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After 1 GIG RAM upgrade, Photoshop CS2 runs extremely slow? Please Help!

Hey guys,

I Love to use photoshop almost on a daily basis.  I have a laptop that I got for xmas last year and its outstanding.  2800+, 512 shared ram, 80gig harddrive...

Anyways, Ive been using CS2 for a few months now and its been going great, no problems.  But today, I was thinking, I want more ram.  So i bought 1 gig of ram, same specs as my stock ram... bringing my total up to 1.2 gigs of ram.  

So, I start my laptop up, change the SHARED video ram in the BIOS to 128mb of video, and the rest is ram, something like 1.12 GIGS of ram.

Windows boots up (XP HOME all updated), and without running any programs, I open photoshop because I wanted to edit some pictures.

When its done loading, I realize that when I click on the menus, it takes a couple seconds to open, then a couple of seconds to move the cursor whever the mouse is, then a few more seconds to click on whatever I want to open.  It is sooo slow now, and I expected it to run sooo much faster.  

Also, the Memory settings are the same as they were before, 55% is for CS2, and Cache settings still set to 6.

Windows Paging file hasn't changed either.  

Does anyone know what could be wrong?  And how to fix it!  I would assume that its easy because all I did was a simple hardware upgrade....

Some one please help...!!!

Thanks guys!
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
go to the preferences and tweak the memory allocations to increase your performance.
Hi, JustPastFinish,

To expand on the answer (above), you might try this page:


It's a bit wordy but gives some good information and explains a lot.  The memory tweaking is on the 4th page (I think) but you might check all of the pages to set things most advantageously.

And you might give this page a look as well... a bit more image-oriented.  

Hope this helps (and explains better).


-> And you might give this page a look as well... a bit more image-oriented.  



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Well, some sort of explanation would be interesting to read.  Or does someone get to close a question after valid answers have been given with no explanation necessary?
JustPastFinishAuthor Commented:
Ok well then I will reply...

So sorry for the delay, but I figured out what was causing CS2 to slow down so much ...

Windowblinds 5 was skinning cs2 along with all of windows, which was causing only that app to hault so much....

THere ya guys go, I just disabled the skinning of photoshop, and its all gravy now!

Thanks anywho!
Works for me!  Glad you figured it out.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
ok. i'm good..  netminder you can close as self-solved.
Closed, 500 points refunded.
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