Thanks for you help.
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials
I have admin privileges
The overal stability of my desktop is good, all apps seem to be working correctly (except this Photoshop mystery)
Nvidia GPU, drivers 280.26
Windows 7, 64bit, English
Right now this Photoshop problem doesn't show up so I can't try it with antivirus tuned off...
Same problem here!!!
It seems to work for a bit after logging in to Windows, then… Cannot open or create files, etc.
Windows 7 64-bit, Photoshop CS5.1 (64-bit)
3 GB RAM, infinite amount of hard drive space
Vanilla installation, tried turning GPU and pretty much everything off, resetting preferences, etc. everything that hasn't worked for anyone else either in the other forum threads.
ESET antivirus (turning it off didn't help)
Everyone with this problem (who hasn't already posted the info): Please list specifically what video card and driver version you have. Also, please be specific about which version of Windows you're running.
I'm not sensing a pattern yet in what's been posted, other than CS5.1 being used, though there's missing info from a lot of folks.
This actually doesn't look like a video card issue. (opening a file, with OpenGL stuff off, has something to do with the video card???)
I have a GeForce 9400 GT (1 Gig Video RAM)
Driver date: 5/20/2011
Windows 7 Professional 64bit English, Service Pack 1
CPU: Quad core i7
Memory: 3 Gb RAM
Antivirus/FW: ESET Smart Security
I believe that Photoshop must be keeping some log file.
If I was a Photoshop programmer, I would write my code so that it would log all errors (especially if that error is ignored as in this case).
I would then request this file from us (users who experience this problem) so I would see whats happenning prior to the problem, or
what error is being ignored.
This is how we do it with our software - and there are very rare occasions when we can't fix a bug just by reading log file.
I also have had this problem for a while! And it's starting to get really annoying.
I work with photoshop on a daily basis and really starting to think if I should downgrade.
I never had this problem before my purchase of Photoshop CS 5.1.
It is really annoying that the technical team at Adobe is not taking this problem serious!
Check out this video I recorded it a few hours ago...
For the record, that IS what is happening (minus the flickering which seems to be due to the recording). I never get past creating a new file or opening a file, so I can't say the other problems are happening.
It looks like the common thread is Windows 7 64-bit (my about box says CS5 12.1) so far. I've never seen this in any other program.
Thanks for looking into this, it looks like it IS happening to many people.
I'm not literally "looking into it" as I'm not with Adobe nor can I reproduce the problem (and I am running Windows 7 x64 on several machines). I'm really trying to catalyze the conversation here to help lead to a discovery.
I think, since Adobe has said they've not been able to reproduce the problem, it falls on those seeing the problem to try to isolate it further.
If it were me, I'd download and run the freeware tool Autoruns, then disable the software that's starting that you don't know you need. Perhaps you'll discover what it is that's getting in the way of normal Photoshop operation, and can share that information here for others to use. I actually use this tool myself regularly to keep my system clean and lean.
I was having the same exact problem.
I'm no expert on this but i think the problem is that the openGL in photoshop CS5 does not support my graphic card (NVIDIA quadro 1000M). I just turned off the openGL and now my files open and i can create new files.
Edit > Preferences > Performance
In GPU Settings uncheck "Enable OpenGL Drawing
Like I said I'm no expert and i'm not even sure this is the best way to fix the problem. Someone please let me know if this is going to seriously compromise the performance of the program or if there is a reason that the openGL should be enabled.
Okay, i think i figured out the root to my problem. But it might help you out too.
My problem was the external display that i had connected to my laptop. When the display is not connect I don't have the openGL issues with photoshop. When the display is connected I have to disable the openGL feature to be able to open and create files in photoshop. Must have something to do the the display. So i figured out how to fix the problem, but don't know how to explain the issue or the solution. If anyone wants to take a stab at it, please do so.
If the video card driver says it does not support the necessary features, or returns an error, then Photoshop disables OpenGL drawing. If the card or driver are known to not support the features, or to be too buggy to use, then Photoshop disables OpenGL drawing. But if the driver says it is working and returns no errors -- then Photoshop will continue to use that driver. But Photoshop has no way of knowing if the driver is doing the correct things or not.
In your case the driver says it was working, but it wasn't drawing the images.
So what you are describing is, once again, a bug in your video card driver.
See the manual for information about the features that use OpenGL (3D, canvas rotation, color picker HUD, etc.).