Did some checking on HighEnd3D.com and read something in their forums
that helped out.
It was so simple I could not believe it but I tried it anyway.
It said to try optimizing the file. (that's under file>optimize)
Some how it fixed the problem for me.
Hope it works for you.
> Im on Maya 4.5 and just recently developed the same problem. It's
> never happened before. I just started doing some more complicated
> lighting and test rendering on my animation and this started
> happening. I get the runtime error and sometimes the whole machine
> crashes too.
> I am assuming it has someting to do with lighting because it has never
> happend when i was just rendering before all the lights I set up. If
> you figure this out do please share the solution.
> > Hello, all! I have a rendering problem.
> > I'm currently using Maya Complete 5.0 on a 2 ghz Pentium 4 with 1 gig of RAM
> > running under Windows XP. I have an NVIDIA 64 MB Quadro 4 NVS graphics card.
> > When I try rendering a scene using render view, I get a pop-up window with
> > the title:
> > "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library."
> > The error message states,
> > "Runtime Error!
> > Program c:\program files\AliasWavefront\Maya5.0\bin\maya.exe
> > abnormal program termination."
> > Then the program shuts down.
> > This happens when I use either Mental Ray, or the Maya renderer. It does not
> > happen using the batch render. I've been batch rendering single images with
> > no problems. I have downloaded the latest drivers from INVIDIA.
> > Does anyone have any input on how I can solve this?
> > Thanks in advance.