SOLVED! The Bugcheck Was: 0x000000d1

Outdated display drivers are the main culprits behind an issue like “the bugcheck was: 0x000000d1” and all you need to do is to update your drivers. You should also check your RAM, run DISM and SFC scans, launch CHKDSK, perform a startup repair and perform a system restore. All these solutions may sound a bit technical but once you read this article till the end, it will be never the same again

The Usual Suspects

Drivers

Overall, drivers influence the performance of Windows computers as they facilitate communication between computers and devices. Needless to say, for the computers to perform to their full potential, the drivers must not be missing, corrupted and out of date. Regarding BSOD and “the bugcheck was: 0x000000d1” in Event Viewer, you should think about the drivers, especially the display ones. 

Corrupted Files

Files on your computer can get corrupted due to all sorts of reasons. The usual suspects include malware, system crashes, power outages, etc. Once the files have been damaged, the system could go haywire and you may come across errors including BSOD.

RAM

The operating system of your computer and applications write data continuously to the Random Access Memory (RAM). That is why RAM plays a key role in the operation of your computer. If RAM experiences problems, your PC will act up and in extreme cases, BSOD is one of the consequences. 

What Must Be Done

Update Driver

Once it comes to Event Viewer logging “the bugcheck was: 0x000000d1”, you should consider updating the display driver.

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc then hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Step 3: Hit the arrow beside Display adapters, right-click your graphics card and pick Properties. 
  • Step 4: Go to the Driver tab, hit Update Driver and follow the onscreen instruction to update your driver.
  • Step 5: Once the update wraps up, restart your computer and see how things turn out. 

Check Out RAM 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type memory test and click Windows Memory Diagnostic.
  • Step 2: If you have not saved your works, proceed to save them since Windows will immediately restart after you finish the step. When everything is ready, pick Restart now and check for problems.
  • Step 3: Read the results and act accordingly.

Run SFC And DISM Scan

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type cmd then press Ctrl + Alt + Enter to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
  • Step 3: In Command Prompt (Admin), type sfc /scannow then hit Enter to run SFC scan.
  • Step 4: The moment the SFC scan concludes, enter each of the commands down below to run DISM scan
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth” without quote and press ENTER.
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth” without quote and press ENTER.
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealthCheck Disk.
  • Step 5: Close everything, restart your computer and determine whether the issue persists.

Run CHKDSK

CHKDSK, short for Check Disk, is a utility on Windows that scans the hard drive for file system errors. By taking advantage of CHKDSK, you could dismiss BSOD and “the bugcheck was: 0x000000d1”.

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + E to open Windows Explorer.
  • Step 2: Click This PC then right-click the disk you want to check(C: drive contains Operating System and related System Files).
  • Step 3: Click Properties and go to the Tools tab.
  • Step 4: Hit Check then wait as Windows tries to check if there is a need to run the scan. After the check concludes, hit Scan drive.
  • Step 5: Choose Show Details to view errors that were repaired and hit Close to close. 
  • Step 6: Restart your PC.

Startup Repair

  • Step 1: Save your work and press the power button to turn off your computer.
  • Step 2: Turn it on again and as the logo starts showing up, press the power button three times. By doing so, you could get to the Advanced Recovery Environment.
  • Step 3: Select Troubleshoot then pick Advanced Options 
  • Step 4: Hit Startup Repair, wait for the repair to conclude and restart your computer.

System Restore

Performing a System Restore will take your computer to the previous version where everything was working well.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Step 2: Move your cursor to Shut down or sign out then press and hold Shift as you hit Restart
  • Step 3: In the Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot then go to Advanced options.
  • Step 4: Pick System Restore then wait as Windows perform the restore. 

Note: During this process, none of your personal files will be lost. However, recently installed drivers, applications, and updates that could be causing the problem will be removed.

What Should I Do If I See Driver Update Issues?

If you face errors after updating driver adapters, it’s a good idea to roll back driver:

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Hit the arrow beside Display adapters then right-click the device with driver update issues.
  • Step 3: Select Properties then go to the Driver tab.
  • Step 4: Choose Roll Back Driver then follow the onscreen instruction to roll back your driver.
  • Step 5: Once the process is done, restart your computer to apply the changes.

Can Outdated BIOS Cause System Failure?

BIOS is responsible for the basic functions of your computer. Thus, if you have an outdated BIOS, it’s only natural that you will run into random errors as you use your PC. That being said, you should not be updating BIOS unless it’s necessary. It is worth pointing out that a single mistake during BIOS update may brick your computer.

A Guide For Novices

  • Every time you experience Windows errors, remember to give updates some thought.
  • If you want to perform a BIOS update, look for procedures from reputable websites and follow them to the letter.  
  • Scan your PC for malware using antivirus programs from time to time.
  • To see RAM usage, make use of Task Manager.

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