Monday, 25 August 2014

Debugging and my story

I thought is write a blot post about myself and how I started debugging as I haven't posted in a long time, the reason is I'm actually on holiday in Greece so I can't write much about debugging as I don't have access to my computer.

So here's my story on how I got to where I am today...

Before time began... Wait, that's not right.
Okay, I first got my own computer in March 2013 from a local computer shop, I saved up from Xmas and birthday money, my parents didn't agree getting my own computer was a good idea but I insisted so I went to this shop and poured out a sum of £590 to pay for a gaming computer.
At the time I knew nothing, literally... I mean nothing about computers, I just wanted to play better games than what was on my Xbox at the time.
So here I carried it upstairs (my Uncle fetched the computer in his car for me at the time) into my bedroom, here comes the phone call of my mum ringing up and to her disbelief I told her I bought a computer.
She came home and to no surprise wasn't happy at all, we had no where to put it at all, eventually she decided to move everything around to put a desk in.
Here's where the irony comes in, she said it was a bad idea to buy the computer and especially from this local shop, so here I was setting it up, buying a few games on Steam, starting playing the games and... (You guessed it) blue screen!

Oh no, what am I going to do?
Panic, panic...
I eventually ring the shop and say this has happened, so I took it down to the shop, he looked at it and told me to come back in a few days, I came back and it ran fine until it happened again.
I remember him saying it was a driver issue and I'm installing something that's causing problems, funny how he never told me what it was.

This is the point where I decided to go online and see if I can find any solutions, all gibberish as I knew nothing of computing.
That's when I stumbled upon

I asked for help and I got all these solutions that wouldn't work, from somebody called Arc, I then contacted somebody else called X Blue Robot to help me which happens to be a good friend now over at

Anyway, the problems still persisted so joined another forum which was and made a thread, Vir Gnarus and two others helped me and it was appearing to be a hardware failure, especially given it was a 0x124, (discussed in another post).

I still couldn't fix the problem, I got numerous errors to the point where I contacted the supplier where the local shop got the computers from. They told me to send it to them free of charge, they contacted me days after and said they couldn't replicate the issue but replaced the PSU and GPU as the GPU had a loose bearing as wasn't actually supplied with the computer, the local shop bought that seperate so the 450w PSU couldn't really handle it so that was replaced to an el cheapo 750w Ace switching PSU which can be bought from around £10, that's good...

I gave up and changed what software I could as the supplier still couldn't find any problems.

I started then posting BSOD instructions over at to help some BSOD analysts.
I got a few thanks, I then installed the Windows Debugger to take a look at some files, still gibberish, no luck in finding useful commands on my own, thanks to some of x BlueRobot's posts (Harry Miller) I managed to use some commands to find simply BSOD cases.
I then started learning basics and reading blog posts by Harry on learning debugging. Afterwards I bought Windows Internals and read a bit of that.
Without causing more wars I got into a large disagreement over at and got banned, after already having an account on Sysnative about freezing I decided to take my knowledge over there.
Shorty after I made friends with two fellow BSOD analysts Patrick Barker and John Griffith.
I've been there ever since at my new online home, I then joined and helped people out there (which I still do).
And now here I am (in Greece) helping people out with BSODs and hopefully starting a Computer Science degree at Sheffield Hallam University this time next year.
Oh and over at Vir Gnarus who is now a good friend but he recently switched to IT Infrastructure as apposed to debugging but I'm hoping he'll return soon.

I'm undecided in what to do as a career at the moment but an Escalation Engineer at Microsoft looks like a very interesting job.

So that's my story so far, debugging is very interesting and so hard to believe that if I hadn't had bought that specific computer I wouldn't be here today.

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