Re: [BCAB] A very off-beat question about JAWS: forcing an error David Griffith 14 Nov 2012 23:38 GMT

I am not sure how to force Jaws to crash but mostly it does it on the web
with me,

However in any case I often use NVDA to recover from Jaws crashes. Typically
NVDA will start up and I will find a windows message saying Application file
for Jaws has stopped working. Do you want windows to check online for a
So yes it is possible to use NVDA to recover from errors.
Occasionally  though, even though NVDA will start, the crashed Jaws and
browser application will not allow a proper return to all the keyboard.  In
particular you often cannot press enter to get rid  of error messages and
move focus away.
For these occasions I have put a shortcut to a restart.bat file on the
Windows desktop with a keyboard shorcut of control alt and f12.
The bat file has one line only and this is
shutdown /r followed by a return.

Executing this will force a Windows restart and prevent the need to hold the
power switch down or pull out the main plug. The shutdown initiates after 60

David Griffith

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Sent: 14 November 2012 12:37
Subject: [BCAB] A very off-beat question about JAWS: forcing an error

Hello all,

here's a question which I feel some people may find rather bizarre. Does
anyone know of any action one can perform on a Windows XP PC which is bound
to cause Jaws to crash?

I'm running JAWS and want to crash it, so that I can test the effectiveness
of putting in a Pen Drive with NVDA to trouble-shoot and wake Jaws up again.
Currently, if Jaws suddenly gives me the silent treatment, I have to ring
our technicians to get them to connect remotely and bail me out. I'd like to
test whether NVDA would obviate the need for me to do this.


Clive Lever
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Kent County Council

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