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CS6 Very Slow Startup?

Jul 2, 2012 10:04 AM

Hello Folks,


I've just applied the latest update, but am experiencing very slow image loading times between LR 4.1 and CS6 Extended edition.

I am using an iMac 27 2.8Ghz with 8Gig of System Ram, over 300Gig of HDD free space.


Upon selecting edit-in CS6 with an image in LR 4.1, CS6 starts up with a long splash screen, loads, then I get a spinning grey circle, then CS6 loads on the desktop, then I get a colored spinning circle, before my image finally appears.


I have performance set to an external scratch disk witih 624G of free space, 5644 MB of memory usage at 74%, HS at 30 CL at 7 CTS at 1028K


I have CS5 still installed and it's load times are about twice as fast as CS 6


Any help or suggestions on how I might resolve this issue would be greatly appreciated.





  • Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 2, 2012 10:15 AM   in reply to jasdelta

    Is Photoshop slow to launch (should take about 7 seconds cold launch on that system, 4 for a warm launch), or slow to open files?

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    Jul 2, 2012 11:08 AM   in reply to jasdelta

    OK, so it's just slow loading the file.


    Try changing the scratch disk -- yes, the external will be slower.


    But I'm not sure why you're getting the spinning color circle - that means that the application is blocked and not processing events (which Photoshop should be doing even with a slow disk).


    Are files that slow to load if you open a PSD from Photoshop?  Or is this just with certain file types from Lightroom?  (could this be ACR related)

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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jul 2, 2012 11:51 AM   in reply to jasdelta

    Keep in mind that external disks sometimes spin down, and thus the startup time could have been greatly extended by using such a disk in that condition, as it would have to be given time to spin up.  It could be that it's an acceptable disk for the task otherwise.


    Just thought I'd mention that.



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