Blender crashes when I attempt to render linked ball to grass scene

I am trying to finish a tutorial here: http://cgcookie.com/blender/2013/02/14/creating-a-grassy-outdoor-scene-in-blender-part-3/. Following the tutorial directions, I linked a ball group from another blend file into my grass blend file. When I attempt to view the ball on the grass in rendered mode, Blender crashes with a message about my graphics card not working. I think the grass (particles) is causing the problem, but I’m a beginner so I don’t know for sure. Is there a way that I can get a final render of my ball on the grass? I think in the tutorial he used “scenes”, but I don’t know how that works or if it would make a difference.

http://www.pasteall.org/blend/19530

This is a bug. Try posting it in the blender bug tracker.

Thanks for responding. I’ve given up on this tutorial. It’s too hard for me to follow.