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10 effective ways to fix red screen of death on your PC

10 effective ways to fix red screen of death on your PC

When you type “Red Screen” on Google, the first option you will likely see is an article about Stephen King’s short story, Red Screen, by Wikipedia. However, that is not what we are talking about. The Red screen, in this case, refers to what happens on your computer when the screen turns red.

You may have encountered this problem from time to time on your computer and wondering what it means. Yeah, you are right. It is an annoying problem, and this article will teach you how to fix it.

What is red screen?

What is red screen?

A red screen is a red stint that appears on the screen of a computer or other devices. It often happens even when your computer is working fine outside of your monitor. In many cases,  the red screen is caused by a poorly connected or damaged monitor cable and not a failing piece of hardware. The bad connection is not limited to only red colour. It can show in green and blue colours.

Red screen of death

The red screen of death (RSOD) is a standard Windows error where a computer, also known as a PC, displays a red background. It can happen at any time, such as when you are playing games, watching videos, updating the Windows version and much more. The RSOD is caused by several factors, such as outdated drivers, failed graphics drivers,  BIOS problems, incorrect software configuration and hardware malfunction.

The RSOD is a relatively common problem on PC, especially when you are using two different Windows at the same time. In addition, typical issues of the red screen of death include the following:

  • Windows Startup Red Screen: This usually occurs due to incompatible or outdated drivers and installing incorrect files.
  • Loading Red Screen: An error that usually occurs when your PC is hanging with a red colour on the screen background.
  • Red Flashes: An error that usually occurs due to the overclocking of the PC.
  • Excel Red Screen Error: This may be due to the graphics card or its driver conflict issue.
  • PS4 Red Screen of Death: Most commonly caused by overheating.
  • Nvidia Red Screen: This usually occurs due to the conflict of overclocking.
  • Cursor Audio Red Screen: This happens because of incompatible or outdated audio or video drivers.

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How to fix red screen of death

Now that you know what the red screen of death means, let us discuss different ways you can fix it. Below are 10 ways to fix RSOD.

Restart your computer and wait.

Restart your computer and wait.

The first and the most common way to fix the red screen of death is by restarting your computer. Sometimes, it works if you wait patiently for a few minutes after restarting. All you have to do is click on the Windows button, click the power button symbol button from the bottom right side and left-click on the Restart option.

Unplug all external devices and reconnect the power cable

Unplug all external devices and reconnect the power cable

Sometimes the red screen death issue occurs due to system hardware failure. If that is the case, just unplug all the external devices and reconnect the power cable. This step will help fix the problem by testing all the hardware components.

Update your BIOS/UEFI to fix RSOD error

Update your BIOS/UEFI to fix RSOD error

If the problem is  BIOS/UEFI, then make sure you update. It is important to do this properly; otherwise, it may cause permanent damage to your PC.

So, how do you update BIOS/UEFI? Visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest version. Do the update following the instructions on the website.

Reinstall your PC memory

Reinstall your PC memory

The red screen of death issue may occur due to the malfunction of memory (RAM) on your PC. To fix it, you have to reinstall the memory. First, turn off your computer and unplug the power cable or charger. Remove the cover of the PC and the memory inside. Clean the golden part of the memory with an eraser and install it back. Then, attach the cover of the PC back, charge it and put it on. Check if the problem has been solved.

Reinstall Windows 10

Reinstall Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10, then you might want to reinstall the operating system. To fix the red screen that appears due to the corruption of the files, take the following steps:

  • Download and create an installation ISO file using the Windows Media Creation Tool.
  • Double-click on the “Set up” to open it.
  • Select “Download and install updates (recommended)”.
  • Select the “Change what to keep” option under “What needs your attention”.
  • An option of whether you want to keep your apps and files or delete everything will appear. If you have a backup, select “Nothing”. Otherwise, select “Keep personal files only” or “Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings”.
  •  Select “Next”, follow the prompts and allow a few minutes for the installation to complete.

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Remove overclock settings

Remove overclock settings

Overclocking can be great because it increases the performance of your PC. On the other hand, it can cause the CPU or GPU to overheat, leading to permanent damage to your hardware. Therefore, if your PC has a red screen of death due to overclocking, then you need to remove the overclocking settings.

To do that:

  • Right-click on the Windows button and select the “Run” option from the list.
  • Type msinfo32 into the Run box and press Enter.
  • For the BIOS Version/Data information, go to the manufacturer’s official website and download the latest BIOS update. Then install it properly.
  • Check if the issue is fixed after installation.

Uninstall softOSD.exe Process

Uninstall softOSD.exe Process

SoftOSD is a manager for connected hardware displays. The application runs the softOSD interface, a direct display-control software that can manage and modify display settings independent of the operating system. It is not an essential Windows program, so you can safely remove it. Take the following steps:

  • Go to Windows Settings > Applications
  • Search for softOSD among the options displayed.
  • Once found, click on the vertical dot menu to open the advanced option.
  • Terminate the program, and then uninstall it.

Modify the Settings.ini File

Modify the Settings.ini File

If the red screen of death occurs when you are playing a game, then you have to modify the Settings.ini file. To do this, take the following steps:

  • Open the Documents section under the Files menu.
  • Open the BFBC folder.
  • Find the Settings.ini file and open it. Then search for the line DxVersion=auto and change it with DxVersion=9.
  • Save the changes, launch the game, and check if the problem is solved.

Reinstall AMD drivers and turn on “Include Subfolders”

Reinstall AMD drivers and turn on "Include Subfolders"

Sometimes, the AMD graphics drivers are the problem. To fix this, you must download and install the latest AMD Windows drivers and update the driver if any are available.

Follow these steps to do this:

  • Download the latest version of your AMD graphics driver from its official website.
  • Left-click the Windows button and search for the device manager option.
  • Select the display adaptor option, right-click on your graphics driver, and click on the update driver option.
  • It will open a new window where you must select “browse my computers for drivers”.
  • Find the updated AMD drivers’ location and click “Next” to install it. Do not forget to select the included subfolders.
  • Restart your PC to see if the red screen of death is gone.

Uninstall recently installed software

What is red screen?

The red screen of death can occur due to some recent software you have installed on your PC. You need to uninstall the software. To do this, take the following steps:

  • Left-click on the Windows button and search for Setting. Click on the apps on the left side panel.
  • Select the “Installed” apps option. Go to the Sort by option on the right side and choose “Date Installed.”
  • It will show the recently installed apps. Click on the three dots on the recent apps and select the uninstall option from the list.
  • Check whether the problem has been fixed.

Fixing the red screen of death is pretty easy. You do not have to pay through your nose to do it. These are the 10 ways you can fix the problem and enjoy your PC once again.

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