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Windows 7: Would Photoshop 7 from 2002 be compatible with Windows 7?

02 Jun 2011   #21
Artsieladie

OS: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thank you again. I followed your first link and wound up here: Memory allocation and usage (Photoshop CS), where Adobe explains that if you have too much available memory, the "memory and image cache" needs to be reduced to 70%. I think this may be my problem, because I have 8GB RAM and hardly any space used. However, I can't now seem to find exactly where I am to make this adjustment to 70%. Hmm... baby steps I seem to be taking here. I find out a little bit more, but then not quite enough to get me all the way to where I need to get to.

At the end of the article, it says quote: "The Adjusted Refresh plug-in, available free on the Adobe website at Adobe - Downloads , reduces tile size as well as Photoshop's initial allocation of RAM and scratch disk. The plug-in may slow performance on systems with more than 1 GB of RAM or that use multiprocessors."

Well, I have 8GB and 4 processors.

There are some more links yet I'm going to go to and read as well. Thank you so much for the leads... and I'm a followin'.


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02 Jun 2011   #22
digiday

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi Artsieladie,

Wow, that's allot of RAM. I didn't know one could have "too much" RAM or hard drive space... I guess anything is possible.

The image cache is set from within Photoshop, which is hard to do if you can't open Photoshop!

I'm glad that you are finding further information from that webpage. If all else fails, try that link to Noel's profile page on the Adobe forum, he knows all kinds of stuff about Photoshop.

PooMan, on this forum, is also an expert, but he had a post or two on this thread, so he would, most likely, be getting notices about your inquiry, and if he isn't posting any responses yet, then he may be incommunicado right now.

Let me know what happens for sure.

Good luck Artsieladie,

digi
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02 Jun 2011   #23
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hiya Artsieladie

From your system spec it looks like your running 1 HDD. (& 5 Displays ... you must have a massive desk )
PS Prefers to have more than one drive so it can use the second drive as a "scratch disk" (temporary place when it runs out of RAM a bit like a swap file)
You can still run PS on one drive with no problems but sometimes PS doesn't want to play ball.
Photoshop 7 can only use the first 2 GB of RAM on the computer. This limit is based on hardware and operating system limitations. The operating system uses some of this RAM, so the Photoshop Memory Usage preference displays only a maximum of 1.6 or 1.7 GB of total available RAM.
You have 8GB Ram which means you might have to change the setting under "edit" "settings" "memory & cache" to +- 25% (see image) Try adjusting this value and let us know how you get on


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02 Jun 2011   #24
digiday

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi PooMan,

Good to see you are out there.

I think AL said she couldn't get Photoshop open at all, not even to change any settings.

digi
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02 Jun 2011   #25
Artsieladie

OS: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello PooMan and Digi

Yes, as Digi says, I do need to actually be able to open Photoshop to do what you suggest. I don't suppose there would be a 'back door' kinda' way to be able to make the adjustments? Umm... a way to make adjustments without having to get Photoshop opened first? Probably not... and I'm just grasping at straws right now, me thinks.

Digi: I am looking through the Adobe forums for some info in this regard, but I haven't come across any that is specific with my problem as of yet, although there are threads about the "scratch disk" issue.

Thank you both kindly for your help!

/Artsie
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02 Jun 2011   #26
digiday

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi AL,

I'm not sure what else to recommend besides the Adobe forum and the resident expert there, Noel... here is the Adobe Photoshop forum link and the link to Noel's public profile on the Adobe forum...
Adobe Forums: Forum: Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Forums: Noel Carboni's Profile

I'm sure Noel or someone there will know what to do... I sent Noel an email about your dilemma, but he hasn't replied yet.

If he isn't online, I'm sure another expert will be ready with some helpful answers.

Seek and ye shall find (dumb cliche, I know).

digi
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02 Jun 2011   #27
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I had zero issues with CS2 in windows 7. It won't hurt to try it out. If it works, let us know
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02 Jun 2011   #28
digiday

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hey Liq,

I'm not sure if you are reading the material... Artsieladie has Photoshop 7... PS CS2 would be PS 9... PS 7 is before the CSs came out.

She can't open it up... that is the problem... this is not still the origianl question from this thread that started 5 months ago.

Coffee time!

digi
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03 Jun 2011   #29
digiday

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi Artsieladie,

My friend Noel just replied to my email... here's what he had to say...

Photoshop 7 could not handle very large numbers when it came to free disk space. It pre-dated the huge hard drives we have today and simply did not use enough bits.

The workaround for this would be to make a small partition on your hard drive just for Photoshop's scratch disk uses, or even plug in a smaller hard drive just for scratch disk use.

So he is suggesting either reformatting your hard drive and making a smaller partition, like dividing the hard drive in to two or more hard drives when going through the format process... but this would mean blanking out the hard drive to re-format it and partition it and then re-installing Windows 7, then installing Photoshop 7 on the new, smaller partition... or...

Plug in a smaller USB or Firewire hard drive, maybe an inexpensive 30 gig model or something like that, and install Photoshop 7 on that drive, then it should see that smaller hard drive space that it is located on and it would open up correctly.

Does this sound like a good possibility?

digi
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03 Jun 2011   #30
Artsieladie

OS: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi Digi,

I did go to Noel's profile, but I didn't know if I should contact him directly and so I didn't look into doing this. Instead, I went on to the forums to see if I could find a thread relating to my specific problem, which I haven't found. With forums I'm leery about starting a new thread that the subject matter may be redundant because many forums frown on this, but I can certainly understand the reasoning for this. So I especially thank you Digi for contacting him.

Being tired of having a computer with not enough memory and "umph" to be able to do what I want to, I decided to get mega of both, so a new computer could handle whatever I would want to venture into, mainly graphics, animation, and music. I was told by a friend of mine to ask for a machine that could handle gaming, since gaming requires the incorporating of all three of these aforementioned aspects. I have been told that I have a nice machine, but at the present time, I'm not yet impressed. :P

Since the whole re-formatting and the re-installation of Windows 7 sounds like a bit much for me to be able to do on my own, I think I like the second option better, which if I am understanding correctly, would just involve purchasing a flashdrive kinda' thing that would plug into one of my USB ports? *is feeling so absolutely computer illiterate right about now* :P

When I spoke to a Dell tech, he explained that adding another harddrive to my computer would be complicated, because there is more involved than just putting one in. He also explained a bit about the partitions and that Dell doesn't get into this aspect, but the partitions are for protecting your programs, photos, etc., that you place onto your computer, since anything "behind" these partitions, a virus can't infect, for it can only get at your C:/ drive. But working with or adding partitions would require hiring a computer tech to do this.

This all seems so complicated! I feel like stuff is getting explained to me that I'm not knowledgeable enough to grasp. However, I'm very appreciative all the same. Hopefully I am learning some at least, of what's being offered. :P

/Artsie
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