Daily BSOD, Windows Vista

By newcompgeek
Jan 27, 2011
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  1. hi,
    im new to computers, and the laptop i have was given to me by a friend, when she gave it to me there were no problems, that was till tuesday morning, i woke up to a blue screen. i dont know what might have caused it cuz the only thing running was my screen saver, and it also happened this morning to, also when i try to start my comp back up from that it sometimes wont, then i have to unplug it, and then a screen pops up saying to repair (same screen that offers you to go into safe mode)
    i have no idea what to do!
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    How to find and post your Minidump Files:

    My Computer > C Drive > Windows Folder > Minidump Folder > Minidump Files.

    It is these files that we need (not the folder). Attach to your next post the five most recent dumps. Notice the Manage Attachments button at the bottom when you go to post the next time. You can Zip up to five files per Zip; if you only have one or two you don’t need to zip them, just attach as is. Please do us a favor and don’t Zip each one individually.
  3. newcompgeek

    newcompgeek TS Rookie Topic Starter

    followed directions

    ok so i went to Computer > C: Drive > Windows Folder then thats where i hit a dead end, no mini dump file, i even typed iit in the search box, omg i cant be this computer illiterate
    would it be somewhere else?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Do the following to enable Minidump Files to be created:

    1. Right click My Computer > click Properties > click Advance tab

    2. The Advance Screen at the bottom right has Error Reporting. Click this on.

    3. Click Enabled error reporting and also check both boxes underneath: Windows operating system and Programs.

    4. Now click Choose Programs and click All Programs. Then click Okay and that screen will close. At the next screen click Okay and that will close.

    5. You are back to the Advance screen. Find the Start up and Recovery which has underneath it System startup, system failure, and debugging information. Click the Settings box.

    6. Another screen will open. You want the System failure section. Enable all three boxes.

    7. Under these boxes is Write debugging information. Choose the option Small memory dump (64kb). Click OK and that screen will close.

    8. Click OK one more time and you'll be finished. Now the ability for your system to write minidumps should be enabled.

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