Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Debbugging BSODs

Read c:\windows\minidump\.dmp files (created at each crash)

- Debug Diagnostics Tool 1.1 x64
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28bd5941-c458-46f1-b24d-f60151d875a3&displaylang=en

- Dumpchk.exe (available at Windows XP cd at i386\support\tools - last .cab file)

My BSOD:
"DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

#### dump ###
BugCheckCode 0000000a
BugCheckParameter1 00000000`00000000
BugCheckParameter2 00000000`00000002
BugCheckParameter3 00000000`00000001
BugCheckParameter4 fffff800`0212e4db
#### dump ###

Solutions:
- Set Page File to 1.5x available RAM (4GB RAM -> 6GB PF)

- Uninstall latest added apps

- Uninstall hardware controllers (remove IDE/SATA controller, and remove hard drive from device manager. this will force driver reinstall after reboot)

- Watch out for overheated laptops

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