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  1. #1
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    Dr watson...WTH???

    I went to a clients house tonite. Thier hard drive was ~95% taken up. What caused it? Dr watsons user dump file was 55 gigs in size on this 60 gig hard drive. Anyone here ever ran into Dr watson making such a absurdly large dump (ok, that sounds ickyer then I intended, but you know what I'm taking about!)?
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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    I had problems w/ a laptop on the mfr xp install, dr watson was taking up 12gb of a 40gb hdd. I've disabled dr watson on all of my builds since then.

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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    Is Dr. Watson still installed with XP & Vista (I guess I could check.)? I haven't remembered seeing him rear his ugly head since Win 95!
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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    It looks like Dr. Watson is still around in XP. I've never actually seen it come up though.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308538
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  5. #5
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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    ^^Yeah. I had it in my head Doc Watson died with that creepy "Clippy" deal!!

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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    Clippit is an optional extra in Office, whereas Dr Watson is debugging tool installed by default that works hand-in-hand with Event Log and Error Reporting. I wouldn't recommend disabling it. Instead, if you're really concerned about big dumps, you can turn off DrWatson dumps through it's configuration UI. Start Menu > Run and type drwtsn32.

    It's most unusual for Dr Watson to make massive dumps and if it does do that, there's something else wrong that should probably be investigated.

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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    Wasn't Dr Watson the coolest hit in the 286/386 era?

    I remember using the first soundcard ('93) in a lab on a program called Dr Watson. It was some AI psychologist you could type to, and he'd actually say out his replies.

    It was really amusing for a 12 year old.


    ;-)

    Now I freak when I see that on anyone's PC.

    Sure MS, debug your code on my PC's time. Ha!


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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    I remember that....though it was DrSBaitso on soundblaster cards


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    Re: Dr watson...WTH???

    YES!

    That's the program I was talking about. I knew it as Dr. Watson...

    The early Sound Blasters (or any compatible soundcard) where a blast.

    It really changed the face of PC games! And I believe games were coming out with 256 colors at that time!

    When hard drives were still below 1 GB, Myst came out, using up an entire CD!
    Most of it with just quicktime files that were animated in a click able slide-show like world. The good old 386 days (my personal favorite was ID's Doom though).



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