CTDT with ACAD files and external references

Has anybody had experience with SW2003 SP3.1 crashing when loading and AutoCad dwg file with external references? Needless to say I don't have the
file ACAD would be trying to reference.
NT4.0 SW2003 SP3.1
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Do you need the xref? If not, open the dwg in acad, "detach" the xref, save
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wow, that's a big part!
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