Solved How do you understand a minidump file?

June 23, 2015 at 11:07:08
Specs: Windows 64
I am looking for more info on minidump files. I understand they can be used to troubleshoot a BSOD. What programs can be used to read them and once you are able to read them, how exactly do you understand what you are looking at? Like what kind of things would indicate a problem? Thanks

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June 23, 2015 at 11:35:34
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You need tools. I use WinDbg, which is part of the Windows SDK, but setup's a pain, and it's pretty heavy duty if all you're doing is looking a minidumps. I've seen applications dedicated to minidump analysts, but I've never personally used them.

Still, if you want to go the WinDbg route, I can help you set it up.

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June 23, 2015 at 11:36:21
Generally speaking, minidumps are not for someone (like most of us) who is not an expert (such as software developers) in or does not have a detailed knowledge of a particular subject. If you insists on wanting to learn how to view minidump files and decipher them anyway, be my guest - start HERE (click me).

Curiously are you experiencing some kind of BSOD and wanted to fix it on your own?


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June 23, 2015 at 13:40:52
Using a program they often point to a particular file, which might (or might not) give you a lead. Usually more helpful for software faults because a hardware fault can cause the system to trip up in any old place.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 23, 2015 at 13:48:09
Yes I have a bsod on a computer I am repairing and I'm just wondering if looking at the mini dump files would be something I could try. I've seen in forums where you can post your mini dump logs and have other users examine them. Maybe I'll just try that

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June 23, 2015 at 14:03:53
"Maybe I'll just try that"

Copy & Paste the dump (.dmp ) file onto your desktop & then upload it using ZippyShare. No account/registration needed. Post the link please.
Instructions on how to use ZippyShare.
Minidump file is located in C:\Windows\Minidump
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