I assembled a computer for myself about 11 months ago. It was my first build ever, but I seem to have done well-enough. However, I sporadically run into a problem where the audio hangs, all computer functions immediately cease, and I'm then forced to either restart or power-down the computer.
In short, it is very much like a blue screen of death, except that my monitor loses the visual display (it goes into idle mode, and then powers down after a few seconds).
Since not having a blue screen to view, this ongoing problem has been hard to diagnose, as these crashes are completely random, sometimes happening within 10 minutes of boot up, sometimes happening after hours of running fine, sometimes after hours of low-CPU work (such as MS Word).
What exactly happens when a computer gets a "blue screen of death"? ; Could there be an actual 'blue screen of death' occuring that, because of my monitor, I just can't view?