fuck it. the damned compiler has started crashing on me everytime i try to run my damn program. i simplified it down to the point where i REMed out everything but printf and the damn thing still crashed when i ran it. i even started a brand new program and copied source code straight from my text to see if it would crash it, and of course, it did. i rebooted the stupid piece of shit and closed anything that might conflict once i was working on a clean boot. nope, same stupid fucking illegal operation message everytime i tried to compile and run my program.