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VS.NET 2003 crashing while building/rebuilding

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Hi Group,

Environment: Windows 2000 Professional, VS.NET 2003
The solution has 30 projects (one main application and the rest are

We have this annoying behaviour with our ASP.NET application
From time to time, when trying to build or rebuild or run the application,
we experience VS crashes.
VS starts by building the dependent dlls (which is perfectly OK) but when it
comes to the final step - putting everything together and building the main
dll, the VS just vanishes - the process stops without any warning or error
or message. The logs don't mention anything.

The only solution for us is to restart VS, reload the solution, then

Sometimes it happens 5 times in a row, before being able to run the
application, other times 2 or 3 times.
And sometimes it works just fine from the beginning.
We were not able to constantly reproduce the behaviour.
We tried on 3 desktops and a laptop with similar configuration - same
This crashes began once we grew over 22-25 dll projects.

We also tried to uncheck some projects to prevent their rebuilding (projects
we knew we didn't change) but nothing changed.

But once the rebuild completes, if we move the runtime stuff to the
production server (or to any other computer), the application runs fine - no
Has anybody experienced similar things ?
What steps could we take for debugging or trapping the slightest sign of
what's going on ?

Many thanks,

Nov 19 '05 #1
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