When to Get Computer Help: Error Messages

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When you use a computer, you are going to run into errors from time to time. That’s because they can be caused for all sorts of reasons, and even though they are common, you may be panicked and unsure whether or not you need computer help. Understanding more about these messages will give you better perspective on what you need to do. At times, you can even depend on remote computer support to rectify the problem or you may be able to deal with the situation on your own.

Let’s take a look at some of the error messages you are most likely to see, and what they may possibly mean.


This is probably one of the most common errors and it can show up in different ways like “404 error,” “404 Not Found,” or “HTTP 404.”  No matter how it is worded, it all means the same thing. Usually, this has nothing to do with your computer at all. Instead, it usually indicates that either you have typed in the web address wrong or the website itself has moved. Either way, there is nothing that needs to be “fixed” but you may need to check the web address you typed or make sure you have the website right in the first place.


This is one that most people may not be used to seeing, but it is still a fairly common error. Usually, it will show up as a part of a string of code, like Windows could not start because the following file was corrupt: <windows root>system 32hal.dll.  This can occur when a needed file has been corrupted, deleted, or moved. In some rare cases, it could mean a damaged hard drive.


Sometimes, when you try to start your computer up, you may see a message that says “Boot couldn’t find NTLDR” or “NTLDR is missing”. In either case, it means some file has been corrupted or deleted that is a necessity for booting up the machine.


This specific error message is directly connected to Internet Explorer. Essentially, it means that something is going wrong with the web browser. This could be that a file is missing, that a virus has done damage to the machine, or that firewall settings have not been configured correctly.

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This error is otherwise known as the Blue Screen of Death because it can be quite terrifying when it appears. There are a few things that can cause this error including damaged drivers for your actual hard drive, virus corruption, corrupted data, and possible hardware failure. A Blue Screen of Death doesn’t mean your machine is ruined. It just means you will need computer repair services to get it back online.

If you see any error messages and you don’t know what they mean or you aren’t sure what to do, then consider contacting Dave’s Computers. We will be glad to use remote computer support services to help determine what has gone wrong with your computer and what needs to be done to repair it.


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