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Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
 

CS2 9.0


Just curious. I just got Photoshop CS2 9.0 Has anyone else noticed any problems from going from 7 or 8 to 9? Well it still works good but its SOOOOOOOOOO slow. I clicked layer mask the other day and photoshop in it's entirety froze up for like 2 minutes then came back to life. It just seems so slow. I've checked my disk sectors, defragged both harddrives, set my scratch drives to a complete different harddrive. Set the allowed memory to 70% and it's still slow. I had to revert back to CS. Any other problems out there like this? Any ways to fix this. I'm also running 512MB of ram and my C:\ drive is about 90% empty. I got nothing. Anybody?


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10/25/2005 6:43:30 AM

 
Joanna Pecha
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/5/2003
  Photoshop CS2 needs a minimum of one gig of RAM. 2 is even better, but one in a minimum.


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10/25/2005 9:44:09 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I guess I'm in over my head. I guess I'll just stick with CS for now until I get some more ram.


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10/25/2005 9:50:38 AM

 
Mike E   The requirements of CS2 as stated by Adobe are for a minimum of "320 MB of RAM (384MB recommended)". True, the more RAM the better but one gig is NOT a minimum. I have CS2 and it runs faster, not slower than CS. I do have 1 gig of RAM, but I also have a total of some 300 Gig of hard drive space, another area of value when looking for memory, especially if you only have 512 MB. Just to set the record straight!


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10/25/2005 9:56:08 AM

 
Joanna Pecha
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/5/2003
  Although the stated minimum is less than a gig, it's widely published by many professional users that the minimum has been set at one gig by users. That's all. I have one gig and 400 gigs of hard drive space, it's still slow. That's with my Windows OS. On my Mac Powerbook, I have two gigs of RAM, it's faster.


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10/25/2005 10:13:11 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  How slow is yours running Joanna. Is it "picky" slow (still workable) or just downright slow. Mine's not slow as in I'm being picky because radial blur takes 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds (just an example) but mine's not even usable. It takes approx. 7-8 minutes to open (no exxageration) and forever to open a 9MB file and the I add a layer and click "add a new layer mask" button it everything including the menus and all the buttons go white for about 5-10 minutes. After that is slightly usable but not not good at all, waiting 1 or more minute for each action. even to hold the spacebar and scroll to a different section freezes up. I have like 200 or more gigs of harddrive and i'm probably only using 10-15 gigs. I have 512 ram with 70% dedicated. I'm not running a single program and my system tray is empty except the volume control. I've turned the real-time spyware, adware, and virus scan off. Recently did full system scans and got nothing. Defrag'd, fixed harddrive sectors and still have slow issues. My computer isn't that bad is it? I'm doing everything right, aren't I? I even went into the regedit and changed one of the values so that my page file would clear everytime the computer restarts. I'm just really baffled.

Mike how well does yours run?


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10/25/2005 10:42:31 AM

 
Mike E   Hi Justin

The slowest activity I have ever seen since May When CS2 first came out and I upgraded wasthings that would take 5-10 seconds at most. Even loading was faster than CS. Just to ask, how many plug-ins do you have loading? What is the processor you're using? There could be many reasons for slow response. However, if things are taking minutes, then you have more problems than CS2 probably caused. I use a 3gH Pentium 4 on windows XP and like I said, did noting special during the upgrade but never get response times like you are experiencing.

Just to soothe Joanna, I agree that most would recommend a gig of RAM, no disput at that, especially today with PC and RAM proces being what they are. Current software is always straining against current hardware. However, you should get better response with the published minimums than you sound like you're getting.

Have you check to see what else is running such as anti-virus software, and other background utilities that could be using some of your RAM? Have you tried playing with the percentage assigned to CS2? Seems a shame to pass up the advantages of CS2 over CS.


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10/25/2005 11:32:52 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I did I moved it up to 70%. CS2 is very nice, I love it. I only have buzz pro 3 loading with it. I realy don't know, i'll just have to play with it a lot tonight and try to figure it out. i'll clean my harddrive and take off even more programs that I don't need. thanks for the help.

justin


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10/25/2005 12:41:49 PM

 
Uyen  
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  To everyone: is the upgrade to CS2 from CS worth it? I use CS now and am perfectly happy with it. But I'm what advantages CS2 has to offer.


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10/25/2005 2:00:23 PM

 
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