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Windows 7: BSOD after starting computer following a short circuit

09 Apr 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Insightful, thanks.
How do drivers behave during use? Normal programs' code doesn't change after compiling and as such no code bugs could technically be added without an update to the software. Does driver code adapt to it's current task? I was running a GPU intensive application at the time of the short circuit, so maybe in response the drivers made use of memory that was later on not freed as a result of the crash. Sorry if I'm rambling on like a mad man, I have a terrible grasp on the matter, but it interests me.

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09 Apr 2014   #12


Drivers are pieces of software that communicate with hardware by running subroutines to the hal (hal.dll). It doesn't really perform much different except that it runs in Kernel Mode (or Privileged Mode) which shares the same Virtual Address Space. This means that anything running in Kernel Mode has access to the entire operating system, if it contains a bug and it performs an illegal operation it will take a snapshot of the system then bugcheck. The snapshot is what we see in the dump files, the callstack etc.
I am unsure how a short circuit could cause driver bugs, I don't think it's possible. Graphics drivers on default settings generally update themselves, so you could have downloaded a driver that contains bugs. Bugs don't happen all the time, form personal experience I've had my graphics driver fail on me weeks in with absolutely no system change.
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