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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 09:14:31 am

Title: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 09:14:31 am
Pete , What do you think about using this debugging software?  ...especially to get rid of "blue screen of death" issues.

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/install64bit.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/install64bit.mspx)
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Pete on December 03, 2008, 09:25:57 am
Debugging is something programmers and developers do.   You and I are neither.

Even if you could get a debugger that would return precisely what the problem was, and even if you could understand what it meant and could somehow decipher what it was you needed to do to fix it, you have no means to fix the "bug", because you are not the programmer, and you have no access to the source code of your applications or drivers to modify it.  A genuine "bug" can not be fixed by the end user.  It must be addressed by the hardware or software manufacturer.

What you need to do is troubleshoot to see what is causing the BSoD before you do anything.  You need to note the STOP error code (it will be the first group of numbers, starts with 0x), and then you'll have a starting point.  STOP errors can be cause by any number of things, ranging from a bad driver, to failing hardware.  The message on the BSOD will give you a clue as to what the cause is.

Check out this article on STOP error messages;

http://www.updatexp.com/stop-messages.html (http://www.updatexp.com/stop-messages.html)
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 12:43:14 pm
Pete, I have Vista, so does you article still apply?
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Pete on December 03, 2008, 01:12:20 pm
Quote from: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 12:43:14 pm
Pete, I have Vista, so does you article still apply?


Probably.  I don't think STOP error codes haven't changed much.

What is teh STOP code you're getting?
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 03:00:06 pm
Quote from: Pete on December 03, 2008, 01:12:20 pm
Probably.  I don't think STOP error codes haven't changed much.

What is teh STOP code you're getting?


See what you think of these solutions/instructions.

http://www.winvistaclub.com/t3.html (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t3.html)
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Pete on December 03, 2008, 03:02:28 pm
Quote from: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 03:00:06 pm


See what you think of these solutions/instructions.


Huh?  I don't see anything...  (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/th_scifD36.gif)
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Prosperity on December 03, 2008, 07:41:41 pm
Here you go Pete.

http://www.winvistaclub.com/t3.html (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t3.html)
Title: Re: What do you think about using this debugging software
Post by: Pete on December 03, 2008, 09:15:24 pm
The first thing you need to do is write down the specific STOP error code on the BSoD when it happens, and then Google it.

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