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Can not find XP Watchdog Event Log on C

By bletterman ·
TechRepublic "Windows XP Newsletter for October 7, 2004" has article titled "Examing a BSoD error with the Watchdog event Log" and goes on to say the log path is C:\Windows\Logfiles\Watchdog but I have been unable to find it. Anyone know if this file is present on XP PRo clients?

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No Luck Either

by tech In reply to Can not find XP Watchdog ...

Searched entire drive. Running XP SP2...

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Watchdog event Log

by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to Can not find XP Watchdog ...

As I understand it, the Watchdog Event Log is created by Windows XP's Error Reporting feature.

Do you have Windows XP's Error Reporting feature turned off? If so, Windows XP may not generate a Watchdog Event Log.(Search for "Error Reporting" in Windows XP's Help and Support Center.)

Many people turn the Error Reporting feature off for fear that Microsoft will collect personal information from an error report. You can learn more about this on the Microsoft Online Crash Analysis site at

Here is an example of a Watchdog Event Log related to a BSoD caused by a problem with an ATI video driver:

// Watchdog Event Log File

LogType: Watchdog
Created: 2004-03-13 21:31:18
TimeZone: 360 - Central Standard Time
WindowsVersion: XP
EventType: 0xEA - Thread Stuck in Device Driver

// The driver for the display device got stuck in an infinite loop. This
// usually indicates a problem with the device itself or with the device
// driver programming the hardware incorrectly. Please check with your
// display device vendor for any driver updates.

EaRecovery: 1
ShutdownCount: 79
Shutdown: 0
EventCount: 8
BreakCount: 8
BugcheckTriggered: 1
DebuggerNotPresent: 1
DriverName: ati2dvag
EventFlag: 1
DeviceClass: Display
DeviceDescription: ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700
HardwareI PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4E50&SUBSYS_017C1028&REV_00
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
DriverFixedFileInfo: FEEF04BD 00010000 0006000E 000A18FC 0006000E 000A18FC 0000003F 00000008 00040004 00000003 00000004 00000000 00000000
DriverCompanyName: ATI Technologies Inc.
DriverFileDescription: ATI Radeon WindowsNT Display Driver
DriverInternalName: ati2dvag.dll
DriverLegalCopyright: Copyright (C) 1998-2002 ATI Technologies Inc.
DriverOriginalFilename: ati2dvag.dll
DriverProductName: ATI Radeon Family
DriverProductVersion: 5.2.3790.2

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I can not find out Watchdog even log

by trantuangtvt In reply to Watchdog event Log

You say that we can not find out Watchdog even log because we turn off Error reporting, but when I check my computer, error reporting turn on computer now. Do you think another way to find out Watchdog even log.

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