Not enough RAM to run Photoshop

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tom hardwick
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My pretty ancient but trusty DVC PC runs Windows XP, Premiere 6.5 and Photoshop 7.  Great machine - and I often turn to it for quick jobs.  But suddenly Photoshop won't open (cannot initialise) and I'm told there isn't enough RAM.  There has been for 10 years and all other programs (including PaintShop Pro) run smoothly, so what can be done?

I've done the usual things - used Disc Cleanup and defragged, but to no avail.

tom.

RayL
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Re: Not enough RAM to run Photoshop

Tom.
In addition to physical RAM, Windows sets up Virtual Memory on part of the C: drive. This gives Windows a 'paging file' that it can draw on if necessary. Slower than RAM but better than nothing. It may be that  your paging file has reduced for some reason. 

Got to Control Panel / System/ Advanced/ Performance/ Advanced to find Virtual Memory and see what value it is. On the XP machine that I am using for this reply it is 2046 out of a max 4092. This machine runs Photoshop (a slightly earlier version) quite happily. While you're there go to the 'Visual effects' tab and turn them all off - they only slow things down.

Looking up 'Virtual Memory' in Help will give more info.

Ray

Mark M
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Re: Not enough RAM to run Photoshop

Could be that the Photoshop preferences are corrupted.

Try resetting the preferences.

Instructions here:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/375776

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tom hardwick
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Re: Not enough RAM to run Photoshop

Thank you so much guys - Photoshop is now up and running again.  Ray - my figures to match yours are:
C drive 11,680 mb free
768 out of 1536 (shows its age I suppose)
and all visual effects were turned off anyway. Adjusted for 'best performance'.

I deleted the Adobe Photoshopprefs.psp file that 'search' found for me and all was well.
Wonder what will happen next time I boot up?

tom.

Mark M
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Re: Not enough RAM to run Photoshop

tom hardwick wrote:
Wonder what will happen next time I boot up?

tom.

 

You don't want to do that... just leave it running to be on the safe side.

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