What is a memory dump??

By kiyhkuj
Nov 17, 2007
  1. Hi everybody at techspot. what is memory dump and will it increase graphics performance. thank u.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Memory dump has nothing to do with graphics performance. :)

    A memory dump occurs when your computer has experienced a serious issue or conflict and Windows in order to protect your computer will suddenly shut down, post a Blue Screen (known as the Blue Screen of Death; BSOD) with an error code, and begin dumping physical memory.

    BSODs can be caused by a TON of things like memory corruption, bad drivers or drivers in conflict, etc.

    Windows will also create a file to show what caused the system crash. Minidumps are one type of file that when read is very helpful in finding the culprit.
  3. kiyhkuj

    kiyhkuj TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 85

    is it a disadvantage if i don't have it enabled?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    There is nothing to enable. Windows does this automatically if there is an issue.
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