Few things are more infamous in the Windows world than the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. They can strike without warning. And, troubleshooting them is often a combination of knowledge, skill, and lots of trial and error. During this TR Dojo episode, I show you a slightly more methodical blue screen troubleshooting approach using Microsoft's own WinDbg debugger tool.
For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Jacky Howe's article, "How do I use WinDBG Debugger to troubleshoot a Blue Screen of Death?"
You'll find the WinDbg debugger tool and related resources on the following Microsoft Web pages:
- WDK and Developer Tools
- MSKB: How to read the small memory dump files that Windows creates for debugging
- MSDN Symbols and Symbol Files
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.