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Purple Diagnostics Screen Articles

One thing you'll never see mentioned in a VMware Knowedgebase article is the term PSOD. Those ominous letters harken back to the blue screen crashes we all have seen on Windows based computers. In VMware, our dump screens have a magenta (purple) background, and so the lingo goes:

BSOD = Blue Screen Of Death
PSOD = Purple Screen Of Death

We really hate the negative connotations that these short-forms impart and much prefer to refer to these as purple diagnostics screens, because they do contain a great deal of information you can use to help diagnose the problem you have encountered. Here's what one looks like:

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Here is a list of every KB article we have that talks about these diagnostic screens. Hopefully a list you never need.


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