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Windows 7: How to interpret BSOD

31 Oct 2009   #1
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
How to interpret BSOD

I very rarely get BSODs, but when I do, how do I interpret the error messages? How can I use them to diagnose the problem?


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31 Oct 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

they usually give you a bugcheck code in hexadecimal which you can google for.

also, analyzing the minidumps will give you information about it.
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31 Oct 2009   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What are the minidumps, and where are they stored?
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31 Oct 2009   #4
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

refer to the excellent sticky written by H2SO4

https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ash-dumps.html
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31 Oct 2009   #5
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Well I don't know if he wrote the location of the minidumps, but they are usually saved here:

%SystemRoot%\Minidump

Where %SystemRoot% usually equals C:\Windows
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31 Oct 2009   #6
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Well I don't know if he wrote the location of the minidumps, but they are usually saved here:

%SystemRoot%\Minidump

Where %SystemRoot% usually equals C:\Windows
Good point. I should probably add some more detail around "how to collect info for others to analyse".
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31 Oct 2009   #7
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
Good point. I should probably add some more detail around "how to collect info for others to analyse".
Nice It would be a welcome addition indeed.

Keep up the great work
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31 Oct 2009   #8
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

First place to start is with the pinned topic at the top of the forums: https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ash-dumps.html

There's also a bunch of stuff on my web page here: BSOD

And you can read up in the help file of the Windows Debugging Tools.
You can read the book "Windows Internals, 5th Edition" by Russinovich, Solomon, and Ionescue
You can read the book "Advanced Windows Debugging" by Hewardt and Pravat
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16 Jun 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks guys, I think I got it now.

Just thought it would be interesting in bumping this old thread.
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16 Jun 2010   #10
ttran

Microsoft Window 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

you are expert now Jonathan, it's funny to see your thread asking about crash and minidump
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