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Sorry man, I use the program daily and still get crashes like that once a week. Not sure there's a simple answer. Maybe re-install premiere and just finish the project without trying to spread everything over all your harddrives if you need to get the project done quick.
Also since you have a bunch of harddrives you should dedicate a single boot partition only for editing so you won't get viruses.
I can't even open the project, so there's no possible way for me to finish it...
Didn't save any older project files or try auto-save files? You could re-install CS4 and at least try. I feel your pain that happened to me when they released CS4.0.0
Now I make sure to a have plenty of older versions of project in case it goes bad on me. (Usually happens when Sequence setting are wrong or when the project is too big and complicated)
One of the problems that you are likely having is the partitioned physical HDD. You have three (or more) things fighting for read/write to the same platters with the same heads: OS, Page File, Premiere (which is also trying to access your media). First step to take would be to add more physical HDDs and loose any partition. Heads cannot be in two places at once. Set up C:\ as OS and programs with Page File there (though many even move that to a different physical HDD, or split it if it's static). D:\ is for media and E:\ for Projects, Scratch Disks, etc.. Some go so far as to have an F:\ for Renders, and Export.
HDDs are cheaper now, and easy to add. The biggest problem will be in getting your existing OS, programs, etc. to the new ones. I'd do a complete fresh install of the OS.
I don't understand what you mean by Page File. Can you explain?
I have plenty versions of my project saved. The problem is Adobe won't OPEN any project. None whatsoever. I did the re-install, too. I'm very disappointed right now.
The Page File is MS Windows' "virtual memory." It gets activity, when physical RAM is not available. Especially with video editing, this happens a lot. It can be set via Control>Panel>System. Windows can either dynamically create and size the file, as is necessary, or it can be set to provide the necessary size statically - always the same, and is *usually* set to ~ 2.5x the physical RAM.
With one physical HDD, that is partitioned, you have about 4-5 operations going on at the same time, and your I/O system is basically telling the heads of your HDD to be in different places/platters at this same time. Unfortunately, this is impossible, and one gets system hangs, sluggish performance, crashes or worse.
There are several good threads on suggested HDD setups for NLE work on this forum. I'd step back a level, so you get all Premiere forums, and search for some of these articles. There are a lot of worthwhile suggestions for number, type, connection and configuration of HDD's.
Okay after I reloaded my operating system (XP SP3) and CS4 Master class crashed 100 times I think I got somewhere. Who know maybe it will help someone.
1) Reload the operating system. XP Pro. Service Pack 3
2) MUST have the latest Graphics Card drivers. Mine is GEForce 7600.
3) Reloaded Adobe Cs4 Master Collection
4) Downloaded Premiere and Encore 4.01 patches from adobe site.
5) ** Your display setting MUST be 32bit color.
Right Click Desktop
Color Quality - Highest 32bit
and that last one stopped the crashes....so far ;)
why would you not have that at 32bit?
Thanks Lenny M!
That fixed my crash problem. Very much appreciated!!!