Here are two liks that may be helpful. Adobe Premiere Pro Troubleshooting: http://premierepro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting -- I think this will give you lots of traction to start with. And Premiere Elements Tips & Tricks Program or System Crash - Finding Clues -- I realize the last link is for PPRO Elements but take a look at it.
>don't believe it is my hardware
Ah, but what IS your hardware?
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Its a Dell Optiplex 980
Windows 7 Pro, 64bit
Intel Core i3
3.07Ghz / 3.06Ghz
8 Gig Ram
2x ATI Radeon 3400 cards
If those 2 ATI cards are in "crossfire" mode you will have problems with PPro
How many hard drives and how much free space on each and what files are on which drive?
Also, an i3 is "weak" for editing anything other than Standard Definition video
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My two ATI cards are in crossfire mode.
Again, I can load clips in, edit them, runs smoothly...then when I save and re-open the project it crashes. Think this is caused by the crossfire?
Alright...I have some more info...I looked into the windows event viewer...
- Faulting application name: Adobe Premiere Pro.exe, version: 18.104.22.168,
- Faulting module name: Display.dll, version: 22.214.171.124,
- Exception code: 0xc0000005
- Fault offset: 0x000000000008a928
- Faulting process id: 0x1834
- Faulting application start time: 0x01ce7d7d18e2ce4d
- Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5\Adobe Premiere Pro.exe
- Faulting module path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5\Display.dll
Additionally there is the Hang Up and Close....
- The program Adobe Premiere Pro.exe version 126.96.36.199 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel.
- Process ID: 2598
- Termination Time: 31
- Application Path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5\Adobe Premiere Pro.exe
>Faulting application name: Adobe Premiere Pro.exe, version: 188.8.131.52
Is there some reason you are not up to date?
All Adobe updates start here and select product, read to see if you need to install updates in number order, or if the updates are cumulative for the individual product http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/
Updating didn't solve anything. Issues still continue. 5.5.2 now
Think this is caused by the crossfire?
I would undo that and maybe even pull the second card.