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Flexi runs choppy? crashes

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by SignProPlus-Chip, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. SignProPlus-Chip

    SignProPlus-Chip Premium Subscriber

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    Both Illustrator and Photoshop run smooth as silk on my system. But Flexi is just, well choppy. Dragging item across the workspace is a nightmare. Sometimes they vanish while dragging them, so you cannot see where your placing them.

    I figure I may have a bottleneck somewhere on my system...can't image how, since I run Adobe CS5 suite all day long without a hiccup.

    4 gigs of ram
    gigs and gigs of free disk space
    Pentium 4 3000MHz
    ATI Radeon 9550 256mb

    Speaking of ATI, I also get the infamous ATI ati2dvag.dll infinite loop bluescreen of death. I have NEVER had a BOD on this system until running Flexi. BOD twice in the last month, but Flexi also crashes just about every day.

    Any ideas? Any tweaks withing Flexi itself I should be aware of?
     
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  2. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    you might have a ton of stuff saved in production manager. Stuff like Cut files, and large print files. Try deleting those.
     
  3. SignProPlus-Chip

    SignProPlus-Chip Premium Subscriber

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    Nope, not a thing in there.

    Would production manager matter even when it's not running anyway?

     
  4. skyhigh

    skyhigh Major Contributor

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    when I read the title about "choppy", I thought maybe you had "snap to grid" selected?
     
  5. SignProPlus-Chip

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    Nope, no snap grid at all
     
  6. signpost-boston

    signpost-boston Making America great, one sign at a time.

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    how many fonts are loaded in the program?
     
  7. SignProPlus-Chip

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    About 800

     
  8. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Windows version?
     
  9. MakeMyGraphic

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    I notice this on my system sometimes too, but it only happens when I either have too many large images with various effects added to them or I am using the color white and drag that across areas (that item vanishes) is it anything like that?
     
  10. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    I dunno. In my opinion it's probably just the computer showing its age considering the Pentium 4 processor was introduced in November 2000. By computer standards that is an antique relic. It could just be coincidence that the machine is starting to really show it's age as some of the components on the motherboard and whatnot have to be getting pretty old. Different applications use different segmements of memory in different ways. Often times just because one application might cause a system to run ba might not actually be a fault of that application. It could just be that application uses some specific bit of memory (not just system ram but cache, video ram, etc) that no other application happens to ever address and possibly uncovered a problem.

    Regardless of the age of the machine though Flexi 8 and above as well as CS5 and above are really pushing a Pentium 4 class machine to it's limits. Again just my opinion though and I'll probably get flamed for it in some way.
     
  11. Steve G.

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  12. SignProPlus-Chip

    SignProPlus-Chip Premium Subscriber

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    Hey!, whaddya know, it worked.

    Much better with the smoothing off.

    Thanks.

     
  13. signpost-boston

    signpost-boston Making America great, one sign at a time.

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    800? that is a lot. Flexi does not like fonts over 500. i have a mac version. i have to keep it regulated. otherwise i get crashes and BUS errors.
     
  14. Richard G

    Richard G Member

    The Number of Font's loaded i don't believe matters. A lot of that I found has to do with a good font manger as well as a system that is up to the task. I am running a i7 Intel CPU 920 @ 2.67 GHz. 64 bit with 12 mgs of ram. I do beleive that if you have the muscle in the computer your Flexi will handle it. I am Running Flexi-Pro 8.6 with over 2000 fonts loaded and not problems at all. I have been using Flexi since version 3.
     
  15. thewood

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    Ahh, you beat me to it, Steve G. I had the same issue when we upgraded to v8.
     
  16. SignBurst PCs

    SignBurst PCs Very Active Member

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    Flexi just might not work well with that particular video card or driver version. Both the choppiness and BSOD with with the ati2dvag.dll as a culprit are evidence of that. This is not a rock solid diagnosis, but a quick thought. I have never been a fan of ATI chipsets with graphic software. I am sure that most of the time they are fine, but I have had enough trouble with them to swear them off for the time being.
     
  17. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    That would be a mac only thing.
     
  18. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    when you are running flexi.........CLOSE ALL OTHER PROGRAMS that would be running in the background. this might help the crashing.
     
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