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Excel: "Not enough system resources to display completely"

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This error comes up as soon as Excel is run.  No specific documents, it happens to all, even a blank document when Excel is run for the first time.  I have tried both Office 2003 and Office 2007 but the error comes up on both versions.  I have followed the steps all the steps outlined in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/280504 to no avail.  Thinking this may be related to hardware, I have had the manufacturer replace the RAM, CPU, and motherboard.  This is driving me up a wall.  Please help!
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Did you tryed to reinstall the Office software from scratch? If you already went for the hardware change, did you tryed formatting the disk, and make a brand new installation of Windows and Office to see if it solves the problem?

Also, just a thought, do you have any printer connected to this computer? Please remove the printer from this computer and check...

jppinto
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by:Robert Snow
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What is your system information?
(example: amount of RAM, processor, operating system)
Other things to check:
How much of your RAM is being used? (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC - there's a percentage at the bottom [physical memory] and more detailed information on the Performance tab.)

How much hard drive space do you have free? (Start>My Computer [or computer depending on windows version] right-click drive C: (or whatever drive Windows is installed on))
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finishing above comment:

once you right click the drive, go to properties and look at the graph
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by:JaZz0r
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jppinto:
If by reinstall from scratch you mean uninstall first then install, then yes that is how I reinstalled.  I have not formatted the drive, but I do plan on imaging the drive and seeing what happens with a fresh OS.

Soulflare3:
HP ProBook 6545b notebook
2.28GHz Intel Core i5 CPU
2GB RAM
WinXP SP3
Physical memory available: 1282424
Physical memory total: 1949036
267GB free hard drive space

It is a farily new notebook and should be able to handle Excel.
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by:jppinto
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Your hardware configuration is more than enough to run Excel! You must have some instalation problem in terms of software so I would recommend you format the disk drive after making an image of the data.
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i agree with jppinto - try making an image and reinstalling the OS - if you need an imaging program, Macrium Reflect Free is very good. (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp)

With Macrium, you can even take files from the image without completely re-using the entire image if you want. (recover specific files)

The only thing you will need for Macrium is a blank CD-R to boot from, so you can restore later (if you wish), or you can re-install macrium free from within the new windows install, and just get the files you want without overwriting the fresh windows install.

This is all probably from a bad install - it happens sometimes (even when installing the OS itself).
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This error is not relted to Hard drive storage but with the resourses (memrory).
I did faced this issue many times and tweking the memroy settings using registry fixed them.

I would sugget give it a try...

"Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows"

Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type PoolUsageMaximum as the entry name, and then press ENTER.
Right-click PoolUsageMaximum, and then click Modify.
Click Decimal.
In the Value data box, type 60, and then click OK. Again,
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type PagedPoolSize as the entry name, and then press ENTER.
Right-click PagedPoolSize, and then click Modify.
Click Hexadecimal.
In the Value data box, type a value of FFFFFFFF, and then click OK.



Quit registry editor.. Check the paging files to 1.5 times of the physical RAM as initial value and 3 times as max value.


Reboot the computer.


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by:JaZz0r
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subhashchy:
Thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately that did not fix the issue.
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Excel 2007 does not produce the error on a fresh OS install.

It feels like reinstalling the OS to solve an Excel issue is like using a bomb to kill a fly.  While I am disappointed that I will not know what caused this, I no longer have the time to keep the laptop away from the user.

Thanks to all for your attempts.
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by:Robert Snow
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Could have been a bad MS update, or something installed out of order, or even an incomplete install or something like that... many factors. Maybe it was a result of a virus... who knows? At least the problem is *gone* now...
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Unable to directly resolve issue without reformatting the computer.
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