After many, many months of being a reliable companion, one of our Illustrator CS5 installations has suddenly started closing itself immediately after opening. We've deleted preferences, uninstalled and reinstalled the software, deleted all but the system fonts, created a new user -- all to no avail.
At this point, we know the following:
The weirdness is happening on a Dell XPS 420 quad core, running Windows 7 64-bit. Everything else on the box is stable and reliable, and has been so for some time. The video card is an older nVidia, with the latest version of driver software.
Since this PC is our heavy production box, we're crippled without the software. We've run through just about everything in the knowledgebase and forums, so any fresh insights into what's going on are extremely welcome.
The Tryout Version parts sounds particularly ominous.
Just to rule out an improbable possibility: does it also happen when you run no other applications at all, including antivirus applications and other similarly inconspicuous applications?
I also started having this problem yesterday too. I tried everything from deleting all my fonts except the standard ones, deleting preferences and re-installing but nothing seemed to work.
I fixed it though by doing the following:
1. Going here and downloading the "amtlib.dll.rar" file.
2. Extracting it to a folder on my HD.
3. Navigating to "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Support Files\Contents\Windows".
4. Copying (or cutting) and then pasting the "amtlib.dll" to the above folder overwriting the file that's there (you can back it up before hand if needed).
I could then startup Illustrator CS5 without any problems. So there seems to be a problem with the "amtlib.dll" file, I don't know whether certain fonts can corrupt it or not but this fixed it for me.
I tried the .dll download (after applying the 15.0.2 patch) but when I tried to open Illustrator, it said that that .dll file was incompatible with Windows. So, I am still stuck at the same issue: Illustrator opens and then shuts itself down after only a few seconds. Any other suggestions? I have run CCLeaner and other registry tools to see if there is a problem but nothing seems to be working. AFAIK this is the only Adobe program in the CS5 group that is giving me a problem.
At your own discretion go to The Pirate Bay and type Adobe CS5 patch and the 1st link has a patched amtdll file torrent for illustrator CS5 or type in Google "Illustrator cs5 amtlib.dll" and the 5th link will bring you to the link I mentioned before. I scanned it with AVG anti-virus and Malwarebytes Anti-malware and it was clean. It fixed my illustrator CS5 problem.
But like I said...use the torrent at your own discretion.