The Tryout Version parts sounds particularly ominous.
Just to rule out an improbable possibility: does it also happen when you run no other applications at all, including antivirus applications and other similarly inconspicuous applications?
Yes -- same behavior if I boot into Safe Mode, with nothing running. What I haven't done is run the clean script -- didn't know it existed. Will try that next.
Yep -- gone through them both. Will let you know if the clean script helps.
I also started having this problem yesterday too. I tried everything from deleting all my fonts except the standard ones, deleting preferences and re-installing but nothing seemed to work.
I fixed it though by doing the following:
1. Going here and downloading the "amtlib.dll.rar" file.
2. Extracting it to a folder on my HD.
3. Navigating to "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Support Files\Contents\Windows".
4. Copying (or cutting) and then pasting the "amtlib.dll" to the above folder overwriting the file that's there (you can back it up before hand if needed).
I could then startup Illustrator CS5 without any problems. So there seems to be a problem with the "amtlib.dll" file, I don't know whether certain fonts can corrupt it or not but this fixed it for me.
You did repair the permissions? Is that correct?
I can confirm the post about the .dll file replacement works.
I tried the .dll download (after applying the 15.0.2 patch) but when I tried to open Illustrator, it said that that .dll file was incompatible with Windows. So, I am still stuck at the same issue: Illustrator opens and then shuts itself down after only a few seconds. Any other suggestions? I have run CCLeaner and other registry tools to see if there is a problem but nothing seems to be working. AFAIK this is the only Adobe program in the CS5 group that is giving me a problem.
I too have had this issue, and the links to the DLL file do not work (broken links)...
Has anybody else had any luck??
At your own discretion go to The Pirate Bay and type Adobe CS5 patch and the 1st link has a patched amtdll file torrent for illustrator CS5 or type in Google "Illustrator cs5 amtlib.dll" and the 5th link will bring you to the link I mentioned before. I scanned it with AVG anti-virus and Malwarebytes Anti-malware and it was clean. It fixed my illustrator CS5 problem.
But like I said...use the torrent at your own discretion.