I'm sorry, you're running Photoshop, Illustrator, Firefox Spotify AND After Effects at the same time with only 3 GB of RAM?
As the mechanic would say, "Well, there's your problem."
I mean, you might look into updating your graphics card driver, but even if that fixes it, you should seriously consider running fewer programs at once.
3 things wrong here:
- Too many apps, as Michael already mentioned
- Generally too little RAM
- Win XP on a Core7i? You can't be serious!
In so many words: You've built yourself an Edsel and while you may be able to salvage some of the situation by tweaking drivers and configurations, it doesn't change the fact that you seriously need to reconsider what you have there. Win 7 64bit + 6GB RAM can probably do more for you than spending days on trying to fix this in other ways.
Thanks for the replies!
I was so sure it wasn't because the amount of apps running in the background, since crashes and the "after-crash-problems" didn't happen all the time. The computer is my employer's, and I think it was built with 64 bit Windows 7 in mind. For a reason I don't know they decided to go with XP after all, which is kind of weird since there actually is 6 GB RAM inside, but XP can use only half of that amount. Now I guess I just have to start harassing my boss to buy me a 64 bit Win 7.
Todd, I have the latest update installed. Do you think the CC Particle World crash happens also because of low RAM and all this Edsel-thing (had to look that one up!)? I have used the effect many times before with the same computer with no problems at all.
Now I guess I just have to start harassing my boss to buy me a 64 bit Win 7.
You do that and he will hug you every day for doing 200% more productive. I'm sure they had reasons for downgrading to XP, it just doesn't make sense for CS4.
Windows 7 coming soon my way...
Today I've been shutting down all other Adobe programs and Cinema 4D every time I've used AE and haven't had any empty panels startup. Even though AE has crashed about a zillion times and even refuses to render out my comp. I shut down the layers with CC Particle World and the comp rendered out just fine. I also tried shutting down all the other programs, but Particle World still crashed AE. So I think it's not an issue with lack of RAM. I'm so lost right now, since I'm not getting Particular any time soon and I've been using Particle World pretty much in the past.