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#1 drkernel

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 05:20 AM

Can someone clarify to me the following question?

In windows we set where the dump file will be created.

In many books i see references for storing the dump file in the page file.

I am confused where finaly it is stored in the page file or the place we set in windows?

Maybe, first it is saved in the page and from there in win dir (we have defined)?

Please elaborate.

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:28 AM

A dump file is created during a crash and (in the case of a full dump) contains the contents of memory (so a full dump is about the size of your installed memory). It uses the pagefile to "dump" the physical memory, then saves it to your hard drive. Full memory dumps are usually located in the Windows directory, while smaller "mini" dumps may be found in the Windows\minidump directory.
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:37 AM

Dependying how windows is set up, it may keep rebooting and do not know it does so.

To figure out, it does so, one way is to set the machine create a minidump and look for it.

Is there any other way?

Another question i want to ask is

When setting from boot.ini debug mode, what else we achieve ?

Are "debuge mode" and "minidump" related?

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:41 AM

In order to debug, you'll have to see the contents of the dump files. There's an explanation of an abbreviated method of debugging here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry409491

But the actual "debug" is well beyond what we do here - and is used by driver writers to make sure that the drivers that they write are bug free.
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