> i tried ctr-L, i tired vim 7 but no luck. it seems to be only this file that
> is affected. i think it might have to do with this file being open when my
> computer crashed. i believe there is a .swp file of the same name in the
> same directory. not sure if thats relevant....
There is (almost) always a .swp file present while you're editing the file. If
Vim finds one when opening the file, you'll get a long message and a choice of
options (see ":help ATTENTION").