An error describes any issue that arises unexpectedly that cause a computer to not function properly. Computers can encounter either software errors or hardware errors.
How to fix a computer error
As shown in the next section, there are several types of errors that each have hundreds of variations. To fix a computer error, you must first identify the type of error and the source.
For example, with a blue screen error message in Windows, a file name, the type of error, and the memory location may be given. This information is used in a search engine to find a fix for the error. If no error message is displayed, search for the symptom you are experiencing. For example, if the computer is turning off without any warning, it is likely a hardware problem and not a computer error.
Hardware errors are any defects with hardware inside the computer or connected to the computer. Although some hardware issues can be fixed with firmware updates, most of these errors are resolved by replacing the defective hardware.
Computer error messages
Below is a listing of the different errors and error messages a computer may encounter. Clicking any of the links below gives you additional information about that error.
What is a generic error message?
A generic error message is an error message with no details about the type, what happened, or where it happened. For example, an error message that says "Error" is generic. However, an error message that says "Error: bad syntax on line 259 of the file example.pl" is not a generic error message because it describes the type of error and the line containing the error.
What is the difference between an error and bug?
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