>virtualdub set up for processing files before I import
Processing into what?
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below
For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information... and your project setting, and if there is a red line
above the video in the timeline, which indicates a mismatch between video and project
Well, I've installed that (virtualdub, with a DV codec for export) so that when I can get Premiere working as it should - hopefully the files/video will be unproblematic.
The first time I installed premiere I had the same problems with crashing, but if I ignored them sometimes buy cancelling the solution check windows was doing, or just restarting sometimes I could eventually arrive at the project screen.
However, the previews of videos I tried to import had sound but no picture when played. I looked at these problems, which other people were having and thought it best to convert them from avi, mpeg, flv etc. before importing.
So far I haven't tried importing any of these yet since I tried reinstalling premiere, because the problem with the project/editor loading still continues - I've only given a name to a project and from there haven't been able to get any further.
I would have thought if it 'stops working' before I try to import any video there must be a problem with premiere, or my system and premiere at least, which needs resolving?
Can you please specify accurately where PrE crashes and the message for Check Solutions comes, after the project is created or before it,
and also please update your drivers once.
If you are still not able to launch projects and PrE is still crashing, i would suggest you read the following article by Bill Hunt:
It has a lot of useful information and there is a good chance that your problem will be solved.