PROGRAMMER’S PRAYER Our program, who art in memory, called by thy name; thy operating system run; thy function be done at runtime as it was in development. Give us this day our daily output. and forgive us our code duplication, as we forgive those who duplicate code against us. And lead us not in frustration, but deliver us from GOTOs. For thine is the algorithm, the computation and the solution, looping forever and ever. RETURN
Earlier this week, a student walked into my office with his Dell XPS 15 9550 in hand. Sometimes his computer would behave, and sometimes, during heavy load, it would die with a
CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD. Dell’s own recovery DVD image was unable to restore the computer to a working order. The support personnel at Dell suggested using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to download a Windows 10 ISO image. Burning the ISO image to a DVD and reinstalling Windows made the computer runnable to some degree. As soon as we installed the WiFi driver, we got that dreaded
CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD again. Googling for “Dell XPS 15 9550 CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED” gave results about the NVMe disk device driver being a possible culprit. This issue has existed for almost a year and are hardly isolated to a few instances. Maybe the XPS 15 9550 model suffers from poor choice of hardware components or bad hardware design.