The latest on the AMD Radeon driver bug:
You've got AMD Radeon driver version 17.4.4, which according to Adobe has a bug that crashes LR. See this bug report in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Crashing with GPU acceleration on (AMD Radeon driver 17.4.4) | Photoshop Family Customer Community . As described in that topic, you have several workarounds:
- Disable the graphics processor via Preferences > Performance > Use Graphics Processor. The GPU doesn't help LR much unless you're on a 4K or 5K display, which you're not.
- Fiddle with the AMD Settings utility, as described in the bug report.
- Roll back the AMD driver to 17.4.3, also described in the report.
If you add your me-too vote and follow that topic, you'll be notified when the status changes. A senior Adobe engineer has said that the next release of the AMD driver should have a fix (no word on when that might be): Lightroom: Crashing with GPU acceleration on (AMD Radeon driver 17.4.4) | Photoshop Family Customer Community
But John, at the link I gave, the advice given was to update the driver to 17.5.2 and the problem went away (this was over one month ago)
The bug report topic (17 me-toos) has reports that AMD versions later than 17.4.4 don't fix the crashes. The only report I've seen about a later version eliminating the crashes is the forum thread you linked to. If updating to a later version helped most people, I'd expect to see more reports about it in the bug-report topic. So I think Adobe employee Simon Chen's information is likely accurate: AMD will be including (another?) fix in an upcoming release.
...and having two Adobe forums sure is a pain.
Coming back to confirm that further driver udpates (17.5) did NOT solve crashing. I've kept that driver in place and disabled the Graphics Processing, which seems to have helped thus far.
Thanks for the quick and accurate response. Appreciate it.
Just want to note that all of this was fine BEFORE the Creators Update.