In this guide I will show you exactly how to fix the BSOD stop 0x000000f4 error. There is nothing more annoying when working on a document that you haven’t saved for a few minutes / hours and then your system crashes and you get a “Stop 0x000000f4? Blue screen of death error shown on your screen. The bsod stop 0x000000f4 error message looks like the one in the picture below
What are the symptoms of the stop 0x000000f4 blue screen error
Your computer will crash and display the blue screen of death with white writing on the screen and you will have to manually turn your computer off, then turn back on to get back to your desktop. Your system will crash randomly when Microsoft windows has loaded to your desktop and you are in the middle of using your applications.
The 0x000000f4 bsod stop error is usually caused because there is some sort of issue with the hard-drive in your system. The issue usually will be related to one of the following
- Main Causes For BSOD Stop 0x000000f4 Errors Are
How to fix the BSOD stop 0x000000f4 error
Uninstall Any New Hardware – Have you installed any new hardware in to your computer recently? If yes turn off your system and remove the new hardware. Now turn your machine on and see if the bsod stop 0x000000f4 error goes away. If it does the new hardware is causing your issues (You could try to install the new hardware in a different slot if possible in your system and also update the device driver for that hardware on your system which might resolve this issue).
Update Hard-Drive Driver -The first thing we need to do is update the software driver that your system is using for the hard-drive. Open up device manager and expand “Disk drives” (Shown below) now look for an updated driver version of the hard-drive you have in your system. To do this go to the manufactures website and download the driver, Then in device manager right click on your hard-drive (Shown Below) and click on “Update Driver Software”
Update Hard-Drive Firmware – Visit the manufactures website and search for a firmware update for your hard-drive. It is possible the newer firmware will include a fix for the blue screen stop 0x000000f4 error.
Update System BIOS – Visit your systems manufactures website and see if there is an update you can install for your machines BIOS.
Run Windows Updates – It is always a good idea to keep your system up to date with the latest Microsoft patches. Run windows update from internet explorer. Make sure to install all service packs and hot fixes on your system.
BSOD stop 0x000000f4 error Fixes
Hopefully the steps above will be enough to fix the blue screen stop 0x000000f4 error, If you are still experiencing the issue you can try the following things.
Reseat any PCI cards – Reseat all PCI / AGP cards which you have in your system. Simply remove the cards from your system and put back in to a different slot if possible.
Run a CHKDSK – Running a chkdsk on your system will check every file on your system for corruption and will fix the corruption should it find any. Open windows explorer then right click on C: and select properties, select the tools tab, under error checking select check now. Then reboot your machine and the chkdsk will start.
Reseat or Replace Hard-Drive Sata / Power Cables – Open your computer and locate the sata data and power cable that connects to your hard-drive. Unplug both cables from the motherboard and hard-drive then re-connect again, If you have spare sata and power cables it would be best to replace the original cables with the spare cables. You can also try to plug the sata cable in to a different sata port on the motherboard.
Hard-Drive Faulty – Does your hard-drive make a loud noise?? If your hard-drive is noisy it is possible the hard-drive will become faulty soon and is what is causing the bsod 0x000000f4. The best thing to do is replace the hard-drive. You can clone your existing hard-drive to a new hard-drive using disk cloning software such as nortan ghost, This will mean you will not need to re-install your operating system and programs again.
Remove External Devices – Are there any externally connected hardware you can remove?? For example unplug any USB connected devices you don’t need such as printers / scanners / hard-drives / CD-ROMs. Un plug all external devices you can and monitor if the blue screen stop 0x000000f4 error goes away.
Run A Full System Virus Scan – The 0x000000f4 blue screen might be caused by a virus or other threat on your computer, Make sure your anti-virus is up to date and run a full virus scan on your computer.
Run Hardware Diagnostics – Some computers have built in hardware diagnostics, when you power on your machine the first thing to load is your bios, sometimes when the bios is loading you see a message “PRESS ** To Run Diagnostics” if you have this option run this diagnostic to see if it finds any faults.
More BSOD stop 0x000000f4 error Fixes
Uninstall CD/DVD Burring Programs – Uninstall any CD or DVD burning programs you might have on your system.
Uninstall CD/DVD Emulator Programs – Uninstall any CD/DVD emulator programs you use.
Reseat Memory – Try reseating the memory in your computer, Turn your computer off then take each memory module out of your machine one by one and put back in to the same slot. Now turn your computer back on and monitor if the issue is resolved. If you still experience the bsod stop 0x000000f4 error try removing the memory again and put the memory back in to the system but in different slots.
Remove The Motherboards CMOS Battery – Remove the power cables from your machine and also the battery if you are using a laptop. Then open your machine and locate the CMOS battery, remove the battery and wait a few hours (one or two minutes should be enough time but I like to be sure) Now connect the battery again and power on your machine.
Update All Device Drivers Boot in to safe mode on your system and manually update every hardware driver you can on your system.
Re-Install Windows – This should be done last if all other fixes have failed. Backup the data you need then wipe your system and re-install windows, If possible install a newer version of windows.
If you are still stuck with this bsod stop 0x000000f4 error post a comment below and I will do my best to advise you what to do.