Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

Computer errorAn error is a term used to describe 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 dozens of different types of errors that can each have dozens or hundreds of variations. To fix a computer error you must first identify the error message or the symptom of the error.

For example, with a blue screen error message in Windows a file name, type of error, and memory location may be given. All of this information can be used in a search engine or our search to find a fix to the error. If no error message is given, search for the symptom you are experiencing. For example, if the computer is turning off it is likely a hardware problem and not a computer error.

Software errors are the most common types of errors on a computer and are typically fixed with software updates or patches that are designed to fix errors in the code.

Hardware errors are any defects with hardware inside the computer or connected to the computer. Although some hardware issues can be fixed with such things as firmware updates, typically any hardware errors caused by defects 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 on any of the links below give you additional information about that error.

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Access denied
Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)
Critical error
Drop in
Drop out
Fatal exception
File not found
General Protection Fault
Guru Meditation
Hard error
Hardware conflict
Illegal command
Illegal operation
Inherent error

Intermittent error
Machine error
Overflow error
Page fault
Parse error
Propagated error
Read error
Recoverable error
Runtime error
Sad Mac
Soft error
System error
Time out
Unrecoverable error
User error
Write error

What is the difference between an error and bug?

An error is a message shown to the user of a program, and a bug is a problem in the code that is causing the error to be shown. See our bug page for a full explanation and history of computer bugs.

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