Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Math of Computer Memory and How to Solve Blue Screen of Death using Glary Utilities

In Math, we are taught how to use the following prefixes:
kilo: meaning thousand or 10^3
mega: meaning 10^6
giga: meaning 10^9

Hence, theoretically, a kilobyte is 1000 bytes, a megabyte is 10^6 bytes, and a gigabyte is 10^9 bytes.

Now, most computers nowadays have a few gigabytes of memory, most notably 2MB, 4MB or 8MB. However, sometimes this isn't enough, for instance when a user is multitasking or playing some graphic intensive games. This will lead to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), with strange errors such as "Page fault in nonpaged area" which makes no sense to normal users.

How to Solve Blue Screen of Death

Recently, I discovered a way to solve the Blue Screen of Death. Ever since using this method, I have not experienced another Blue Screen of Death on my 4 year old laptop! Hence, I wish to share it with anyone!

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Rule of Thumb: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If your computer is free of errors, no need to do anything!

Step 1: Download Glary Utilities (Free)

Download it at and follow the instructions to install it. Pretty straightforward installation. The Free version is good enough.

Step 2: Advanced Tools --> Free up Memory

Click on "Free up Memory" under "Advanced Tools --> System Tweaks".

Step 3: Leave the "Free up memory" open and Select "Load automatically on Windows Setup"

Step 4: Good luck and hope it solves the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)!

If you configured everything correctly, the "Free up Memory" application should appear in your taskbar as follows.

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