Dell Inspiron mini BSOD, locks up, "kernel thread terminated while holding a mutex"

Posted on 2010-01-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
My daughter's Dell Inspiron mini 1011 is locking up and yesterday we got a BSOD with an error of "kernel thread terminated while holding a mutex".  Event viewer has a system error and today is a Service Control Manager error " application Layer Gateway Service terminated unexpectedly". Out of Dell warranty but Dell support chat says it's a software error and if I wanted to use the pay support they could fix it. Any ideas? seems to be happening when surfing mostly
Question by:jhevesy
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by:Adam Leinss
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Try BlueScreenView: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html.  Under the "Cause" tab, what driver does it give the most as being the cause or is it blank?

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tkfast earned 668 total points
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If Dell Support thinks they can fix the problem then they will walk you through doing an OS repair. I would first try that before going through dell support.

Put disc in , press F12,  boot from disc(IDE Cd-rom).  Press 'R" to enter Windows xp recovery consile. Type 1 press enter to select the installed copy of windows. Type the Administrator password ( if there is one).
Other wise once you see
type the following after chkdsk /r /p
C:\windows>chkdsk /r /p

It will find and repair bad windows files / sectors.

Try this and see if you still incounter same errors.

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Thanks for the suggestions. This is a mini so I don't have a disc drive and I don't have an OS disc. I ran the blue screen view and it is saying I am having a problem with ntoskrnl.exe.
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Jonvee earned 668 total points
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Often the ntoskrnl.exe file is reported corrupted when the actual problem lies elsewhere.   See if you can locate a minidump of the state of your system at the time it crashed, normally located in
or  %systemroot%\minidump\

Can you paste the latest dump(s) in the "File" box and i'll take a look.  You'll need to rename single minidump files first with a .txt extension, (do not rename the contents of the file).  Alternatively zip them before attaching, and rename the .zip to .txt for the attaching (the upload).

You may need to disable auto restart:
Right click My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery Settings and uncheck Automatically Restart.

If you see no minidump>
Enable Minidump's in Windows XP:

Or you may be getting a total crash before Windows has a chance to produce a crash dump.  In that case i suggest you first scan the Hard disk for errors running the command chkdsk /r

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