Install the Unofficial Patch: http://www.patches-scrolls.de/vampire_bloodlines.php
In addition to the memory issue, it fixes a whole bunch of other stuff and if you install the Plus version (you get a choice when you launch it) - it even restores some content, like dialogue and a some quests.
We do what we must / because we can. / For the good of all of us. / Except the ones who are dead.
gatechgamer thanks for the fast response. stupid question, but where can I find the .exe?
program files > Activision > Vampire - Bloodlines
takes me to the games folders, but I see no exe. just Bin, Extras, and Vampire. in the Extras subfolder there are some patch applications that I was able to switch to Windows XP (Service Pack 3), and I switched them to run as administrator while I was at it, but I still can't find the game .exe.