There is no mindump file to send, which is what I meant by Hard Crash. 3ds Max just stops, without even an error report.
All service packs are applied and I'm using your basic starter tutorial for Forest Pack and mental ray - the tutorial that starts with a small castle and a boat in the canal.
I'm only rendering locally, and the problem (so far) seems particular to the tutorial file. Is this issue repeatable on your end?
Thanks for looking into this!