Photoshop CS hangs, how do I fix?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Derek, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. Derek

    Derek Guest


    I was having no problems like this with PS 7 on the same machine. I
    recently installed CS a couple of weeks ago and the problem seems to
    be occuring more frequently.

    After working on an image, sometimes for not even a very long time,
    say 10 minutes or so, Photoshop will just sit there doing nothing, and
    accepting no more input. When this happens the screen frequently isn't
    repainted if I move another window over it. PS will stay like this
    sometimes for 5 or 10 minutes before recovering and allowing me to
    work again for a little while. My images aren't especially large, they
    start out as 9 meg .NEF files. I prefer working in 16bit mode, but
    that seems to make PS even more likely to hang.

    When PS is stuck like this the CPU utilization remains at something
    normal like <5%. But PS's memory usage does seem to be high for a 9meg
    file. It always has well above 100megs ram allocated. So when PS is
    stuck I can go use the computer for everything else just fine.

    My machine is about a year old Pentium 4 running at 1.4Ghz.
    640 megs of RAM
    Windows XP
    Currently with about 2GB of free disk space. Though I only have one
    disk drive in the machine.

    Any help would really be appreciated.

    Thanks, Derek
    Derek, Feb 24, 2004
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    Jimmy Guest

    I can't help you as I am having the same problem. I am using the trial CS
    and it hangs just as you described. I have a Athlon 1.2GB processor, 1GB
    sdram, Win XP Pro, and I have a 5GB scratch partition setup on a separate
    physical drive. As you indicate, 16-bit/channel mode seems to lock-up
    sooner than 8-bit/channel. When I open the same files in PS7.01 these
    lockups cease. Activation aside, this is one major problem that would keep
    me from updating. Anyone have any constructive suggestions or remedies?
    Jimmy, Feb 25, 2004
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  3. Derek

    jjs Guest

    There ya go. And are you really sure you have 2GB free while PS is
    running? Get another disc. Or two.
    jjs, Feb 25, 2004
  4. Derek

    Jimmy Guest

    This wouldn't explain why Derek has no problems with this configuration
    while running PS7. Also, I have two HDD's with a 5 GB scratch partition on
    the second drive, yet I have the same problem as described in Derek's post.
    Is CS worse at managing memory resources/scratch disc than PS7?
    Jimmy, Feb 25, 2004
  5. Derek

    jjs Guest

    CS requires more memory, then possibly more disc space? And besides, we
    don't know that he had the same disc space when he ran V7. Come on, 2gig
    free space? That's bad. And we aren't sure that he's even got that much.
    GUI disc specs aren't genuine.
    Dunno. I use CS on a G5 with 4gb RAM, 100% of it given to CS (which I
    realize only uses a bit less than 2gb) with two fast spools. No problems,
    even with 1.2gb images.
    jjs, Feb 25, 2004
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    arnold henri Guest

    We work professionally with photoshop, and returned to photoshop 7.01.
    We worked for two weeks with the CS and performance really sucks.
    1256 ram / XP pro/ and very fast scsi drives.
    arnold henri, Feb 25, 2004
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    Donald Link Guest

    Buy a bigger disk drive, they are CHEAP!
    Donald Link, Feb 26, 2004
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    Chris Cox Guest

    Which usually means that something is wrong with the machine
    (frequently the disk system).

    Chris Cox, Feb 29, 2004
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