As long ago as I could remember I use to be able to run Firefox, Dreamweaver, MSN, Warcraft, Winamp and Photoshop CS3 all at the same time. Recently though I've only been able to run PS CS3 Only if I shut off every single program I have open, and inactive programs as well - such as winamp and msn even if they are off line and or not doing anything. Otherwise any attempt to open CS3 with anything else running causes it to beep several times before locking up and shutting itself down almost instantly. Otherwise it'll stay open, however I won't be able to open any projects (The box won't even appear) an attempt to create a new project will just show a window with empty white pull down bar's and zero text or buttons. Even with everything shut down this sometimes happens if I have more then a couple files open at any one time. God forbid I even push on the preference button - that just blows the software up.
I also sometimes experience this problem with Dreamweaver CS3 and After Effects CS3 - but less often.
Now, I do not have this problem with anything else. I've run several instances of Warcraft well browsing the net and chatting up on IRC and I've also ran Sony Vegas Pro at the same time. Seems the only programs that give me issues are Adobe. However once I did experience a slight issue with Sony where on one occasion it didn't want to continue and locked up.
So what the hell is wrong? Memory loss? Bad hard drives? CPU gone to hell? Faulty Install? outdated Drivers? Well I know Memory isn't an issue, there's 4gigs. CPU 'might' be possible, but it is only a year + old. It isn't the install, because this has happened on 2 different versions of Photoshop and several reinstalls. Drivers have all be updated as of a week ago... Hard drives aren't old either, possibly the C drive might be going bad since I use to store 'massive' amounts of Raw video footage on it and then delete it off later... but a defrag did nothing for this issue.
Sometimes before crashing or being 'stupid' the software will pop up a warning message that states something along the lines of "To many files open in workspace" or something stupid of these sorts even though nothing is open..
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.4Ghz 106Mhz FSB 4MB L2 Cache
4 Gigs of Memory G-skill I believe
1 - 140 Gig Raptor HD, 1 - 500 Gig WD, 1 - 240 Gig WD
ASUS P5B Deluxe MB
...anything else just ask.
Thanks to everyone that helps out. I'm near the end of my rope on this one.
P.S. If you're curious to why I would use all this software, have mega loads of raw video footage, and several WoW accounts running at one time... I make Machinima's for the WoW Community. Exciting.
Edited by fishspit, 10 March 2008 - 10:26 PM.