My desktop crashed with a Blue Screen of Death. What a pain. I found some free (for personal use, must pay for commercial use) software called WhoCrashed that quickly told me what was wrong. I highly recommend this tool if you encounter a BSOD. If it happens at work, buy the product. It is a huge timesaver. I wrote a Microsoft whitepaper on kernel debugging. I have the tools for analyzing dump files. But I'm in nursing school now and I don't have the time for all of that. WhoCrashed provided the answer less than 2 seconds after installing it. Here's what it said:
2 crash dumps have been found
and analyzed. A third party driver has been identified to be causing system
crashes on your computer. It is strongly suggested that you check for updates
for these drivers on their company websites. Click on the links below to search
with Google for updates for these drivers:
athrx.sys (Atheros Extensible Wireless LAN device driver, Atheros
If no updates for these drivers are
available, try searching with Google on the names of these drivers in
combination the errors that have been reported for these drivers and include the
brand and model name of your computer as well in the query. This often yields
interesting results from discussions from users who have been experiencing
Absolutely correct! The BSOD did show athrx.sys as the problem. I had installed an aBit wireless card. Like absolutely every aBit product I've ever bought (the wireless card was my last aBit purchase), I had trouble finding drivers. I found out that the wireless card had an Atheros chipset, so I made a guess as to which Atheros driver to install. The wireless had been working fine for a few days until the BSOD. I still don't know what driver I should install, but at least I know where the problem is. The next step is to replace the aBit hardware and the machine should be rock solid.
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