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Photoshop performing poorly. Help?

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by threeputt, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    Ok, only recently have I been having super slow performance doing tasks in Photoshop.

    Here's a message I sometimes (but now always) get.

    "You currently have Photoshop's primary scratch and Windows primary paging file on the same volume, which can result in reduced performance."


    Does anyone know how to remedy this? I would probably need a walk-through if you're going to use really technical jargon.

    I have Photoshop 7.0 (I know, I know).
     
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  2. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    I use Photoshop 7 on one of my machines too... do you have an external hard drive? if you do, you can set it up to be a secondary scratch disk for photoshop and it will help if you are running low on system resources...
     
  3. mikey-Oh

    mikey-Oh Very Active Member

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    just go to edit>preferences then performance. photoshop's greedy and by default will use 50-60% of memory available. with older systems i used to drop it to 25-33% typically both machine and software work better
     
  4. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    Wouldn't dropping it's available memory make it run even slower?
     
  5. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    And what about that "primary paging file on the same volume" business"?
     
  6. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    That's why I told you to assign a second scratch disk... it WILL help your performance... can't tell you how exactly cuz' I'm at work, but try it...
     
  7. mikey-Oh

    mikey-Oh Very Active Member

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    not really, ps is allocating half of the available system memory, even if it's not using it. stacy's solution is ideal, if the resources are available. when i used ps7 in college, system resources were nowhere near modern capabilities, that's how i worked around/within the limitations.
     
  8. noregrets

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    Ideally you will want a second 'internal' hdd which you will need to setup as your scratch disk. How much memory do you have? how many hard drives?
     
  9. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    My system has 2.0 Gig of Ram.

    As far as internal HD's go, I have the main drive and a scratch drive, E.

    There's also a server which is a mirrored-array affair that can hold 500 Gig, I believe. But that is of no use other than for storage. Or so I've been told.

    Should my preferences be set so that C is my first scratch, and then E as my second scratch?

    Royster, I'm afraid tech notes (I did read through all of it) always kind of assume a certain level of proficiency with computers. I'm afraid I don't have that.
     
  10. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    I think you should put primary scratch on the one that windows ISN'T using for it's page file (C I believe) so, primary E secondary C
     
  11. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    Thanks, Jhill. Just did that. Now to re-start photoshop.
     
  12. noregrets

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    What JHill said...
     
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