've probably never used apt get, but it is amazing (yum if you are using fedora). It may not be perfect, but it is damn handy. There are many many things where you can just type aptget program name and bam it downloads it for you. Compile and you are done! One of the few things (maybe the only thing if you ask some) that windows really has over linux is there are some great programs that are windows only. But that isn't a credit to windows as an OS, that is a credit to Microsoft's marketing ability. Your average user has probably never installed an OS if I had to guess. They usually just buy their computer with it already on. What is always on it? Windows, unless it is a mac. If you are in it to make money, windows is the smart choice because of the huge market share. Not to mention just about everything for Linux is open source and free, so that can also be a conflict. Many great programs that are free are for all 3 OS's. Firefox for example is a popular one.
     
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    As for speed:

    XP is the best OS Microsoft have released (and probably will ever release, looking at their recent releases).

    If I have two identical computers - one running XP and one running Windows 7 - the XP one will respond to everything faster than the Windows 7 one.

    Windows 7 has fancy graphics that take up resources. I don't care for that and gladly sacrifice it for speed and improved stability (XP). Also there are some programs that don't work on Windows 7. But they work on XP.

    The main reason I like XP is that you can play games on it, edit video, edit audio, use Bluetooth devices etc. And its all almost instant. You can probably do the same thing on Linux but I think it would take longer and be more complicated to set up.

    Also, XP goes from POST to the login screen in ten seconds if you know what you're doing and disable a few services.

    My point is just that it's a bit of a stretch :)wink:) to jump to Linux, spend hours installing it and configuring it when you could spend five minutes securing your Windows system.

    Download NoScript Addon for Firefox
    Download AVG Free or similar

    Then you're done. Also programs and drivers for Windows are tested by Microsoft so I would assume they are more stable and work better than Linux programs.
     
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    I've been running the x64 flavor for a few weeks now and have found that it's surprisingly stable and runs like a bat out of hell compared to XP. As with any O/S you've gotta have the hardware to make the most of it.

    Best add-on EVER. Too complicated for the average user to comprehend, though, and therefore they tend to disable it in a hot minute. :rolleyes:
     
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    Welcome to the club, bud. I run Fedora Core 11 myself. Jumped in at Red Hat Linux 7. Check out MythTV for Ubuntu. A kickass DVR program for Linux. (No DVR program exists for Windows that I've been able to find) Also check out GIMP. It is better than the $10,000 version of PhotoShop.
    DOS was the best, THEN XP. That's it. Yeah, we can see how stable Micro$oft products are. >CRASH< WAIT!! I hear another one crashing now!! Micro$oft tests only the programs they make--barely. They do not test 3rd party software. Micro$oft used old code from 95, 98, ME, NT, XP. This would not have been a problem had they used the PATCHED/FIXED code. Instead they used the original coding which caused Win7 to have major issues right out of the gate. So it's quite obvious that Micro$oft doesn't test the code they or others develop. And you have to consider: Micro$oft has a small room full of what? 20-30 people doing the code. ALL Linux versions have MILLIONS of people worldwide making it better everyday. Linux requires that ALL programs play nice with each other before being released. Linux requires that there are no driver conflicts ever. Linux requires that the source code for all programs be made available to everyone. Linux encourages you to make the software better, if you dare, then share it with the world. All versions of Linux are free except Red Hat server- BUT -Red Hat helps develop Fedora which is free. All versions of Linux comes standard with a myriad of cool programs that are as good if not better than anything you have to PAY to get to use with Windows. Example: Open Office. Better than Micro$oft Word. And what it doesn't come with can usually be downloaded free. Few programs for Linux are purchased. Micro$oft vehemently does not believe in doing those things. Micro$oft actually tried to BUY all Linux source code. Now WHY would they do that?? There's no one company that makes Linux source code. So no Linux company is after Micro$oft's profit or market share. That job is completely open for Apple. From the start, Linux was purposely designed so that it could not ever be bought. If you think Windows has a speedy boot? Gentoo Linux has it beat. So which makes more sense? Paying big $$$ for absolute flawed crap? (Micro$oft/Mac) Or getting something superior for FREE?
     
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    I bet that same machine would run faster than both of them on Linux.

    No, not every program or driver is tested by Microsoft. In fact virtually none are. Is firefox tested by Microsoft? No, it is tested by Mozilla. Only software they produce and maybe a select few drivers are tested by them. Everything else is done by someone else.

    Eagle has some nice points too, though there is a windows version of a myth box, and that is Windows Media Center. Also I don't agree that OO is better than Word. I haven't used GIMP in a long time, but I have my doubts that it is better than Photoshop. It certainly wasn't when I used it, but it is more mature now so it probably is closer, but I don't think it has passed it.
     
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    I know I am in the minority on this. I started using MacOS in the late 80's. Had some ups-and-downs over the years, but for the past two+ years I've been using the same Macbook running 10.4.11, no upgrades to hardware except to increase to 1 gb SDRAM. It's so far a happy, virus-free, crash free OS for me.
     
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    I love OSX. It made me switch from Windows to Mac.

    What about games on Linux? How can I run Windows-based games on it? Can I?
     
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    best bet would be bootcamp if you have an intel mac. Wine can't handle graphically intense programs. if you have an old computer that you're not using anymore that used to have xp home or pro, you can install XP to your mac and use the key from the old computer. The license key is transferable to another computer. You just can't use the old one anymore because when you transfer the Key to the new comp Microsoft grabs your new hardware ID and associates it with that product key, then it de-activates the old HW ID.
     
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    Why bother with boot camp? Just run a dual boot setup.
     
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    Well I don't have an Intel Mac (yet). I do have two older PCs I need to do something with.

    Thanks for the suggestions! I appreciate them. :smile:
     
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