I've got similar specs in my system and it ran both CS4 and CS5 like a dream... I'd guess you've got a hardware issue. Premiere shutting down consistently makes me think of a bad memory chip... What's your hard drive setup? XPS systems are laptops, correct? If so, you may be operating with everything on one 5400 RPM drive, which is way below system requirements...
Work through all of the steps (ideas) listed at http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with ALL OF THE DETAILS asked for in the FINALLY section, the questions at the end of the troubleshooting link... most especially the codec used... see Question 1
Read Harm on drive setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972?tstart=0
- click the embedded picture in Harm's message to enlarge to reading size
- you need AT LEAST 2 drives for video editing, 3 is better
- some HD formats work better with (require) RAID
Read Hunt on Partitions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708?tstart=0
A link with many ideas about computer setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/436215?tstart=0
David, thanks for writing. My Dell Studio XPS is a desktop box with Serial ATA II Raid 0 with dual 640gb hard drives, so with the Raid 0 setup saving data across the two drives, it should perform much faster than it is. Dell claims it's Adobe's problem (and CS5 "might" correct this) and Adobe won't provide an answer unless I pay $ 39.95 to talk with tech support - or upgrade to CS5 and hope that solves the problem.
Apart from your software setup and possible tuning, your drive configuration is below minimum requirements and CS5 will not solve the fact your system is underspecced.
Use this program http://www.piriform.com/speccy to post a screenshot of your system configuration.
I've already downloaded a trial CS5 but, as you know, it only lets me edit DV footage and won't let me test edit HD footage so I can't test this box under the same heavy video editing conditions I experience each day. I'm still looking for the answer.
MS Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz 52 °C
Bloomfield 45nm Technology
12.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20)
DELL Inc. 0X501H (CPU 1)
DELL 1908FP @ 1280x1024
DELL 1908FP @ 1280x1024
ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
1250GB ARRAY0 (RAID)
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653G
Realtek High Definition Audio
Specs shot posted, eager to know what you think.
>eager to know what you think
Did you click the link I provided to Harm's drive configuration advice?
A single drive, even raid, is not as good as 2 or 3 drives to share the load
My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to the computer I built... since the GTX 285 is no longer sold, I would now go with a GTX 470
For my home hobbyist, family movies (which means that I am not trying to recreate Star Wars with video effects or many layers) AVCHD editing is "as smooth as spreading warm butter on hot toast" (also the MP4 video from wife's Flip camera)
My 3 hard drives are configured as...
1 - 320G WD Win7 and all programs
2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and PPro projects
3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write
Have a look here: Adobe Forums: Guide for installing and tuning a Vista...
It says Vista, but also applies to Win7. I guess you have indexing and/or compression on, plus a multitude of background processes, let alone that you are effectively running a dangerous (aid0 because of the lacking redundancy) single disk configuration.
After you solve your disk problems of not having at least a seperate project disk. Did you bother to do any tuning? Get rid of all unecessary processes as Harm has recommended.
>Hard Drives - 1250GB ARRAY0 (RAID)
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for easy video editing
One hard drive is not as good as two which is not as good as three