How to read Blue Dump’s (BSOD) Minidump file

From couple of weeks in my brother’s machine he was getting Blue Dump screen with message “DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL”. Today to investigate I asked him to pass me the minidump files. Minidump are file that windows write for debugging purpose at below location:

%SystemRoot%\Minidump

in the above folder you will find files with ext .dmp
if you open this file with notepad or any other editor you will not be able to read it’s content.

So I used BlueScreenView utility (link)

BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during ‘blue screen of death’ crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version).
For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.

About nitingautam

I am Tech Lead (Java/J2EE/ExtJs) with a MNC located @ Gurgaon.
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