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I doubt that is the problem because I'm using Premiere 4 on my laptop which is slower and which has around 50 programs running - and I don't seem to have the same problem.
The main issue seems to be when I try to move the workspace windows around. The whole thing locks up for 10 seconds or so and the mouse icon is stuck in the cross pattern you get when you're re-sizing the windows.
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I myself had that same problem. Same graphics card, too. Tried 3 different nVidia drivers, finally ending up with the latest, still no good.
There seems to be a fundamental clash between CS4 and nVidia graphics.
I downgraded to CS3 the other night and Premiere runs fine. I just can no longer work in AE with XDCam footage, so there's now an extra step as I have to render out all footage to uncompressed 1920x1080 to work on it in AE. At least Premiere works as it should now.
However, I may have to roll back the driver to the one from a year ago, as programs like Illustrator and InDesign won't update the client area of the screen and are completely unusable with the newest nVidia drivers.
It might not be the number of programs running, but may more likely be what is running that is interrupting CS4. Certain antivirus/antispyware type programs are known to cause problems.