New computer runs so slow . . .


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W E B G U R L

Photoshop has difficulty performing tasks of a 40Mb file and always freezes.

I have 512Mb of RAM with a 80Gb hardrive with 49Gb free space. P4 processor 3Ghz. PC is
only one month old and worked great when I first got it.

I tried doing a system restore, just in case there was a conflict, but no changes

Any suggestions to what I can do within XP to reslove these problems?

Thanks


Here is the system info:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
System Model MS-7071
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 26/09/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
Total Physical Memory 958.48 MB
Available Physical Memory 617.63 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.26 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
 
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Ron Martell

W E B G U R L said:
Photoshop has difficulty performing tasks of a 40Mb file and always freezes.

I have 512Mb of RAM with a 80Gb hardrive with 49Gb free space. P4 processor 3Ghz. PC is
only one month old and worked great when I first got it.

I tried doing a system restore, just in case there was a conflict, but no changes

Any suggestions to what I can do within XP to reslove these problems?

Thanks

I suggest that you refer this question to one of the Adobe support
forums at http://www.adobe.com/support/forums/main.html

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

"Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
has never been in bed with a mosquito."
 
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Donny Broome

1. Your system could use more RAM. 512 MB is a good starting point.
However, since you're using PhotoShop with large files, 1 GB would be a
better real-world number for your system. This upgrade should cost less than
$100.

2. If the machine was once fast, but now slow, you could have a spyware
infection. Spyware can bring even the mightiest of systems to a crawl. I
personally use Ad-Aware and SpySweeper. The page below details many fine
programs that can assist you with scanning/removing spyware from your
system.
http://www.broomeman.com/spyware/

3. You may have too many items running automatically at startup. Such items
consume RAM and limit your resources. An easy way to disable these items is
using the System Configuration Utility. You can access it by clicking Start
| Run, then typing "msconfig" and clicking OK. Go to the startup tab and
uncheck items that you're SURE you can live without.

4. There is a visual setting within XP that can be changed to free up some
memory. To adjust your visual settings for 'Best Performance', see this
guide, which includes screenshots:
http://www.broomeman.com/boostxp/
 
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W E B G U R L

Had already done that but not much help! Got more help here!!!

Anyhow, I do believe I need to partition my hard drive to allocate RAM specifically to
Photoshop.

Thanks




|
| >Photoshop has difficulty performing tasks of a 40Mb file and always freezes.
| >
| >I have 512Mb of RAM with a 80Gb hardrive with 49Gb free space. P4 processor 3Ghz. PC is
| >only one month old and worked great when I first got it.
| >
| >I tried doing a system restore, just in case there was a conflict, but no changes
| >
| >Any suggestions to what I can do within XP to reslove these problems?
| >
| >Thanks
| >
|
| I suggest that you refer this question to one of the Adobe support
| forums at http://www.adobe.com/support/forums/main.html
|
| Good luck
|
|
| Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
| --
| Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
| On-Line Help Computer Service
| http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
|
| "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
| has never been in bed with a mosquito."
 
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W E B G U R L

More RAM would be good. Will say that 512 on 98SE, pshop ran as smooth as. . . .


| 1. Your system could use more RAM. 512 MB is a good starting point.
| However, since you're using PhotoShop with large files, 1 GB would be a
| better real-world number for your system. This upgrade should cost less than
| $100.
|
| 2. If the machine was once fast, but now slow, you could have a spyware
| infection. Spyware can bring even the mightiest of systems to a crawl. I
| personally use Ad-Aware and SpySweeper. The page below details many fine
| programs that can assist you with scanning/removing spyware from your
| system.
| http://www.broomeman.com/spyware/
|
| 3. You may have too many items running automatically at startup. Such items
| consume RAM and limit your resources. An easy way to disable these items is
| using the System Configuration Utility. You can access it by clicking Start
| | Run, then typing "msconfig" and clicking OK. Go to the startup tab and
| uncheck items that you're SURE you can live without.
|
| 4. There is a visual setting within XP that can be changed to free up some
| memory. To adjust your visual settings for 'Best Performance', see this
| guide, which includes screenshots:
| http://www.broomeman.com/boostxp/
|
|
|
| --
| ------------------------------------------
| Donny Broome
| http://www.broomeman.com/tech/
| ------------------------------------------
|
|
|
|
|
| | > Photoshop has difficulty performing tasks of a 40Mb file and always
| > freezes.
| >
| > I have 512Mb of RAM with a 80Gb hardrive with 49Gb free space. P4
| > processor 3Ghz. PC is
| > only one month old and worked great when I first got it.
| >
| > I tried doing a system restore, just in case there was a conflict, but no
| > changes
| >
| > Any suggestions to what I can do within XP to reslove these problems?
| >
| > Thanks
| >
| >
| > Here is the system info:
| >
| > OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
| > Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
| > OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
| > System Manufacturer MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
| > System Model MS-7071
| > System Type X86-based PC
| > Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
| > Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
| > BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 26/09/2005
| > SMBIOS Version 2.3
| > Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
| > System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
| > Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
| > Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180
| > (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
| > Total Physical Memory 958.48 MB
| > Available Physical Memory 617.63 MB
| > Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
| > Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
| > Page File Space 2.26 GB
| > Page File C:\pagefile.sys
| >
| >
|
|
 
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Richard Urban

Photoshop wants to initially set up it's temp folder on a second/third
drive - not partition, for maximum speed in working files. It does warn you
that setting up a temp folder on the main drive as not being the best way to
go. I have four drives.

My temp folders are set up on the primary and slave drive on the "secondary"
IDE controller. Photoshop is fast. But it could be that I am using 2 gig of
PC3200 DRY RAM also.

--


Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
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Richard Urban

That should be PC3200 DDR RAM - not "DRY" RAM.

--


Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
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Plato

W said:
Photoshop has difficulty performing tasks of a 40Mb file and always freezes.

I have 512Mb of RAM with a 80Gb hardrive with 49Gb free space. P4 processor 3Ghz. PC is
only one month old and worked great when I first got it.

Photoshop needs 1 gig of ram these days to work correctly.
 
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