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Archive for May 7th, 2012

The Case of the Runtime Error (or Check Your Time Zones & DST Settings)

Posted by William Diaz on May 7, 2012


One of our helpdesk technician’s in a remote office reached out to me recently and asked me to assist with an application that suddenly started crashing on him with the following error: “Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library. Runtime Error! This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way…”
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Troubleshooting a “Hard Hang”

Posted by William Diaz on May 7, 2012


I recently put together a quad core system from parts my brother was retiring from his home system. Soon after getting everything up and running, the new system would sometimes hard hang while working via VPN. A hard hang is when the OS becomes completely unresponsive but is still running. I had earlier prepared myself for the next instance of this encounter by enabling CrashOnCtrlScroll in the Windows registry so that the next time it happened I could manually crash the system from the keyboard and examine the memory dump with WinDbg for signs of the responsible culprit. You can read about how to enable this option in this earlier blog Forcing a System Crash on an Unresponsive PC.

Upon opening a kernel dump, the analyze –v command is a clickable hyperlink1.

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