I started getting the blue screen of death yesterday. Here's the setup:
- Dell Precision laptop
- Main hard disk is an SSD
- No recent hardware or software changes, except I did Windows update yesterday morning.
- Happens even if no external hardware plugged in
- Can go an hour or two before it happens
- There are no recent files in Windows/minidump
When the crash happens the Windows Startup Repair utility runs. If I click details it says: "Root cause found / Boot configuration is corrupt / Partition table repair / Result: failed, Error 0x490"
I'm thinking this might be a startup issue after the crash, and not really a root cause. But it does point to a disk problem, maybe, maybe not.
Can anyone tell me how to diagnose and repair this issue?
Edit, more info:
The blue screen flashed by quickly, but the stop code appeared to be 0x000000F4.
There are only old files in c:\windows\minidump
When it happened, the system got slow, the mouse pointer was replaced by a spinner, the video flashed, slowly application windows disappeared, then finally got the blue screen. This time it happened right after I tried to send an email, so it could be network-related, but I'm still thinking disk problem.
The dump from smartctl for the SSD: https://gist.github.com/ccleve/5496414
The dump from my second hard disk: https://gist.github.com/ccleve/5496511