Corel Draw 10 and Windows XP Pro: an unstable relationship?

Corel Draw 10 on my machine (HP Compaq nc6120 laptop running Windows XP Pro) is immensely unstable. It bombs out roughly every five minutes, and if I'm not quick on the save, I lose work on a regular basis. I have a real clean machine, and not much else gives me problems. I've also got Corel Draw SP1 installed (10.427). I'm really starting to hate this program. Anyone else experienced this fragile relationship? Thanks
paulsharvilleAsked:
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David BruggeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are so many things that could cause this. Video card conflicts, corrupt support files, DLL conflicts…

Corel has laid out a pretty comprehensive check list of things to do to track down a stability problem in Draw 10.

You might find a solution here:
http://support.corel.com/scripts/rightnow.cfg/php.exe/enduser/std_adp.php?p_sid=JwNCu59i&p_lva=&p_faqid=753659&p_created=1068163834&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9ncmlkc29ydD0mcF9yb3dfY250PTkmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1jcmFzaCZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPTMmcF9wcm9kX2x2bDE9MTUmcF9wcm9kX2x2bDI9NjEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PWRmbHQmcF9wYWdlPTE*&p_li=
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paulsharvilleAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Some of the answers would affect the way I run the rest of my computer (like changing themes, virtual memory, hardware acceleration, etc.) but I'll certainly have a tweak and if things improve, I'll let you know.
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ddhammConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is also a specific problem with CorelDraw 10 when using dockers:
Certain video drivers are known to cause CorelDRAW 10 to crash when dockers are manipulated. To correct this, perform do one of the following:

1. Update your video driver
2. Reduce the hardware acceleration for your video card (Win 98/ME and 2000 only)

Also it could just be a a corrupt CorelDraw profile -  hold F8 down while launching the program and it will eliminate any changes that were made to the profile that could be causing the problem.

Also check for the default printer.  If Corel is confused about what printer is set as the default it could cause a problem.

Another possibility:  You need to set the compatibility mode to an earlier version of Windows (since CorelDraw 10 was created long before Windows XP)
Open Windows Explorer and go to the Corel folder.
Then go to the sub folder Programs/CorelDraw. Right click the CorelDraw.exe file and then Properties.
There you will find a Compatibility tab. Click on it and then check off Run in Compatibility Mode. Select Windows 98/Windows ME.


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paulsharvilleAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I've made the changes you suggested. I'll see whether it works and get back to you.
Paul
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paulsharvilleAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys. Have tried all of the suggestions you made (that I felt comfortable doing without hampering performance elsewhere) and it's still crashing like a monkey in a Ferrari. My guess is that CD10 just shouldn't really be running on an XP machine. They simply don't seem to like each other.

Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Paul
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paulsharvilleAuthor Commented:
Here's a message I'm getting frequently when it crashes (though not always):

'The instruction at "0x00000000" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read". Click OK to terminate the program.'

Yes, it's those clear, concise, user-friendly error messages that make Windows such a joy to use...

Thanks

Paul
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ddhammCommented:
I've read some people suggesting that kind of error could be something to do with RAM and they suggested using this tool:
http://www.memtest.org/  or this one:
http://www.memtest86.com/

I doubt that is the problem though.  The only other things I can think of is
A) uninstall and reinstall Corel, or
B) buy an upgrade (and you can usually get those on ebay -- CorelDraw 11 or 12 would work better on XP)

DeeDee


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Jose ParrotConnect With a Mentor Graphics ExpertCommented:
Hi,

As adviced by Corel, older versions of CorelDRAW were never designed, or tested to run on Windows XP. So, it is not a fault of Corel. It is like Microsoft makes new Windows versions to be incompatible with previous competition products. The message you report is typical of a software that found an error and doesn't know how to manage it.

The way is try to follow Corel instructions, at
http://apps.corel.com/partners_developers/casb/serviceb/puttogether/os/installation.htm
or upgrade it, as suggested by DeeDee.

Jose
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Eme-EleonuConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I had used Corel 10 (Now upgraded to 12) on XP, and I didn't have any problem's. I suspect your problem might have to do with the bare necessities. the recommended ram and free disk space is only the lower limits - try and improve on these two if they are not adequate. One needs a lot of power if you are doing graphics especially, vectors and animations. Another problem may be the file, are there exceptions when it seems to run ok, and crash out with particular files? If so, try to flatten out some objects in your files - Fountain fills, Power clips, & some plug-in are notorious for crashing files.
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paulsharvilleAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help guys. Never really got to the bottom. Have ordered Corel X3. Hope the point split is fair. Hard to allocate sometimes, but everyone should get something for putting in the time, and that's how I've split it.

Paul
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