As the heading says, my installation of Dreamweaver 5.5 has started to use 50% of the CPU time when any file is opened and effectively becomes unusable. I'm running Windows XP with SP3, Core2 CPU and 2GB RAM. The program is also using quite a lot of memory (120,000K+). I'm not having any problems with the other CS5.5 programs I use including Photoshop and Illustrator.
I use DW only occasionally and have run it on this computer for over a year without any problems.
I know that problems similar to this have been widely reported, so I have searched for a tried a wide range of fixes from Adobe and other sources, none of which have worked (for long). These include:
Replicate problem with Dreamweaver templates rather than my own files.
All the steps in http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405604.html including
Deleted cache file, WinFileCache-********.dat
Delete/restore preferences folder.
Disabled "Display External Files" in View menu.
Disabled "Enable Related Files" in Preferences.
Followed http://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/kb/hang-opening-document-dreamweave r-cs5.html, adding registry entry ResolveRemoteURLToIPAddress FALSE
Remove and reinstall Dreamweaver.
Remove and reinstall all of CS5.5 and apply updates.
Move and test 'site' on another computer running the same version of DW (under Windows 7).
A few of these, notably disabled "Enable Related Files" worked initially but the problem returned when DW was closed and reopened, even though the item remained disabled.
The problem does not appear running in safe mode, which may be diagnostic of something but is not a fix.
The dream is turning into a nightmare. I'm back to editing html using Notepad++! I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
Disabling 'Enable Related Files' is a known fix from CS5 onwards. And ideally should remain intact even after DW is restarted.
I'll see if I can ask a DW team-member to intervene here to help you.
Hi Andrew, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8 (to see what is possible on your computer!)
Instead of spoiling your time to get it work on a outdated OS it's maybe a better idea to change it to a up to date OS.
Most duo cores are even 64bits! 2 GB ram is not a lot. To upgrade your computer cost peanuts compare to the trouble you
will keep on experiencing with a system like your's.
Thanks to Sudarshan and Preran for your speedy replies and promise of further help. In the meantime, I have tried to track down the cause of the problem.
Having found that DW ran is safe mode, I decided to check out the state of my Windows installation. A registry cleaner found an entry to a non-existant path:
Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Dreamweaver CS5.5\FloaterStates\FlashFloaters, FloaterPath3 has the value "C:\Documents and Settings\AndrÃ©\Application Data\Adobe\CS5.5ServiceManager\extensions\ConnectionsHomeOMBackend\2. 5.1.20110506_v2_5_1_120\ConnectionsHomeOMBackend-2.5.swf"
The directory AndrÃ© should be André, so possibly DW could be having trouble locating a file. Changing the registry entry made no difference as DW seems to reset it.
What is a 'floater' (apart from a floating div)? I did some research and came up with http://forums.adobe.com/message/2312502 which suggested using Window->Workspace Layout->Reset 'Designer' to fix the problem "Unable to find file SME.htm in the Configuration/Floaters directory." The moment I did this, CPU usage dropped to negligible and things worked until I quit and restarted DW. Whether this is related to the registry entry is not clear, but it seems to work.
So I have a work-around and some idea of where the problem may lie but a real solution would be appreciated! Hopefully, one that doesn't involve changing the user name or using Windows 8!