DrWatson becoming a pain in the neck !

  SB23 17:22 06 Nov 2004

All of a sudden this little program is becoming a nuisance.Ever since I've updated with SP2,I keep getting "DrWatson debugger has encountered a problem and has to close",although,the rest of my system seems to be running ok,when i try to close,the pc just freezes.What can I do,as it is really getting on my nerves

  iambeavis 17:24 06 Nov 2004

click here;en-us;188296

  iambeavis 17:27 06 Nov 2004

OK try this -m click here

  iambeavis 17:31 06 Nov 2004

And the first link leads you to -

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To Disable Dr. Watson
1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Locate and click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ AeDebug
NOTE: Steps three and four are optional, but they necessary if you want to restore the default use of Dr. Watson.
3. Click the AeDebug key, and then click Export Registry File on the Registry menu.
4. Enter a name and location for the saved registry file, and then click Save.
5. Delete the AeDebug key.
Registry entries for debugger programs are located in the AeDebug key in Windows. The Dr. Watson program is installed by default in Windows, and is configured to run when an application error occurs (with a data value of 1 for the Auto value). The default values are:
Value Name = Auto
Type = String (REG_SZ)
Data Value = 1 or 0. (Default is 1)

Value Name = Debugger
Type = String (REG_SZ)
Data Value = drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g

NOTE: This data value (drwtsn32 -p %ld -e %ld -g) is specific to Dr. Watson. Alternative debuggers will have their own values and parameters.
To Enable Dr. Watson
1. At a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:

drwtsn32 -i
2. Double-click the .reg file you created in steps three and four above.

  SB23 17:55 06 Nov 2004

Thanks for the info,but is it a problem with DrWatson itself,or is it something else,coz it's just done it again,and I'd like to know before I turn it off.Ta

  iambeavis 18:03 06 Nov 2004

From the MS site -

Description of the Dr. Watson for Windows (Drwtsn32.exe) Tool
Article ID : 308538
Last Review : June 27, 2003
Revision : 1.1
This article was previously published under Q308538
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This article describes the Dr. Watson for Windows program error debugger tool included in Windows XP.
Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program. Technical support groups can use the information that Dr. Watson obtains and logs to diagnose a program error. When an error is detected, Dr. Watson creates a text file (Drwtsn32.log) that can be delivered to support personnel by the method they prefer. You also have the option of creating a crash dump file, which is a binary file that a programmer can load into a debugger.

Note Windows XP also provides an Error Reporting service that monitors your computer for both user-mode and kernel-mode faults ("stop" error messages or error messages that are displayed on a blue screen, as well as improper shutdown events) that affect both the operating system and any programs. This service allows you to send error reports to Microsoft when an error occurs. Because all error reports are confidential and anonymous, Microsoft Support Professionals do not have access to any error report that you have sent to Microsoft over the Internet using the Error Reporting service. As a result, you may need to send a Dr. Watson for Windows log file to a support professional. For additional information about Error Reporting Service in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310414 HOW TO: Configure and Use Error Reporting in Windows XP
If a program error occurs, Dr. Watson for Windows starts automatically. To configure Dr. Watson, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type drwtsn32, and then click OK.
By default, the log file created by Dr. Watson is named Drwtsn32.log and is saved in the following location:
drive:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINNT\Application Data\Microsoft\Dr Watson
Note Drwatson.exe is an older program error debugger that was included with earlier versions of Windows NT. Microsoft recommends that you use Drwtsn32.exe instead of Drwatson.exe in Windows XP.
• Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
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kbinfo KB308538

  VoG II 18:11 06 Nov 2004
  Padawan 21:19 07 Nov 2004

i had this problem,so i got sherlock to kick his ass

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