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CS5 - Strange problem, canvas is not visible?

Nov 6, 2010 3:39 AM



I have installed Adobe Photoshop CS5. When clicking File -> New and creating a document, or when importing other files/opening old PSDs there is no canvas showing up, just the grey background, I am able to draw on the invisible canvas as I can see it updating in the layers tab, however there is nothing on the screen. Usually I can find a solution to a problem like tihs on google but it doesn't appear to be common.


Does anybody have a solution to this?


System Specs:


  • Windows Vista x64
  • 12GB RAM
  • Intel i7 920
  • 2x GeForce 9800 GT


Happy to provide any other information necessary.



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    Nov 6, 2010 4:46 AM   in reply to Sp0nge0

    This sounds as if the image window is off-screen. Have you disconnected a second monitor, or changed desktop resolution, or tweaked some other display setting?

    Make sure you have installed the patch for CS5 from here:


    And update your video drivers from the card manufacturer's web site.

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    Nov 6, 2010 10:42 PM   in reply to Sp0nge0

    Sounds like you installed 64 bit version of CS5. I don't have a direct solution, but only a workaround, which helped in my case.

    (see thread below): Install 32 bit version of CS5 and hope with a later patch from Adobe the problem will disappear, however not very likely for Vista.

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    Nov 7, 2010 8:33 AM   in reply to bakka.waruta

    The 64 bit version of CS5 works just fine.


    If it is not working fine, then you have a video driver problem.  For your nVidia card, visit this site to check for updated drivers:




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    Nov 11, 2010 1:39 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Answer to Noel Carboni:

    Thanks for your suggestion. I installed the most recent driver, but it did not help.

    If I open a psd file the background is empty unless I set the zoom scale to 25%. For any other zoom ratio I get an iakiramemashitamage only as long as a move the file with mouse. If I stop and deppress the mouse button it disappears. Never seen such strange behavior. The 32 bit version works normally.

    akiramemashita (japanese)= I've given up.

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    Nov 11, 2010 3:14 AM   in reply to bakka.waruta

    Try disabling SLI. If that doesn't help then go to Edit->Preferences->Performance->Advanced Settings and try changing the Mode dropdown. If that doesn't work then you'll probably need to disable OpenGL Drawing from Edit->Preferences->Performance.

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