Try resetting your preferences as described in the FAQ.
You either have to physically delete (or rename) the preference files or, if using the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift method, be sure that you get a confirmation dialog.
This resets all settings in Photoshop to factory defaults. A complete uninstall/re-install will not affect the preferences and a corrupt file there may be causing the problem.
tried that -- didn't work.
Go to msconfig, startup and turn off anything running that you do not need to run in the background. Don't unckeck adobe service manager.
Download and run CCleaner to clean out garbage in your computer
Download this free spybot search and destroy to scan for nasty spyware that may be eating cpu cycles
, that didn't work either.
, that didn't work either -- I am a local admininstrator -- even tried loging out and in as Administrator and same thing happened there.
adobe service manager" under startup -- all i have is Adobe Speed Launcher and Adobe Acrobat Synchronizer
any other thoughts?
I am using PS CS4 and in the msconfig startup there is adobe service manager, that if unchecked, flexnet won't run nor wil CS4.
I no longer have PS CS3 installed so I can't remember if CS3 is suppose to have it listed in startup.
From reading what you posted you have PS CS3 bundled with other Adobe products (suite). Maybe someone in the suite forum or someone who has the suite reading this can look in msconfig to see what is there to drive Flexnet.
Mylenium, Looks like you were correct in a way -- what i did was went to the program files and set myself as owner of everything and gave my user specifically full controll. after doing that photoshop and the rest load up now.
note: before doing that i also uninstalled everything, deleted anything adobe related from the registry, and then reinstalled.