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A display or printout of the contents of memory. When a program abends, a memory dump can be taken in order to examine the status of the program at the time of the crash. The programmer looks into the buffers to see which data items were being worked on when it failed. Counters, variables, switches and flags are also inspected.

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My computer with windows xp after a while dumps its memory

First off, have you installed any new hardware or software/drivers recently?

Random memory dumps are caused by out-dated or incorrect drivers, or malfunctioning hardware.

In most cases you can reference an error message by going into your event logs using

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Dr Watson is a program in windows xp that is used to diagnose these error messages. Look at this link

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Physical memory dump.

Physical memory dumps usually involve something using entirely too much RAM when they shouldn't be. The dump takes place to free up memory so that the system could keep running. A few things can cause this, few of them good.

If it's happened twice in a day, it probably means that some piece of hardware it about to go (or already has). Safe bet would be that a memory stick (or part of one) has gone bad. Since the computer expects to be able to use that, it's discovery that it doesn't have all the memory that it thought it did traumatizes the poor thing.

Think of how you'd feel if you discovered that your basement disappeared, right after you bought a bunch of stuff that needed to be stored in there. Your reaction might be to react by just throwing stuff away that you thought was no good and just taking up space. The downside would be that you might accidentally throw away something you need.

The good news is that a RAM dump is not permanently removing information; it's just removing it for the session until necessary. Still, dumps often require restarts because something necessary disappeared. It's not really a great analogy, but I think it helps explain the idea.

You might want to do a check on the RAM or the HDD to see what the problem is. There is also a possibility that it's from a program that isn't bright enough to only use the amount of RAM that's there.

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Take out the RAM and clear the fungus..
fix the RAM and start with safe mode....
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Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for running Windows XP if this is an upgrade - I had a computer that technically met the requirements, but boy did it run slow after I upgraded from Windows ME to Windows XP. If your hard drive contains no programs, information that you can live without, then you can completely reformat the hard drive and start over from scratch. If it does contain important programs, burn them to CD or DVD - and make sure that your computer can read the files after you are done burning - and then reformat your hard drive.

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the update must be requiring more physical memory than you have... so it is dumping physical memory so better uninstall the latest update,,,,

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