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goog
2/26/2005 2:01:50 PM


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Photoshop gone awry...

Alright, so here I am, chopping, I click on blending options, and bam! Photoshop goes into a sort of "freeze" mode and my cursor changes into the drag tool (hand). Anybody know what happened?

little pic, as you can see I cant do anything at all...



[Edited by goog on 2/26/2005 2:06:49 PM]
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MaestroCalhoun
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2/26/2005 5:07:54 PM


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Check and see if your scratch disk is full. Typically you can solve this with a reboot.

Also, photoshop is a resource hog. Check your computer's process list and see what all is going on. I'd probably also run a spyware/adware scan and see what it turns up.

There's really a number of reasons this could be happening, but this is a start.
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V1nc3nt
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2/26/2005 6:24:04 PM


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Yeah Scratch disk is very probable. Have you set it to be on your C disk as well? Because that's not a good idea. If you have two hard disks in your computer put the scratch disk on the other.
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goog
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2/26/2005 6:57:59 PM


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*me scratches head and wonders where to find scratch disk*

looked all over my hard drive for it...
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Indigodingo
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2/26/2005 7:02:30 PM


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Goog you either need a totally seperate hard drive (other than disk C) or you need to make a partition on your C drive and use that as the scratch disk.
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goog
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2/26/2005 7:10:52 PM


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dang, little more detail, I'm not the hardware type of guy .
Are you saying to create a new folder for the scratch disk? or something else...
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2/26/2005 7:14:38 PM


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On 2/26/2005 6:57:59 PM, goog said:
*me scratches head and wonders where to find scratch disk*

looked all over my hard drive for it...



The Scratch Disk is like the Page File from Windows.

You can set your scratch disk in your PS preferences.

Edit]Preferences]plugins & Scratch disks
There you can choose where you want it to be.

Setting it on your C disk (what is set as default) is not a good idea. As I said, preferable on a different HD, but if you have just one disk, put it on a seperate partition. Also the second, third and fourth are to be set to diiferent partitions or disks. Setting it to C would be your last option if you run out of partitions.

I have made a special partition on a different HD for the scratch disk (2 gig's), but that one fills up in no time when I'm working on large files.
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goog
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2/26/2005 7:16:21 PM


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kk, thanks, I'll try it out...and this is the first time in my short life that i've had to do stuff like this, so just a tad bit help on partititions . I'm a newb at this stuff .

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 7:18:27 PM]
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2/26/2005 7:23:23 PM


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On 2/26/2005 7:16:21 PM, goog said:
kk, thanks, I'll try it out...and this is the first time in my short life that i've had to do stuff like this, so just a tad bit help on partititions . I'm a newb at this stuff .

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 7:18:27 PM]



Do you have just one partition on your HD?
Please give some info on your hard disk situation

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 7:24:44 PM]
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goog
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2/26/2005 7:31:41 PM


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all I know is taht there is a startup thing, and drive C for the places I can put scratch disks...
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2/26/2005 7:50:41 PM


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On 2/26/2005 7:31:41 PM, goog said:
all I know is taht there is a startup thing, and drive C for the places I can put scratch disks...



So if you click on 'My (or this) Computer' under 'Start' You just see C? That would mean you have just one HD and just one partition.

The problem is that PS needs this scratch disk (SD) to write down all the 'History Slates' so you can go back in time. Every change you make, PS puts a version of the one before you changed something, on the scratch disk. If your 'History Slates' is set to 99, PS is eating a lot of space. That is no problem when you have it, tho. But having the SD on the same HD means it will slow down the working process of your computer, cos it has to do everything on the same disk, writing reading and keeping PS running.
A seperate partition on the same HD doesn't really help, but it doesn't mess up your C partition. A second disk would help a lot.

Taking down your number of History Slates (In the General Preferences) will help a lot to make PS run faster, but the downside is ofcourse that you have less History slates.
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2/26/2005 7:50:42 PM


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you probably have only one partition on your HD if Windows was installed as the default installation (by default windows will only install 1 partition which uses all of your C drive.) There are programs like Partition Magic that work really well which allows you a way to create a new partition without reformatting your computers hard drive. I've used it once long ago and it worked perfectly without any loss of information or files (which can happen so back up your HD before you attempt this)
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goog
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2/26/2005 7:55:22 PM


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Ill see if clearing my history slates will get rid of my blending options problem...Thanks for all the help!
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2/26/2005 8:00:35 PM


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A second partition does help V1nc3nt

I've had similar problems as Goog before my last re-installation of windows and this last time I created a seperate partition of 8GB (I was going to install Linux for a dual boot OS) and now I use that for my primary scratch disc...the results are much better than before. (I've tested this with known PSD files that would freeze the computer when I tried to run a filter or something) Also adding more memory will help too. I recently doubled mine from 512MB and the performance difference is obvious...sigh* I still get temporary freezes as I just seem to now work with much larger images at higher resolutions but those freezes are very rare and only last a min. or so.
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goog
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2/26/2005 8:04:30 PM


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Is there any way to add partitions without having to use software or downloads?
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2/26/2005 8:07:18 PM


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On 2/26/2005 8:04:30 PM, goog said:
Is there any way to add partitions without having to use software or downloads?



Yes, reinstall windows and do an advance installation but back up your computer and files first...it'll be a fresh install

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 8:08:06 PM]
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2/26/2005 8:23:25 PM


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On 2/26/2005 8:00:35 PM, Indigodingo said:
A second partition does help V1nc3nt



Yes, like I said, it helps because it doesn't mess up your C disk, so PS will run smoother. But as far as writing and reading to and from it, it doesn't help, because it's the same HD.

And Maybe it's a bit psychological too. Like the feeling your car drives better when you just filled up your tank.
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goog
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2/26/2005 8:25:17 PM


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On 2/26/2005 8:07:18 PM, Indigodingo said:

On 2/26/2005 8:04:30 PM, goog said:
Is there any way to add partitions without having to use software or downloads?



Yes, reinstall windows and do an advance installation but back up your computer and files first...it'll be a fresh install

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 8:08:06 PM]



Crap...maybe software and downloads are better ...
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goog
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2/26/2005 8:35:32 PM


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Ok, taking down the # of history slates did absolutely nothing. Is re-installing windows my last option?...
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V1nc3nt
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2/26/2005 8:37:41 PM


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On 2/26/2005 8:25:17 PM, goog said:

On 2/26/2005 8:07:18 PM, Indigodingo said:

On 2/26/2005 8:04:30 PM, goog said:
Is there any way to add partitions without having to use software or downloads?



Yes, reinstall windows and do an advance installation but back up your computer and files first...it'll be a fresh install

[Edited by User on 2/26/2005 8:08:06 PM]



Crap...maybe software and downloads are better ...



Partition Magic is a great program. Easy to use too.
You can buy it or find it on many Warez sites....
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2/26/2005 8:39:20 PM


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On 2/26/2005 8:35:32 PM, goog said:
Ok, taking down the # of history slates did absolutely nothing. Is re-installing windows my last option?...



No, depending on how you feel about file sharing...you should be able to find partition magic somewhere
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