I didn't know they made these as screensavers.

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  1. Doomsday Forte
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    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

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    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb897558.aspx

    Uh, yeah. From Microsoft no less, and apparently is built so that it perfectly(?) emulates a crash on your computer with the safety of a screensaver. Why there'd be anything like this really escapes me right now. If it was an April Fool's, then it certainly came a few months too late. Interesting in that it uses your computer's data to make it look authentic.

    You know, I should save this to my school's personal webspace so I can do it in the computer lab. [​IMG]

    Edit: Just tried it on my own machine. Pretty convincing (it seems to use a different .sys file as the problem each time), though the WinXP loading bars went a little too fast for my machine for it to look authentic. You can't even mouse out of it, though I dunno if people usually attack the mouse when it crashes. My virus scanner of course picked it up as a joke file so naturally you'd need to disable it to get it to work. Now that makes me think I won't be able to get it to work at school, hrmm...
     
  2. zidane_genome

    zidane_genome My sword has a +2 bleeding... wanna test it out?

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    haha... on XP, it says that BOGUS_DRIVER caused the error (at the top)
     
  3. rhyguy

    rhyguy GBAtemp Maniac

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    A bit old
     
  4. Doomsday Forte
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    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

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    True, but it was new to me. =P

    Now, I wonder. I don't know how Vista works and everything, but I wonder what it'd do if used on a Vista machine, if it'd even run in the first place. It goes as far back as 9x, so...it'd be amusing if even Vista could be hit by this thing.
     
  5. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

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    I'll try it, Vista x64


    It shows a very realistic BSOD
     
  6. Doomsday Forte
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    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

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    Very interesting, thanks for the try-out. =P
     
  7. bobrules

    bobrules GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    im gonna give it a try
     
  8. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

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    imma put this on my brothers pc
     
  9. myuusmeow

    myuusmeow GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I made one of these myself once in Game Maker. I just had it show the sprite (which was the BSOD message), made an EXE, renamed it to SCR, and set it as my screensaver. It really confused my dad when he saw it. [​IMG]
     
  10. Gman 101

    Gman 101 GBAtemp Fan

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    I LOVE THIS SCREENSAVER! Hahahahahaha! I used to get lots of BSODs from a crappy nvidia chipset.
     
  11. TheWingless

    TheWingless Wafuu~

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    Didn't work too great on a widescreen laptop... It wasn't mine anyways. I just tried it on my Vista compy though. I just noticed that the Vista blue screen is different from the centered text from the other Windows OS. It doesn't tell you to use Ctrl+Alt+Del anymore which hardly ever worked.