Does latex actually *crash*, or does it exit with an error message? The
"buffer size exceeded" thing leads me to believe it exits with an error
message, and that you most likely have some malformed code that caused
latex to go into an endless loop until it ran out of memory. But without
seeing the actual error message (and, preferably, a minimal example that
demonstrates the problem) I can only guess.
yes, it did crash, because my visual studio debuger jumped up.
i guess the problem was about the specific eps image file i used.
i'm now using png's. and they look fine in pdf files, but not in dvi files.
anyway, my paper looks ok now.
i'll later post my error log file, since i've modified my problematic
source file. i don't make any new trouble before paper submission.