When your computer encounters severe functioning issues, it can display a Pink Screen of Death error. If you’re experiencing a PSoD, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to quickly fix this problem.
First, here’s how users describe this error:
When I close the lid of the laptop to bring it to my lounge and plug it to my TV via an HDMI cable, upon reopening it shows a Pink Screen of Death saying “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED”. […]
I plug the HDMI cable with the computer on, it gives no problems. But if I plug the cable while it sleeps and THEN I wake it up, it gives the pink screen.
How to fix the Pink Screen of Death error
Pink Screen of Death is a rare problem that you can encounter on your PC. This is an unusual problem, and speaking of which, here are some similar issues users reported:
- Pink screen crash – According to users, if you encounter any crashes due to this problem, the cause might be third-party applications. Simply find and remove the problematic application and check if that helps.
- Nvidia pink screen of death – Many users reported this issue on Nvidia graphics cards. This can be caused by your drivers, so be sure to update them. A couple of users reported that rolling back to the older drivers solved the issue, so you might want to try that as well.
- Pink screen of death Windows 10, 8 – This issue can affect any operating system, and Windows 8 and 7 aren’t exceptions. This can be caused by a hardware failure, so we strongly advise you to check your hardware for any problems.
- Pink screen of death Dell – This problem can appear on any brand of PC, and if you encounter it, you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
Solution 1 – Disconnect all peripherals
According to users, sometimes your peripherals can cause this problem to appear. To fix this problem you need to shut down your PC and disconnect all unrequired peripherals from it. Before you turn on your PC, be sure that only your monitor, mouse, and keyboard are connected.
Start your PC and check if the problem is still there. If not, it’s possible that your peripherals are interfering with your PC.
Solution 2 – Update your graphics card drivers
If you keep getting Pink Screen of Death on your PC, it’s possible that there’s an issue with your graphics card. The first thing that you need to do is to update your graphics card drivers. This is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now choose Device Manager from the list.
- Locate your graphics card on the list, right-click it and choose Update driver.
- Now choose Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to install the latest driver.
Once the driver is installed, check if the problem is still there.
We have to mention that this is the simplest method to update your drivers, but it’s usually not the most effective. If you want to download the latest drivers for your graphics card, we suggest you visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver for your model.
After doing that, the issue should be resolved. Downloading drivers manually can be a tedious task, especially if you’re not computer-savvy, but there are tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater that can automatically update all your drivers with just a single click.
Solution 3 – Check recently installed programs
Third-party applications can lead to this error, and if you’re using any screen-related or any software related to your graphics card, you might want to remove it and check if that solves the problem. Users reported that applications such as True Colour can cause this issue to appear, so if you’re using this or any similar application, be sure to remove it and check if that solves the problem.
Keep in mind that many applications can leave leftover files and registry entries that can interfere with your system and cause this issue to reappear. To be sure that the problematic application is completely removed, we strongly recommend using an uninstaller software to remove it.
Uninstaller software is a special application that can remove any program from your PC, along with all of its files and registry entries. By using uninstaller software you’ll completely remove the selected application from your PC and ensure that the issue doesn’t reappear.
If you’re looking for a good uninstaller software, we strongly suggest that you try Revo Uninstaller and use it to remove the problematic applications.
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Solution 4 – Check your graphics card and monitor
If you keep getting a pink screen on your PC, the issue might be a hardware failure. If your hardware is faulty, you might encounter a pink screen or any other kind of visual glitches. To fix the problem, first test your monitor on a different PC and check if the issue reappears.
If the issue doesn’t appear on the second PC, you need to check your graphics card. If possible, connect a different monitor to your PC or remove your graphics card and replace it with a different one. If the problem doesn’t appear with the new graphics card, it means that the old one is faulty.
Before replacing your hardware, you might also want to check your cables. If your monitor cable isn’t properly connected, you might experience a pink screen on your PC, so be sure to check your cable first. It’s also advised to replace your cable and check for any physical damage before replacing your monitor or graphics card.
Solution 5 – Check your GPU temperature
A pink screen can sometimes be an indication of overheating. If your PC wasn’t cleaned in a while, it’s possible that dust is affecting your fans causing the graphics card to overheat. To fix the problem, first you need to inspect if the high temperature is the cause.
To check that, you’ll need a special software such as AIDA64 Extreme. This application can show you all sorts of useful information about your PC, including both CPU and GPU temperature. If you notice that your GPU temperature is above the recommended values, it’s advised to remove all overclock settings.
If your PC isn’t overclocked, you need to open it and clean the dust with pressurized air. In addition, you might want to consider investing in better cooling. Keep in mind that opening your computer case will void your warranty, so if your PC is still under warranty, it might be better to take it to the official repair center.
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Solution 6 – Use older graphics card drivers
We already stated how important is to use the latest drivers, but several users reported that the latest Nvidia drivers caused the Pink Screen of Death to appear on their PC. To fix the problem, users are recommending to install older Nvidia drivers and check if that solves the problem.
You can uninstall your drivers right from Device Manager, but if you want to completely remove your drivers, we suggest you use Display Driver Uninstaller. After removing your drivers with this tool, download drivers that are a couple of months old from your manufacturer’s website and install them.
Once you install older drivers, check if the problem is resolved. You might have to repeat this solution a couple of times before you find the older version that works for you.
Solution 7 – Reinstall the problematic games
Sometimes this problem can occur only when trying to run a specific game on your PC. This is usually caused by a corrupted installation, therefore we advise you to reinstall the game and check if that helps.
In addition to reinstalling the game, it’s also important that you install the latest patches for the game and check if that solves the issue.
We hope that the solutions listed above helped you to fix the PSoD error. If you’ve come across other workarounds to fix this problem, you can help the community by listing the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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