large file crashes system

I have a problem with Photoshop locking up my system when I try to open or scan a large file (50mg or larger). I have 256mg ram & win 98. I have turned off everything I can find in order to conserve ram space. Any ideas how to avoid this problem?
broksoftAsked:
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ngdittmarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Brokesoft,


     is photoshop locking up when you scan? If it is, it is because your file is too big. Plus  you should never ever have to scan an image at more than 1.5 to 2 times the photoshop document resolution will be. Good Luck. Nancy
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oneyedCommented:
You must reduce the amount of resources Photoshop can consume in your system. Don't let it to take more than 50% to avoid system collapse.

File-->Preferences (now it depends on what version you're using, but the option looks something similar to "System Resources")
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broksoftAuthor Commented:
didn't solve the problem - photoshop still locks up
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broksoftAuthor Commented:
Yes - phtotoshop will lock up while scanning. I am scanning to the exact resolution I need to print. I have 256mb of ram and the pictures generally run from 20mb to 100mb for large format printing @ 150 dots per inch.
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ngdittmarCommented:
Dear Brokesoft,

     Also, when you scan, be sure to take into account if you have to reduce the pictures' size in Photoshop. For instance if you plan to reduce the image by 50% scan in your image at 75-100 pixels per inch. goodluck. nancy.
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