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    Memory Dump

    Hi all again

    I have googled this and goner on wiki however can someone give me a smaller and easier explanation what a memory dump is and what exactly is does.

    Also the properities in XP

    Right click My Computer > Advanced > Startup and recovery.

    I see small memory dump, kernel and core etc etc.

    What settings do I use and what are the different ones for?

    I know there is google but I trust the people here

    Thanks for the time.
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    After a long night of drinking and eating curry, some people think that the alcohol causes memory problem. When in reality your memories go down the toilet with everything else the next morning. MEMORY DUMP
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    You can think of a memory dump as a snapshot of the contents of your memory when a fatal crash (I.E. One causing a blue screen and forces you to restart) occurs on your computer.

    When your computer crashes, it takes a snapshot, or dumps, the contents of your working memory into a file that can be later analyzed using windows debugger, etc..., to determine what may have been the cause and how to resolve/prevent future occurences I think that sums it up with out getting to deep...

    The only setting you should worry about changing deals with the debugging information. For most cases you will be fine with the small memory dump and you can leave the other settings default... If you want to actually see the blue screen, and possiblly the exception code, at the time of the crash dissable the automatic restart.

    Take a look at this...

    Analysing crash dumps, and handling them in general, is way more advance/confusing then what i have typed above

    Have fun...

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    If this is a personal computer rather than a server I wouldn't bother.

    Just uncheck the automatic reboot option and make sure that the write an event to the system log is checked.

    In my experience you will get sufficient information from the event logs and the error message that should appear and remain on the screen.

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    OK thanks guys

    Why did I pay so much school fees - I could of just posted here daily ...

    EDIT: encipher - great article ...
    Last edited by Cider; December 20th, 2007 at 07:41 AM.
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    just some info.. i use windbg and load the crash dumps using the symbols of what ever operating system im using it for and it usually can tell you what cause the blue screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by oofki
    just some info.. i use windbg and load the crash dumps using the symbols of what ever operating system im using it for and it usually can tell you what cause the blue screen
    OR

    Google the error code IN the BSOD
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    But sometimes you get a generic error like "Driver IRQL not less than or equal" and you do not know what drive causes it... it will pinpoint which driver is causing it...

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    ooh, you're just FUSSY
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