BSOD, this term was coined in the early 1990's when NT was introduced and
not enough information on how to repair the fault was available, this
usually meant re-installing the Operating System...
or Stop on Error
Or how to decode infamous
Blue Screen of Death or
Screen for Microsoft Products
The phone is ringing, you look at the clock it is o'dark thirty. When
you answer the phone the Data Center Control guy is on the phone saying that
the server EEPAO-12098Z1 has failed. You get dressed and head to the Data
Center. When you get there you see on the monitor:
table, or PDF was removed because it will not display on your device. Check back on a PC....
**Clsabrf.SYS - Address C751193C Base At B23FE0A0, Datestamp 41d7CF10
Awwwww CR**! Now what?
Well you have a couple of choices, go home and go back to bed (you probably
won't have a pay check any more either)
Blue Screen of Death
Or you can troubleshoot this error. Your best bet for finding out what this
error is will be MS Tech Net at http://technet.microsoft.com/ en-us/default.aspx
You can put in the 'Driver_IRQ....' or the 'Stop 0x00....' in the search box
and normally find results (at the time of this writing it was over 800). You
may want to refine your search to a smaller area and use the last line to do
the search - '**Clsabrf.SYS - ...'.
Now if you have the fix all you have to do is apply it either through the
'Safe Mode' the 'Emergency Console' or a Boot OS.
Once you fix the problem the next thing is to test the system, if it starts
normally all is good.
But what if the fix caused a different error and BSOD (Blue Screen of
Death)? What if the search
doesn't turn up any fixes? What then?
Your next choice is to make the 'Memory Dump' file big enough to capture the
error, normally a 64K dump file will be big enough to capture a start up error
but not if the system is up and running when it crashes.
Or if you have the dump file turned off for
performance purposes you will need
to get in to the system and turn it on, you can do this either by the 'Safe
Mode' or with a boot OS such as
(If you happen to have a copy)
Once you start the system that has Blue Screen of Death with ERD, BartPE, or in the Safe Mode then go to
the System Properties and set the memory dump file, you may want to put the
dump file at the root of the OS drive to make finding it easier, also you may
want to use a custom size if you suspect that the error is happening after the
OS is started and has been running for some time.
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Start it up and let it crash - yes you need to get the reporting program to
write the dump file. Once it has crashed restart the system with your trusty
emergency boot OS, copy the file off the effected system.
Now you need to have either MS Support that can debug the dump file or do it
yourself. If you are sending it off to MS Support then all you need to do now
is contact them, get the support ticket number and where to send the file then
wait for the answer from MS.
If you are doing the BSOD - Blue Screen of Death debugging yourself you need to have this program
installed on your computer:
See this page for the setup instructions:
Now you are ready to delve deeper in to your problem.
See this page
for very descriptive instructions on how to find the error.
Once you figure out what the problem is you can fix it.
I know that some of these procedures are 'obscure' and this is a lot of Geek
but there isn't anyway around it, if you feel this is beyond your expertise
then you will either have to contact MS for support or hire an expert such as a
Oh! BTW - I did the 0'dark thirty routine for nine years... Folgers loves
Don't have an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) for Vista, Windows 7 or 8? You can
make your own custom ERD, here is a
tutorial I wrote to help you...