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Drivers and Windows Vista!


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:43 PM

I have an Inspiron desktop running Windows Vista. What is the right formula for figuring out if all my Drivers are current. I know that when there is a yellow symbol next to the Hardware device that there is a problem. Is it important to go to the Dell website and install the Drivers that are stated to be Urgent. Is there any driver scanning programs that you recommend. I used Driver Agent and it detected that I needed to update a few drivers. I went ahead and did this, and when I scanned again it said I needed to update the same drivers. I have tried to update via Windows looking for the driver automatically, but it always says that I have the most current driver.

I have had some issues with the BSOD whilst browsing the Internet and listening to Itunes. The error code is 0X0000007A. Do you think this error code is driver related?

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:08 AM

Astra32 is best software to find the driver utility and also Bios features of motherboard.

http://www.astra32.com/

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:03 AM

Windows Updates are urgent/critical. Driver updates are rarely so, but checking the reasons for the update on the Dell site can tell you more about the issue. In general I don't update drivers unless I'm experiencing a problem in my system.

The error message that you mention can be caused by drivers - or by problems with your hardware. The error means that some sort of data couldn't be read into memory ( http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x7a )

Is your iTunes up to date? That'd be the place to start looking. For now the error seems to center around networking (the browsing) and audio (the iTunes) - so updating those drivers may help.

Beyond that, I'd suggest looking at this thread for some suggestions about the BSOD's: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for the good suggestions. I have updated the Real Tek Audio driver and the network controller. No information in the minidump file.

Can someone give me the exact settings for the system failure to make sure all the details get recorded in the minidump file. Is this usually set to default? Could the information from the BSOD be in another file?

write and event to the sytem log - check or uncheck
send and administrative alert " "
automatically restart " "
small, Kernal or complete memory dump?

Is this the default folder location %SystemRoot%\Minidump

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:14 PM

write and event to the sytem log - check or uncheck ** Check will write an entry to Event Viewer when a crash occurs
send and administrative alert " " - ** Check will send an alert to the administrative part of Event Viewer
automatically restart " " - ** Uncheck will stop the computer from rebooting, so you can see the message
small, Kernal or complete memory dump? ** Small is best here, you don't often need the extra info that the kernel or complete dump provides. Also, with the kernel or complete dump, the file is overwritten with each crash - so you'd have to save the files in order to build a history of them.

The small dump files are stored in the directory:%SystemRoot%\Minidump - the kernel and complete are stored at: %SystemRoot%\Memory.dmp
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