FIX: Reference by pointer BSoD error

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Blue Screen of Death errors shouldn’t be taken lightly since they are often caused by a hardware problem. 
  • Your antivirus can interfere with Windows and cause this error to appear. To fix the problem, disable your antivirus and check if that solves the issue.
  • If you meet with a BSoD error, don't panic. Take a deep breath and go to out BDoD troubleshooting hub because you will definitely find a solution there. 
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How to fix Reference by pointer BSoD error

Solution 4 – Reinstall Windows 10 and format your hard drive partition

Users reported REFERENCE_BY_POINTER BSOD error while playing video clips in Windows Media Player.

According to a few users, this error can be fixed by reinstalling Windows 10 and formatting your hard drive partition.

This is a drastic solution, and we urge you to try any other different solution before you decide to reinstall Windows 10.

If you decide to reinstall Windows 10, make sure to create a backup for your important files so you don’t lose them.


Solution 5 – Check your hardware

Reference by pointer Windows 7 64 bit

REFERENCE_BY_POINTER and many other Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by your hardware, and if you installed any new hardware recently, be sure that you remove it or replace it.

In addition to new hardware, faulty hardware is also an often cause for BSOD errors.

Faulty RAM is usually the common cause of these types of errors, so be sure to test all your RAM modules one by one in order to find the faulty one.

If you want to perform a detailed inspection of your RAM, you can use MemTest86+ or any similar tool.

If your RAM is working properly, check other major components such as your motherboard, hard drive, etc.


Solution 6 – Check if your PC is overheating

Overheating is one potential cause for REFERENCE_BY_POINTER error, so if you’re encountering this problem, be sure to check the temperature on your PC.

There are many great tools that can help you with that, but one of the best is AIDA64 Extreme.

This is a powerful tool that allows you to see all sorts of information related to your PC along with your temperature.

After installing the tool, keep it running in the background and keep a close eye on your PC temperature.

If your CPU or GPU temperature goes above the recommended values and that causes the crash, you might have to clean your PC from dust.

This is rather simple, and to do that you just need to disconnect your PC from the power outlet, open the computer case and use the pressurized air to clean your components.

We have to mention that opening your computer case can void your warranty, so keep that in mind. Several laptop users reported that cleaning their PC from dust solved the problem for them, so be sure to try that.

REFERENCE_BY_POINTER BSOD error can be problematic, but in most cases, you can fix it by updating your drivers or by downloading and installing the minimal version of the graphics card driver.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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