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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Drupal White Screen of Death". 
  2. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (2006-09-12). "The Apple iPod's White Screen of Death". Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  3. ^ Busoli, Simone (November 15, 2007). "ELMAH - Error Logging Modules And Handlers". [self-published source?]