Photoshop CS2 GENERAL Lag!

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

  1. lolrenee macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    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


    Jan 10, 2005
    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

    Oct 17, 2008
    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

    May 5, 2007
    Ugh, only photoshop exhibits this problem? All the other apps are chipper-fast?
  5. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    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).
  6. Claytoniss macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2007
    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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