Question: I have tried all the Adobe recommended fixes due to my NVidia graphics card but my project still regularly crashes and now as soon as it starts loading the elements, it crashes with no error message.
System: Windows 7 Professional (x64) (build 7600)
2.80 gighertz Intel Core i7 860
Multi-core (4 total)
Hyper-threaded (8 total)
32 kb primary memory cache
8192 kb secondary memory cache
999.99 Gig Usable Hard Drive
748.24 Gig free space
Main circuit Board Gigabyte Technology P55M-UD2
Bus Clock: 133 MH
Bios: Award Software International F11 06/23/2010
4 Gig Memory; 2 Gig each in Slot A0 and A2
Single ATA Hard Drive WDC WEd002FAEX-00Z3A0
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS Display Adapter with newest 64 bit driver 266.58
Assets: About 300 still images imported from an album in Photoshop elements shot with a Cannon Power Shot a570 IS
Stills are at 3072 x 2304 or vice version, RGB, 180 resolution
27 short video clips from a Kodak Zi6 converted to avi files by AVS Video Converter
Project: I believe the presets are for NTSC DV although I can't get in to check; they've been this way because I usually shoot video with my Sony VX 2100.
Workflow: I imported the stills in chronological order preceding the first video. Then more stills in chronological order before the next relevant video. I am using the timeline. After each import I save, add transitions (mostly the cross dissolve), save, and render. Sometimes after saving rendered files, the system crashes and when I get back in the files haven't been rendered.
Some vertical stills it accepts just fine. For some others, I have to rotate them.
What I have done: I read all the suggestions from Adobe and the forums for dealing with the NVIDIA card. This is what I have done in the approximate order I have done it:
1. Installed the 8.0.1 update
2. Updted the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS driver to the newest 64 bit driver 266.58. I tried to do this update a couple of times. The sytem kept telling me the 260 driver was current but the NVIDIA website said to use the 266.58. I finally got it installed but a little later in the process.
3. I could not disable the Hardware Acceleration as the NVIDIA card would not let me...the option was grayed out.
4. I set both the global and the Premiere Elements threaded optimination to off.
5. I turned off "Enable GPU playback" at one time when I could still get into the program.
6. I recreated the adobe premiere elments plugincache.
7. I uninstalled the Nvidia 3D Stereo driver...it was called Stereo not steroscopic. In the NVIDIA control panel I did not install the Stereoscopic functions.
8. I was still crashing frequently. I was getting the low memory message, so I searched the forums and found directions to change the size of the paging file by clicking Start/accessories/run as administrator/enter at the command prompt BCDEDIT/SET INCREASEUSERVA ####. I started with 3072 then gradually increased as it wasn't helping up to 8000.
9. I think I finally upgraded the driver to the 266.58 at this point.
10. This morning I found directions on how to check the size of the paging file by accessing the control panel. It showed my paging file was only 4096 (I guess the former advice didn't work) and it changed it to a virtual memory minimum of 8000 and a maximum of 10000.
Now I can't get into the program at all. It says it has loaded 100%, then there is a 100 second pause. It starts loading the media and crashes.
I love Adobe products and was a former Adobe Premiere 6.5 user. Premiere Elements as described is perfect for me as a video hobbyist. Please help! I would welcome any more suggestions that I can try. Do you think I should just find a replacement for the NVidia board? If so, what would you recommend. I tend to do long projects. I just can't live with all these crashes.