Memory Dump Errors

What is a Memory Dump?

When Windows or a particular program encounters a serious error, the operating system or application creates a log of these events. This ‘log’ is referred to as a Memory Dump. The “dump” contains nothing but raw information fed into it from the application that experienced the error. Typically, you can print out these logs to get to the bottom of what caused the problem, error, or crash. Programmers or other experts use the memory dump information to analyze exactly what the circumstances of a crash were so that they can develop a patch or update to repair it.

What errors can create Memory Dumps?

The following are a list of error types that can cause Memory Dumps:

  • STOP Error
  • DLL Error
  • RAM Hardware Problems
  • Memory Allocation Error
  • HIVE crash
  • COM Error
  • Outlook Errors

What can be done with Memory Dumps?

The raw data contained in a memory dump log is usually in binary, octal or hexadecimal format, which usually means nothing to the average user. As mentioned above memory dumps are primarily a tool used by software developers to discover why their programs are crashing.

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