That's the service that activates CS4, if I remember correctly, and it needs to be running as far as I know. There was a Flexnet patch to solve some launch problems.
One of my older translation apps uses FlexNet as a license server. Can I use foul language on these forums? Probably not. It's pure, unadulterated garbage. Hate-worthy, in the most literaly sense. In the version Adobe used circa CS4, you're pretty locked out of the flexnet UI (if I recall correctly) so you can't tell it which hardware to authenticate against. Because, yeah, it queries your HD firmware or motherboard looking for a unique ID.
No idea why it'd interfere with printing, but it's capable of inflicting a very wide variety of, ah, effects on any system on which it is installed.
In a nutshell, I'm a printer.
Currently most instances of "Print" disable/lock up the program, all of which recover just fine, but can you imagine the frustration? (fwiw, I don't get frustrated; I have many tools available to me. In a pinch, I can drag files to a RIP)
Appliactions frequently locking or which hang excessivley include InDesign CS5.5, Acrobat 9 Pro, Outlook & Word.
I question the FLEXnet service only becuase I have a log (somewhere) with entries concurrent to the hangs.
I want to avoid mucking things up further. Perhaps I'll uninstall CS4 - I won't be able to downsave a CS5.5 all the way to CS2 anymore, no loss there
But there is the uncertainty if CS4 uninstall will remove all entries, and Acrobat 9 was probably part of the 4 Suite...
You two are savvy - Print locks up application - suggetions?
(Google searches for this aren't hitting a good revelance. 99% of results relate to specific apps and/or drivers)
I might reinstall the print divers.
I definitely would NOT uninstall CS4 unless you are preapred to reinstall CS5 forward. It will uninstall a lot of common files that have been updated by newer installs.
Changed my default printer to another on the LAN, no problems; tried the Fiery RIP Bizhub, crash...there's a lot of nuances to installing a RIP driven production press I wanted to avoid. oh well
Can't count how many times I suggested people should update their driver(s).
They frequently start a topic stating "all drivers are up-to-date" so I do not suggest such.
Just re-installed my driver, no update, just pointed Windows to it's location from last year still on my system.
Printing has gone from a crawl to lightning fast
well that's nice to hear...