Photoshop CS2 GENERAL Lag!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by lolrenee, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. lolrenee macrumors newbie

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    I've been trying to find an answer to this problem for weeks, now, and I've only come across answers for brush lag.

    I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 running on my Macbook Pro. It used to work PERFECTLY, no lag, no bugs, nothing. Then all of a sudden, about a month or so ago, it started lagging awfully. When I crop, resize, paste, color, paint, type, select a layer, switch a color, ANYTHING, it completely freezes for about ten seconds, then resumes.

    It's driving me up the wall because I use Photoshop on a daily basis. I'm a student studying graphic design, so it's a BIT important that I have a nice, fast machine to run this program on. All of my others programs work fine and none of them are slow.

    Here are as many spec's as I can figure to give you. Sorry, I'm not totally savvy with Mac hardware.

    1st Gen. Macbook Pro, running Leopard 10.5.4.
    120 GB HD
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHzm 667 MHz
    Memory: 2 GB
    Graphics Card: GeForce 8600M GT

    I'm also using a Wacom tablet, but like I said, the lag isn't just with brushing or painting.

    I've got Bootcamp as well with Windows XP, but Photoshop started acting up well after I did all that.

    I'm wondering if maybe there's just a cache or something I need to clear out, but I'm completely dumb with Macs and don't really know where I would need to go to do that.

    I've tried to clear a few things out of Photoshop, like actions, loaded brushes, etc. I've even tried uninstalling a few "heavy" programs, thinking maybe it was a memory issue, but the problem persists. I've also tried messing with the memory usage, scratch disks, image cache, all that, and it's not changed a thing.

    Any help at all would be appreciated.
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

    eXan

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    CS2 is PPC-only so it runs under Rosetta emulation on your MBP. Get CS3 or CS4 for native speeds.
     
  3. lolrenee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got Photoshop CS3 running right now, I removed CS2 from my HD.

    I'm getting the same issue.

    I've looked into defragmenting my hard-drive, but I keep seeing posts of people saying that Mac hard-drives do not need to be defragmented by design.

    I'll give it a try once I find a good, FREE defrag application.
     
  4. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Ugh, only photoshop exhibits this problem? All the other apps are chipper-fast?
     
  5. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like I had the same problem as you a while back (though my MBP is an older version). The problem "went away by itself" for me after 2 months. I'm not sure what update(s) exactly it was that fixed it. However in the 2nd last post of my thread, someone suggested a fix that might work for you (i didn't actually do it myself since everything was working fine for me by the time that reply was made).

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=508231&highlight=horrible+lag
     
  6. Claytoniss macrumors regular

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    I wish I remember a post I read. It had a lot to do with your Wacom preferences. It's either adjusting the double click distance or tilt sensitivity. I can't remember what helped the user. You can try messing with those.
     

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