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why does my paintbrush paint so slow even envoking the hourglass, just to simply paint on a white background? Seems like something else is using up precious memory or something, yet nothing is running in the task manager. i have p.s. 7.0 on xp.
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Go Edit>Preferences>Memory & Image Cache and increase the amount of RAM PS is allowed to take. Remember this is the percent of available RAM after the OS and everything running in the background has taken the RAM they need. PS defaults to a low number. Start with 90% and see if anything else like your scanner slows down.

Clean out your services and msconfig/startup. Go from Applications to Processes in Task Manager and you will likely see room for improvement. If you go View>Select Columns in Processes and add Mem Usage and Peak Mem Usage you will get an idea of how much RAM each of those running processes is using.

Services: http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm
Msconfig/startup: http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm
Check each item before eliminating it.

Of course the ultimate fix is another stick of RAM. I have a Gig for Photoshop and have it set to take 93%. The extra is to run the scanner so it doesn’t have to write to the hard drive to scan. With a very large file and a large brush I can still grind to a halt while it writes to the HD, but it doesn’t happen often.
 
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