[bksvol-discuss] Re: MS Word Crashes, WAS: Re: Re: Sighted proofer wanted

  • From: "Judy s." <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 23:32:03 -0600

Hi Debby,

I use Word 2000 constantly, and have worked with enormous files, up to ten megabytes. The biggest file I've ever had for a bookshare book I was proofing was about 800 pages, and that was about 3 megabytes. So I can't imagine any of the files from Bookshare being too big for word.

Your hardware is plenty big enough, but there are a zillion things that could be going on.

First thing I'd do is use the function within the control panel of XP where it allows you to add or remove programs and use it to repair or re-install your Word 2000. Have your Word CDs ready, because it might need them to do the repair.

Second, defragment your hard drive, and make sure you have deleted all of your temp files that programs tend to leave behind when they crash. If you haven't done that, you can get some funky things going on where Word 2000 runs out of space in the swap file because your hard drive thinks it has run out of space. Then Word 2000 gets confused and barfs.

Good luck!

Judy


Debby Franson wrote:
Hi Jamie and everyone!

This message reminded me of my problem.

Until I joined the volunteer community to proofread, I had been using MS Word very lightly, since most of my writing is e-mail rather than word processing. Every book I have proofread whether it has been 100 and some odd pages, in the 200 or 300 range or larger, I can read for a while and then Word 2000 crashes, I get the offer saying that Word is not responding and to end the program, then Dr. Watson offers to have me send an error report to Microsoft. Bruce, (my husband) suggested the file was too big, and to split it up, which was so inconvenient, so I have done most of my proofreading in Wordpad and loading it in Word at the end to check for page breaks and anything that Wordpad can't handle like that.

I'm running Windows XP Pro on a 3GHz machine with 2GB of Ram, I think and Window-Eyes 7.11.

How large a file can MS Word handle comfortably? Has anyone other than Jamie had any kind of crash while proofreading? My computer doesn't crash, though, just Word.

Debby

At 08:43 PM 12/28/2009, Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote
Cindy, I'm wondering if you can work on this one, or another sighted proofreader? I don't know what is in the file but it keeps crashing my computer, like it's too big or something, but it's only just over 2.5 mb. CookWise was almost 3 times that big and I didn't have a problem with that. The one time I did get it to load in Word I couldn't scroll down and then Word crashed.

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