Thanks to you and Hunt for your postings of a couple of days ago. I got tired of having an underpowered laptop, so I've purchased new hardware. I now have the following:
Gateway desktop with:
Intel i7 processor 950
8MB Level 2 Cache
9GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM
1TB SATA hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
1GB video memory
High def audio chipset
Using Premier CS4
No current problems with any "proheadless.exe" issues. The problem I'm currently having is that at first the video I digitized a couple of days ago played only as audio on the preview monitor, though I could see it on the timeline once I made an edit and dragged that portion onto the timeline. I could see the edited video also on the program monitor. Finally, after about 15 minutes, the video appeared in the preview monitor as well, so I could play the video with its associated audio. Last night everything was working fine, without this wait time for it to appear in the monitors.
I have about 8GB of .avi video media on the internal hard drive that I am using for this project. This media was shot 24fps on a Panasonic DVX 100 camera, but it digitized as 29.9 in CS4. I am told that the video does a conversion to 29.9fps in the camera as it is being shot, so that's why it digitized at 29.9 in premier. (sorry-don't know the codec). Don't know if this has anything to do with the delay in it showing up on the monitor screens in CS4.
Any idea what caused this delay?
First to your hardware setup. Why 9 GB and not 12? Then the most lacking part: Your disk.
The singular case is bad. For editing you need at least 3 physical internal disks. You have a great CPU, it could be a great system, but your disk setup is by far the weakest link.
When importing footage into your project you need to wait for the indexing and conforming to have completely finished before you start editing. On a single disk system that will take quite some time.
Have a look here for some suggestions: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
The delay sounds like something that might happen using MPEG media. This is not the case with DV, and there should be no delay. I can't think of any reason for that to happen.