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Unable to open Excel workbook. "Excel.exe - Application Error" Message Box Appears

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The message box says, "The instruction at "0x3005c5feb" referenced memory at "0x000000018". The memory could not be "written".

Click on OK to terminate the program.
Click on CANCEL to debug the program.

The message box only appears with one particular workbook. Other workbooks openly normally. The workbook does contain macros but the same macros do not cause other workbooks to fail.
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Question by:Forecaster
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by:sunray_2003
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Try updating your excel with all the latest updates and fixes (officeupdate.microsoft.com)

Have you tried opening excel in safe mode and then tried to open this workbook ?

Have you disabled the macro and then opened this workbook ? Does it open that way atall ?
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by:jvuz
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You can always try to open the file with openoffice (www.openoffice.org)

Openoffice is a freeware office suite (like MS Office but much, much cheaper)
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by:SNilsson
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Try holding shift while open the book
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by:eric888
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Dreamboat has given me good suggestions before.  Try basic steps here:

http://www.theofficeexperts.com/excel.htm
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fadixp earned 250 total points
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this is what is published about the same subject from Micrsoft
SYMPTOMS
You may receive the following error message when you open a workbook:
The instruction at "0x3005ca13" referenced memory at "0x00000018". The memory could not be "written".
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

276367 OFF2000: How to Obtain the Latest Office 2000 Service Pack

CAUSE
Your workbook is corrupted. This problem may occur when you programmatically do the following in a single macro procedure:

   1. Delete a sheet that contains a control.
   2. Perform a Copy command in a sheet with the same name.
   3. Save the workbook.

The next time you try to open the workbook, you receive the error listed in the "Symptoms" section of this article.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 2.
you can find the service pack in Micrsoft website .
hope this helps
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by:turn123
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Forecaster, Please respond to the comments from the Experts.
See:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi49 Thank you, turn123 (s)
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by:Forecaster
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My apologies for not replying earlier but I am unable to accept any of the replies to my question as there is no 'Accept' button to do so. Is my PC blocking it in some way?            

I would like to accept the answer given by 'fadixp' as a 'B'. The other replies were not satisfactory. Unfortunately, the workbook concerend is still getting corrupted.

Please close the question.

Thanks very much for all the assistance provided.

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